The expansive arc of Simpson Bay Beach, St Maarten’s longest, has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean beach: squeaky white sands, clear, lapping waters and gently waving palms. While it backs on to Princess Juliana Airport, you shouldn’t be unduly disturbed by noise, and the space and relative lack of other visitors will make you feel like you’ve found your private tropical paradise.

But as soon as you’re ready to return to civilization it’s right there, in the numerous bars and restaurants within reach of the beach. Or feast your eyes on nearby Cole Bay Hill, whose lookout offers stunning views towards neighboring islands, all the way south to St Kitts.

Practical Info

Simpson Bay is in the island’s south-west next to the main airport, 10 minutes drive away from both Marigot and Philipsburg (respectively, the French and Dutch administrative centers).

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St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Take to the water on a comprehensive speedboat tour of St Maarten, with several snorkeling stops included in your 6-hour excursion. Snorkel at Creole Rock, ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Experience the true Caribbean way on this evening dinner cruise! Guests are treated to an open bar and snacks as the catamaran sails along the coast of St. ...  Read more

Location: Simpson Bay, St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, spend your time exploring its top snorkel sites. Your 6-hour shore excursion takes you by speedboat on a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

St Maarten Gourmet Dinner Sailing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Feast on a delicious gourmet dinner as you admire the sunset over the Caribbean! You’ll take in gorgeous views along the coastline of St Maarten during a ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.99

Discover Scuba in St Maarten

Take the plunge into the underwater world of St Maarten on this scuba diving adventure for beginners -- a perfect introduction! Ease into the calm and clear ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.99

St Maarten Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

St Maarten has a wealth of dive sites to explore with many wrecks and reefs for PADI certified scuba divers to enjoy. Dive into the warm and inviting waters ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.99

The St Maarten Experience: Marigot and Party Cruise to Simpson Bay

Enjoy both the Dutch and French sides of the island of St Martin by land and water on this combo coach tour and party cruise. From the St Maarten city of ...  Read more

Location: St Maarten (St Martin)
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

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