Looking For Great Beaches & Anchorages?
If you are planning to sail in St. Martin during your next yacht charter and you are looking forward to visiting great beaches, you will not be disappointed. With over 36 beaches in 70 kilometers of coastline between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this magical island has wonderful seascapes to offer.
Each of St. Martin beaches is unique and reflects the rich diversity of the island. Either if you are looking for watersports (diving, snorkeling, surfing), a party atmosphere, or have a relaxing time under the sun, you will find the perfect beach for you.
Here we have a list of our recommended Best Beaches in St. Martin you can’t miss on your next yacht charter:
1. Long Bay
One of the longest beaches on the island, Baie Longue (or Long Bay) is located in French St. Martin, on the western coast of the island. It is one of the island’s quietest beaches, where you can rest under the sun, with only the gentle lapping of the waves to disturb you. You'll feel like you're in paradise with the turquoise seas, white sands, and friendly pelicans.
TIP: You can’t miss watching the sunset at the bar in La Samanna’s restaurant.
Long Bay photo by Richie Diesterheft. CC BY
2. Orient Bay
Baie Orientale (Orient Bay) beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches on the island. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is known as the “Saint Tropez of the Caribbean,” because of its glamor and wide range of deluxe amenities, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.
TIP: On the southern tip of the bay, you can find a naturist beach.
Orient Bay, photo by Alljengi . CC BY
3. Happy Bay
After a 10 minutes hike through the hills, you will reach this tropical beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, as it has managed to preserve its authentic and untouched charm.
TIP: With its white sands and coconut trees, Happy Bay beach is ideal for picnicking.
Happy Bay, photo by Richie Diesterheft. CC BY
4. Red Bay
Baie Rouge, or Red Bay, beach is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in St. Martin, but also one of the most popular. It takes its name from its slightly colored sand. The beach has plenty of life and a pleasant atmosphere, with small beach restaurants, and clubs with deckchairs and parasols.
TIP: Competent swimmers will enjoy swimming through the small rock arch, where a small secluded beach awaits at the base of the cliffs.
Red Bay. Photo by Rennette Stowe. CC BY
This is an uninhabited island located 4km from the northeast coast of St. Martin. This peaceful beach with greenery covering 100 hectares in the middle of the ocean lies within the boundary of the St. Martin Nature Reserve. It features the remains of an airstrip, a small rail track, and a cotton plantation.
This island has different beaches, where we can highlight the Baie Blanche, the most accessible bay on the west coast that has a delightful beach for swimming; and another one on the east side of the island, that is rocky and wild, not suitable for swimming but to discover diverse fish species.
TIP: There isn’t a place to buy food or water on the island, so come well prepared.
East Beach, Tintamarre Island, photo by Christine Warner Hawks. CC BY
6. Pinel Island
This small island is in the heart of the Nature Reserve, on the east coast of St. Martin. Here you can find two breathtaking beaches: the one facing St. Martin is a white sand strip with shallow waters, ideal for a family with children. The other one is stony and wild, 10 minutes walk away on the other side of the island.
Pinel Island. Photo by @gusmilossi. Used with permission.
7. Petite Cayes
This unspoiled and deserted beach is perfect for nature lovers, as well as a great spot for surfers.
TIP: The access is roughly a 30-minute walk, but is worth the trek!
Petite Cayes Beach, photo by Christine Warner Hawks. CC BY
8. St. Jean Beach (St. Barts)
It's actually two beaches in one, separated by a promontory known as Eden Rock. There are hotels, watersports activities, restaurants and shops; that build up a lively atmosphere on most days.
St. Jean Beach, photo by John M. CC BY
9. Gouverneur Beach (St. Barts)
On this beautiful south coast beach, you can admire scenic cliffs that ring the sand, where you can snorkel and explore. It’s a bit of a drive to get there, but the reward is a feeling of remoteness and privacy.
10. Shoal Bay East (Anguilla)
This famous beach has it all, from an offshore reef that attracts colorful, tropical fish and snorkelers, to buzzing bars, great restaurants and luxury beach restorts.
TIP: Just pick a spot to place your towel and spend the day between the blue water and fresh drinks.
Shoal Bay, Anguilla. Photo by @ericgolda. Used with permission.
If you are planning your next yacht charter to St. Martin, you can’t miss our St. Martin Yacht Charter Itinerary.