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“Great little beach with good water but limited service.”
Review of Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach
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Sightseeing Cruise to Anguilla from St Maarten
Ranked #4 of 56 things to do in Philipsburg
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

With lots of great beaches to choose from I wouldn't make a special trip for this one - but if you are staying in Philipsburg it's worth the walk (or $5 cab) to hang out here. It wasn't too crowded, the water was actually warmer than in the harbor, and there's a nice bar right there.

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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Taking a cruise, we arrived at St Martin with no agenda other than to go to a beach. We went to the information desk, but they did not want to give out too much information. I pressed them for which beaches were less crowded and allowed for good snorkeling and this one was finally recommended. It turned out to be very near the pier, around one point. The beach was spectacular. We rented chairs and umbrellas right near the beach-side bar. We snorkeled around and found that swimming along the point yielded the best sea life views. We actually swam (twice) to the end of the point where there was a floating tiki bar. We think the ship charged to take folks there. It would not have been worth the money, in our opinion. All in all, a great day at the beach!

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

This beach is near Philipsburg, separated from its larger partner (Great Bay) by a small peninsula. Unlike Great Bay which is directly accessible from the town and has numerous restaurants and hotels along its length, Little Bay is relatively less developed with only 2 hotels, Divi Little Bay and Belair Beach, on it. Your access to the beach is solely through those hotels. We stayed at the Divi and I am not sure what the policies are for non-guests. The Divi was the bigger of the 2 establishments. There were a lot of water activities available at the Divi as well as restaurants and a bar overlooking the beach.

The beach was pristine without washed-up trash or seaweed spoiling the sands. Clearly the hotel staff were making sure the beach stayed clean. The beach was never crowded when we visited but it was the low season at the time (June) but the relative seclusion would probably have contributed to this.

Jet skis, stand up paddle boards, snorkel gear, water skiing, banana boat rides, sailboat rides were all available for rent from the Divi Resort. There was a rock pile and breakwater that enclosed a portion of the water near the beach. This enclosed area of water acted as a wading pool for smaller children. The rocks were easy to swim to and turned out to be full of small reef fish including schools of Sargeant Majors (yellow-black stripes); there were hardly any corals but obviously there was enough growth for the fish to thrive. Hopefully they will continue to do so.

In the evenings we would watch the brightly-lit cruise ships as the headed out back into the Caribbean Sea from the cruise port in nearby Great Bay.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Great place to relax, quiet and peacefully. Restaurant and all facilities, even a bit of shopping. Theme nights at the restaurant, reasonably priced. Staff a bit slow but food is good, so worth the wait.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Little Bay Beach is one of the most relaxing and beautiful beaches on the island. I come to this beach every year and in just a few hours of being on this beach a year’s worth of stress is just melted away. When I think of peace, a vision of this beach and its wonderful sounds and smells overwhelm me. The resort company Belair owns the Western side of the beach, while the resort company Divi owns the Eastern side. Both sides of the beach are easily accessible, but I believe the Divi owned side has more to offer. The calmest surf is found on the far eastern side. It is great for children. The slow crash of the waves is extremely peaceful. Behind this tranquil part of the beach is Divi’s Seabreeze Café that offers a wonderful variety of food and drink. There is a wonderful ecosystem of aquatic life along the rocks on the far eastern side of the beach, which makes for great snorkeling. As you move towards the west, the beach hosts a beach shack that offers a variety of equipment from snorkel gear to sand toys. The shack also offers jet skiing, which was great addition to my trip this year. This leads up to the main beach owned by Divi. It is large and has crystal clear water, soft sand, and is very clean. The beach is almost never packed with people so finding a chair should be easy. One exception would be during a busy cruise day in which grabbing a chair early in the morning would be ideal. The waves are a bit stronger on this part of the beach but they are still calm enough for children to play and allow for a relaxing swim. Gizmo’s bar lies behind this beach area and is great for a quick bite to eat. Gizmo, the parrot at the bar, is friendly and talkative. The bar also offers drink service on the beach so you do not need to get up out of the sun. This area is the best for just lying down, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the soft sounds and sweet smells of the ocean. Belair owns the side of the beach further west. This beach is smaller and is at a steeper incline, but still offers wonderfully soft sand and calm waves. Chairs are usually readily available. Like the other parts of the beach, this side offers a fantastic view of the never-ending blue ocean. A convenient and delicious addition to this part of the beach is the Gingerbread Café. This is Belair’s restaurant that sits right on the beach. The Gingerbread Café offers great views of the ocean and has an extremely friendly staff as well as great food. Overall, the Little Bay Beach is a serene and tranquil beach that has plenty of activities to offer, making it one of the best beaches on St. Maarten.

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