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“Very nice beach in the heart of Philipsburg” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach
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Great Bay Beach Day with Transportation
Ranked #5 of 53 things to do in Philipsburg
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Finksburg, Maryland
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316 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Very nice beach in the heart of Philipsburg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Just a short water taxi ride from where your cruise ship docks in Great Bay Beach. The beach itself is very wide so no matter how many ships are in for the day you can find a spot and rent a lounger and umbrella for a few hours. The water is nice and refreshing and the surf is not too rough to enjoy. Just off the beach is a boardwalk with many restaurants, bars, and shops. And it's a quick walk inward to more shopping. If you have seen all there is to see on St. Maarten, and that's not very much then this is a very nice way to spend a few hours ashore.

Visited November 2013
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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261 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Long stretch of sand”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

The crowd level on this beach is directly proportionate to the number of cruise ships in port that day. However, there is plenty to do and plenty to look at. No shortage of food and drink here.

Visited July 2014
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Bronx, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

This beach was warm and oh so blue. The only thing to beware is of the dip off the shore. I especially liked that there were NO locals on the beach trying to sell us stuff. So peaceful!

Visited July 2014
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Dyer, IN
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209 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach close to cruise ship port”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We stopped at st maarten on our cruise. We didn't book an excursion so we decided to just go to this beach as it was close to ship. We were the only ship in port that day; I imagine if there were more ships, it would have been quite busy. We paid $7 per person for the water taxi to take us to the downtown area. The locals promptly approach you with chair rentals, excursions, etc. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella with free wifi for $15. The sand is beautiful and the water is clear and warm. The locals are pretty aggressive with offering their massages, hair braiding, jewelry, etc.; just tell them no thanks and they'll go away. It was a really enjoyable beach day!

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“most beautiful beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

the water was perfect and the sand is nice! we stayed in the ocean most of the day. the weather was perfect!

Visited July 2014
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