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Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach is the main Beach on the Dutch Side St Maarten where the Cruise Ships Dock in the town of Philipsburg. Great Bay Beach is a super long stretch of Beach that is amazing for swimming and taking the sun. Perfect for families and friends to hang out. This beach is literally on the boardwalk and some of the best shopping anywhere in the Caribbean is only a few feet away.

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Jun 25, 2017
Love this beach. So conveniently located to the ship, shopping and restaurants and bars.

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Maho Beach

Maho Beach is on the Dutch side of St Maarten. The beach is located on the tip of the Princess Juliana airport and while you are there you can watch the jumbo jets land and take off just over your head. The experience is world renowned and something everyone that visits St Maarten should try. The beach at Maho beach is also known for having the best sunsets on the island hence there being a bar called Sunset bar located at the end of the beach.

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May 27, 2012
Moho beach is a favorite destination of mine because of the planes landing and taking off at the princess julianne airport there. You can watch jumbo jets land and take off. but hold on, because they can blow you back into the water from the thrust of the engines.St Maarten in an island that is half french and have dutch and offers a lot of very unique beaches,tours and dinning options.

Jun 24, 2013
Maho Beach in St. Maarten is the most popular beach in the Dutch side at Princess Juliana airport. Here you will see 747 planes takes off right over your head! as the run way is facing the beach. Its insane! Nice Tiki huts around the beach vicinity. White sand beach and crystal clear water. Here you will find hot bodies and bikinis on the beach!

May 23, 2017
Maho Beach is the place to go in St Maarten, Amazing views of the planes landing and good people all around.

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Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy Beach is St Maarten is a small clothing optional beach located at the Southwest corner of St Maarten. It has lots of rocks around the beach area and is surrounded by high rise condo development.

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May 23, 2017
Cupecoy beach is nice, but out of the way. you really have to get there so to speak. the water is also very ruff at time with big under current so not the nest for kids. but nice if you want to get away from the cruise ship tourist crowd and just relax on a private beach

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Friars Bay

Friars Bay (also called "Anse des Pres") in St martin on the french side near Marigot. The beach is small and great for families. There is usually calm water with no waves.

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Simpsons Bay Beach

Simpson Bay in St Maarten is a long white sand beach. Along the beach you will see many resort hotels and services available like bars and restaurants.

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Orient Beach

Orient Beach is on the french Side St Martin. It is the most poplar beach on the island and offers visitors the option of a natural beach experience with clothing optional areas too. the waters are usually calm but on windy days you can experiences big waves. Along the whole stretch of beach there are many facilities to enjoy with great authentic food and bar services along with water sport activities. Orient Bay is a must on your visit to french St martin.

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Oct 18, 2013
One of the best beaches in the Carribean for sure!

May 23, 2017
Orient Beach in St Martin is really nice, the water is sometimes ruff so not the best for young kids but great for water sports like kite boarding. The main reason why a lot of people head over to the french side is for the culture. You will find so many European style restaurants and meet alot of great people. The other reason is of course for the Nude Beach that is on the far side of Orient Beach.

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This week we are visiting the Island of St Maarten / St Martin. The French & Dutch Island in the Eastern Caribbean is one of my favorite Islands which i have visited and cruised to at least 20 times. The connection I'll share with you today is a popular one that shouldn't be missed. Maho Beach, Also known as Airport beach which is on the Dutch Side is the same side that your cruise ship will dock. To get here you have to take a taxi or rent a car or take a local bus. Whenever I go to St Maarten I usually rent a car because I like to explore and visit places on the Dutch side and French Side. If you are a little adventurous renting a car is the way to go. The island is pretty easy to Navigate and if you get lost the Island locals are very friendly to point you in the right direction. But if you just want to take a taxi there that's no problem too. there is also local buses that go around the island which you can catch, they are little mini vans with signs in the windshield that say which way there are going. if you see a van with a sign that says "Airport beach" or 'Maho" that's the bus you want to go in. If you decide to rent a car allow yourself enough time to get back as traffic in the afternoon is usually pretty bad. Now, When you get to the beach you will find a nice section of white sand to spend the day on, it is usually pretty crowded so get there early to find a spot. there is a Bar called "Sunset" which offers great views of the beach, food & drink and great views of the planes coming into land. On the other side of the beach there is also another little restaurant that serves Amazing Pizza freshly baked to order. My favorite thing to eat when I go there. Cold beers are sold on the beach as well But aside from the White sand, Blue Water, Cold beers, and great food. The main reason why people visit Maho beach is because of the Planes, Planes, planes, this is the reason why it is called Airport beach. The beach lies just at the edge of the Runway of the Princess Julianna Airport. and at around Noon time you can see the big passenger planes take off and come in for a landing. It is an amazing view and experience as they come in so close to the beach. One of the best pictures you will take on your vacation is a 737 flying right over your head. If you're brave enough to stand behind one of the big planes when they take off you will experience something really cool. The blast from the engines blows so hard that you can literally get blown back into the Ocean. Basically, If you are planning a trip to St Maarten anytime soon, Make sure to put a stop to Maho beach on your list of things to do. If you need any more info on St Maarten or any other destination, make sure to check out the website. we are always adding new connections for you. www.cruiseportconnection.com

May 22, 2017

If you havent been to ST Maarten or St Marten before you must add it to your list of cruise destinations. It is the best. The people are friendly the beaches are amazing and the shopping is to die for. You can visit the french side in the morning and then the afternoon on the Dutch side. two different cultures share one beautiful island. Try and visit Orient Beach, Airport Beach or Maho Beach.

Jul 23, 2015

The Beach in St Maarten on the Dutch side right next to the Cruise Port is really nice and within walking distance. You can take a taxi to Airport beach on the Dutch Side or to Orient Bay on the french side. All the beaches in St Maarten are really nice.

Feb 22, 2015

St. Maarten is a well known Southern Caribbean port.St Maarten is a very safe port and the vendors are not aggressive. Wide options from dining tours and shopping. By the way here you can purchase Grande Absente! White sand beaches and blue water, very accessible to the port.

Jun 24, 2013

St. Maarten is a well known Caribbean getaway. Famous with its long stretched white sand beaches restaurant bars grills and shopping. Blue crystal clear water. It is a Dutch and French side. The Dutch side beach is very accessible to the ship via water taxi or short walk. The Dutch side beach and restaurants is facing the ships while dock at the port. Nice palm trees. Very Safe area.

Jun 24, 2013

I always say that one of the best things about cruising is you don't always know exactly what your going to get. you could be on a western Caribbean cruise and mother natures appears and the next thing you know you are on an Eastern Caribbean cruise. Well thank you mother nature, because this week I got to go to beautiful St. Maarten. If you haven't been you have to go and if you have been then you know why im saying this.

Jun 21, 2012

Moho beach ws the coolest place ever. when i was there a 747 plane landed on the runway of the airport which was less than 100 feet away. If you are ever there you have to see it for yourself. the pictures dont do it justice. Orient beach was nice to. I recommend renting a vehicle and exploring the whole island.

Jun 16, 2010
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On the Dutch side, all the action is centered around Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten.  Wathey Square is a bustle of activity with taxis, vans and peddlers at the wharf.  On Front Street is the historic Passangrahan Hotel, which was once the Royal Guest House for Dutch royalty.  The Sint Maarten Museum houses pre-Columbian relics and artifacts from Fort Amsterdam and the shipwrecked HMS Proselyte.

Visit Maho Beach on the Dutch side St Maarten and watch the jumbo jets land and take off right over your head. be care full as when they go to take off the thruster packs a punch and a few tourist have been blown off their feet. This is a must see when in St Maarten.

Fort Amsterdam is on a narrow stretch of land that separates Little Bay from Great Bay.  The Dutch built this more than 300 year old citadel on top of the foundation of a Spanish built fort.  From Fort Amsterdam, you can see Fort Willem.  From 1801 to 1848, Fort Willem changed hands 16 times among the Dutch, French and British.  Visitors to St. Maarten will have no trouble finding ways to enjoy themselves.  Philipsburg is home to a number of charming restaurants.  Streets bustle with shops, many offering imported goods from The Netherlands, such as cheeses, chocolates, Delftware and yes, wooden shoes.  You'll find prices here much lower than in the United States.  There are also several casinos.  Active vacationers as well can enjoy a range of sports on St. Maarten, including parasailing, snorkeling and diving, horseback riding, fishing and kayaking.

Marigot on the French side, is quintessential Paris, residents sip coffee at sidewalk cafés and watch the world go by.  The town is bustling with shoppers, business people and tourists.  At night, couples take to the streets hand in hand, savouring the cool breezes that come from Baie de Marigot.  Also on the French side is Grand Case, where you`ll find restaurants featuring some of the finest French cooking in the Caribbean.


St. Maarten is the Dutch side of a 37-square mile island shared with French St. Martin. Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch St. Maarten offers visitors many activities and amenities, making it a haven for tourists in recent years. The territory combines the elegance and sophistication of Europe with the warmth and charm of the West Indies.

Temperature:   ranges from 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit

Currency:    the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder on St. Maarten; Euro on St. Martin.

Language:     Dutch on St. Maarten and French on St. Martin, however English is spoken everywhere.


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