Beautiful beach in Beautiful beach in Great Bay © MF
Great Bay, a fun vacation destination
The beach of Great Bay is pretty crowded due to its proximity to Philipsburg
, which is situated less than 1 km away. You can say that the beach is located right in the heart of the Dutch capital of Saint Marteen Island
, so all tourists that choose this side of the island to find a villa
or flat to rent
will definitely be curious to discover the beautiful beach and spend a day or more here.
The beach is equipped with sun lounges and umbrellas, but you shouldn’t arrive too late if you want to catch your spot on the white velvety sand of Great Bay. The waters are perfectly clear and shallow, so families with children will absolutely love this beach. There is a restaurant right on the bea
The courthouse in St.Martin © michaklootwijk
ch, perfect for a quick lunch or snacks. If you want to enjoy a complete menu, you could go to one of the restaurants that can be found on the promenade and, while you’re there, shop a bit.
Being so close to Philipsburg and, consequently, to the Philipsburg Airport, many find Great Bay as one of the best weekend ideas for a quick getaway. They are the ones who usually benefit from the fabulous last minute offers
of vacation rental owners.
Attractions close to Great Bay
Due to its location, Great Bay is close to many of the attractions you can find on Sint Maarten Island. Philipsburg has two main streets, Front Street and Back Street, the epicenter of fun activities, attractions and, of course, duty-free stores. On the Front Street you will also be able to find The
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Courthouse, the former residence of Commander John Philips, the founder of Philipsburg, and one of the most visited sights on the Dutch side
of the Saint Martin Island.
On the same Front Street, you can also discover the Sint Maarten Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the island, from its beginning, the period when the Arawak people lived here, to its recent times.
The Sint Maarten Zoo houses over 80 species of animals, the most admired being undoubtedly the exotic parrots of the Caribbean
. The Zoo also has play and recreation areas, as well as a shop for you to buy beautiful souvenirs.
Fort Amsterdam in Philipsburg © steheap
And, because you are visiting the Dutch side of the island, you can’t miss a visit to one of the 13 casinos here. The closest one is Golden Casino
, situated only 300 m away from Great Bay. If you want to visit the other casinos on the island and to have access to some of the most popular clubs and bars, you should consider renting a car. The closest car rental office is located in Philipsburg, only 1 km away from Great Bay.
If you want to plan some fun day trips and discover the French West Indies
side of the island, you can choose destinations like Marigot
, Orient Bay
and Grand Case
, the most visited resorts in this area.