Orient Bay, St. Martin: This happening strand may be clothing-optional, but it also happens to be a beautiful beach. If you’re looking for water-sports action and a lively beach-bar scene, this is the place to find it.
Baie Longue, St. Martin: The longest and perhaps most private stretch of sand on St. Martin, and a fine place to spot celebrities staying at La Samanna.
Baie de l’Embouchure/Galion Beach, St. Martin: This crescent is encircled (and protected) by a reef, making it a prime family beach. But the steady breezes lure windsurfers too. It’s a great place to glide, and learn.
Happy Bay, St. Martin: It’s a short hike to this remarkably pretty, remarkably deserted scimitar of blinding sand where you can act out Robinson Crusoe fantasies.
Pinel Island, St. Martin: This tiny offshore cay makes for a wonderful day trip with a perfect lagoon to paddle around in.
Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten: This Dutch-side beach boasts gorgeous multihued cliffs pocked with caves, and the occasional green flash sighting at sunset.
Dawn Beach, St. Maarten: The views of St. Barts, great beach bars, excellent windsurfing, and superb snorkeling enchant at any time of day.
What are you favorite beaches in Sint Maarten? Let us know in the comments!
Photos courtesy of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau