The Best Beaches on St. Martin
Anse Marcel is a pleasant, upscale beach for couples and families. It is located in a tropical quiet bay, protected from the swell. The Marina Port de Lonvilliers is located at the northern side and includes a tiny handful of boutiques, shops, and a restaurant.
Baie Rouge Beach
One of the most intimate and quiet beaches. A perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, with calm waters making it great for swimming. The Eastern end, near the entrance area, is more popular, and people still wear clothes, but the more you go west, the less you will see other visitors, and clothing becomes optional! There is a beach bar and restaurant, lounge chairs and snorkeling gear for rental.
This beach is unique in that once you arrive, you are enclosed by rock formations and sandstone cliffs that sit behind you. If you get to the beach early enough you may find yourself relaxing in a cave all to yourself.
Dawn Beach has sugar white powdery sand, facing the east side of St. Martin. Early risers may enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise with St. Barths in the distance. Snorkeling at the coral reef is a bit off the shore, so You'll first have to swim to get to the best spots. The road that leads over is a little bumpy, but the drive is well worth it. Perfect for beach strolling or a picnic lunch; there is also a beach restaurant.
Orient beach is probably the most famous beach in the entire Caribbean. The two mile long stretch is protected from the Atlantic waves by a reef. Great for snorkeling! The beach is reputed as much for its natural beauty and setting as it is for being the island's foremost swimsuit optional beach. There are many bars and restaurants dotting the beach as well as Club Orient, the island's only naturist resort.