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Great Bay Beach
Straddling the entire length of Philipsburg, Great Bay Beach is one of St. Maarten’s longest and widest beaches. Along its 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch are lively beach bars, rum shacks, and street carts serving ice-cold beers and some of the capital’s best spots for dining and duty-free shopping. 

The Basics
Catch the cosmopolitan feel of this Dutch Caribbean city along the beach’s boardwalk, where tourists and locals stroll or zip by on bikes or Segways. Travelers may explore Great Bay Beach as part of a sightseeing tour. Island tours typically stop at St. Maarten’s most beautiful spots, including Maho Beach where planes fly at a low overhead, and some may include water-based fun such as Jet Skiing and snorkeling.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With long stretches of sand, beach bars, fine dining, and plenty of shopping, Great Bay Beach has something to appeal to most any traveler.
  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, and Jet Ski rental. Check tours for specific details.
  • Don’t forget to pack sun protection, swimwear, and water.
  • Beach loungers and chairs are available for rent.

How to Get There
While in Philipsburg, Great Bay Beach is impossible to miss—just walk south for one or two blocks at the most. From Princess Juliana International Airport, the drive is about 15 minutes, and from the cruise ship dock, about five minutes. 

When to Get There
The sunbathing crowds are largest in early morning. Weather is pleasant year-round, but warmest in summer. Spring and fall in St. Martin/St. Maarten mean cheaper rates and less chance of rain. A bonus of traveling in February through June: it’s when humpback whales are often seen.

The Boardwalk and Front Street
Just opposite the beach is the boardwalk, which abuts Front Street, the main street of Philipsburg. No visit to Great Bay is complete without spending time at both. Make a day of it by shopping for jewelry in the duty-free shops, enjoying a meal at one of the capital’s best restaurants, or trying your luck at one of the casinos. 
Address: Philipsburg, St Maarten
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The Original Eco Tour - Full day around the Island of Sint Maarten / St MartinFull-day Tours

The Original Eco Tour - Full day around the Island of Sint Maarten / St Martin

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Cruise around St Maarten with stops at Tintamarre, Creole Rock and Grand Case on this full-day sailing excursion. Explore the lovely natural beauty of Tintamarre, then head to Creole Rock for some of the island's best snorkeling. Go ashore in Grand Case, the St Maarten's culinary capital, for a gourmet lunch including wine. Cruise down the coast after lunch past Marigot Bay and Sunset Beach while enjoying an open bar. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
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4-Hour Guided Island Tour Dutch/French Highlights by Quad ATV - from Ph'burg4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

4-Hour Guided Island Tour Dutch/French Highlights by Quad ATV - from Ph'burg

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Navigate St. Maarten's most popular beaches & highlights on an ATV during this half-day adventure from Phillipsburg. Stops include Airport Beach, Mullet Bay, Marigot, and much more. This tour is mainly on-road with a portion off-road. Upon return in Great Bay, Philipsburg, you can take a refreshing swim. Bottled water, and use of ATV and helmet is included.
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Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour

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See the sights of St Maarten on a private island tour that provides the flexibility to customize your itinerary to suit your interests. With a private guide, travel to locations such as Great Bay, Oyster Pond, Cole Bay Hill, Orient Beach and the market in Marigot. Enjoy panoramic views, photo ops of the coastline and one of the island’s top experiences—watching planes fly overhead at Sunset Beach. Pickup and drop-off is at the cruise port.
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Sensation TourCultural Tours

Sensation Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of St. Maarten, including both the Dutch and French sides, on this private excursion. You’ll have a tour guide dedicated just to you and your party, and you’ll be able to move at your own pace through the highlights of the island, including the Philipsburg Courthouse, Marigot Bay, and Maho Beach.
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4-Hour Guided Island Loop&Beach by 4x4 Jeep - Absolute Best of SXM from Ph'burg4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

4-Hour Guided Island Loop&Beach by 4x4 Jeep - Absolute Best of SXM from Ph'burg

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Navigate St. Maarten's most popular beaches & highlights in a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler during this half-day adventure from Phillipsburg. Stops include Airport Beach, Mullet Bay, Marigot, and much more. This tour is mainly on-road with a portion off-road. Upon return in Great Bay, Philipsburg, you can enjoy a refreshing swim. All Jeeps have automatic transmission and are equipped with VHF radio to communicate with the tour guide. Bottled water and use of Jeep is included.
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Champagne Sunset Cruise in St MaartenSailing Trips

Champagne Sunset Cruise in St Maarten

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Watch the sun set from the deck of a catamaran during this 2-hour champagne cruise from Philipsburg. Sip unlimited champagne and enjoy delectable appetizers while you sail down the coast of St Maarten towards Long Bay. Say goodbye to another day in paradise as the sun sinks below the horizon.  
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St Maarten Sightseeing Tour by BikeBike & Mountain Bike Tours

St Maarten Sightseeing Tour by Bike

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Bike around St Maarten to explore both the French and Dutch sides of the island on this 4-hour tour. Follow your local cycling guide through Philipsburg and over the highest point of the island stunning views of the neighboring islands. Visit Marigot, Fort Louis and the famous Maho Beach. Make plenty of stops along the way to listen to your guide's engaging commentary on the history and culture of the island and take photos. This very small group tour allows your guide to customize each tour on the day of based on ability, fitness and interests
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Maho Beach TourCultural Tours

Maho Beach Tour

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The Maho Beach tour is an amazing tour that allows our guest to enjoy some of our most beautiful scenic views on our paradise island. While spending time at one of our main attractions on the island. We start the tour with a beautiful picture stop, over looking our capital, main shopping area, beautiful beach and the cruise ship docked in the harbor. we then continue to another one of our most outstanding scenic location, we call this stop the lookout point. we then continue through Simpsons, while making our way to Maho beach. the guest have an opportunity of spending 1 & half to 2 hours there. and then Making our way back to the cruise ship terminal, with an optional stop at the capital of the Dutch side of the Island for a bit of shopping, or they could be taken back to the cruise ship terminal.
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