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beaches and snorkeling in St.Maarten

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beaches and snorkeling in St.Maarten

Hi, my wife and I are going on a cruise in Jan/06 and are more interested in beaches and scenery than shopping. Since we have only

1 day in Philipsburg, Is it possible to get to, and to enjoy a beach in this limited time? If so then where?

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If you want to go close-by...go to Dawn Beach. You can snorkle there.

I was there in 1998 and Dawn Beach was never crowded. I went back in 2004 during a cruise, and was surprised at how crowded Dawn Beach was! It seemed the cruise people were all going there. If you go, go early and go back to the ship earlier to avoid the crowds.

If you want a gorgeous beach that is not crowded, you cannot beat Baie Rougue on the French side. Not so much for snorkeling...but if you want to lay on the beach without a crowd..this beach is awesome! One of my all time favorite beaches!

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Thanks for the info. We will be sailing to St. Martin next month and would also like only to go swimming. Does this beach have a restaurant/bar?

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Yes, Baie Rouge has two restaurant/bars. The waves there can be a bit intimidating though so make sure you are good swimmers or stay close to shore.

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It is definitely possible to get to and enjoy a beach while you're only on the island for the day. We normally stay on St. Martin for a week but we also have stopped there on cruises and found that it is possible to find a cab driver who will drive you to the beach, wait for you, and then drive you back to the boat. (Not too expensive either--since he is guaranteed the return trip.)

I have to amplify what the earlier poster said: Baie Rouge is **awesome**. Orient is cool, don't get me wrong -- it has a quiet end, a naked end, party in the middle, bars, watersports, shopping, etc. -- but I also enjoy finding my own little place that is off the beaten path.

Along those lines, Cupecoy is cool too. Despite it being close-by, we had Cupecoy entirely to ourselves in June.

Remember there are like 30 beaches on the island so do lots of research, pick one, and if you get tired of it, have your cabbie take you to the next one on the list :)


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