Simpson Bay: St Maarten’s Center of Watersports & Nightlife


Simpson Bay is another part of the island which holds a lot of culinary and entertainment. You can find many St Maarten resorts here like AtriumLaVistaFlamingo, Simpson Bay Resort and Royal Palm resort.


Even though there is a great nightlife on the strip, there is also a quieter side of Simpson Bay where one can relax. Such as on Kim Sha Beach next to many local vendors for the authentic taste of the island and on Simpson Bay Beach which is one of the longest beaches on the island.


It is said that Simpson Bay village was named after captain John Simpson, who defeated and sank two pirate frigates in the vicinity of what is now Simpson bay, which is located on the west side of the island. This most probably happened during the second half of 17th century. Apparently captain Simpson was from Scandinavian origin, related to chose colonist that came to St. Barthélemy and of which some settled here as a fishing community.


This bay is a hotspot for mega yachts and sailing. In March, you are prone to find the lagoon totally full when the St Maarten Yacht Club’s Heineken Regatta sets sail.

If you are into hiking, try the westcoast trail leading from Kim Sha beach to Mullet Bay, passing by no less than 5 beaches bordering the Caribbean and the Simpson Bay Lagoon.


See the 360° video of the area above!


Where to find Simpson Bay on St Maarten / St Martin


Find the Simpson Bay area on the map below!




Best things to do in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area:

Best St Maarten / St Martin activities in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area: 

• Take a sailing tour of choice from Aquamania or Eagle Tours!

• Go all sport and let Trisport guide you on a scavenger hunt , or one of its other Simpson Bay based adventures!

• See what sailing activities are going on on the St Maarten Yacht Club!

• Spend a day at Simpson Bay Beach  or Pelican Key Beach!

• Take a Pyratzsxm lunch boat out to sea!

• Listen to some beautiful live piano music nowhere else but at The Red Piano!

• Visit and learn from the visitors center / laboratory of local cosmetics multinational St. Maarten Nectar!

• Take a day trip to Saba!

• Enjoy your Sports events at Replay Bar!

 Take a hike on the Billy Folly & Pelican hiking trail!

Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail while listening to nice music at Kingsman.


Best St Maarten / St Martin restaurants in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area: 

Pineapple Pete’s / Wasabi Charlie’s

• Sale & Pepe

La Patrona

The Hideaway

Beirut Lebanese Restaurant

Juliette’s Bistro!

Toppers Rhum Distillery



Al Pasha


Best St Maarten / St Martin nightlife activities in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area:

Toppers Rhum Distillery

Replay Sports Bar


Best St Maarten / St Martin shops in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area:



Best St Maarten / St Martin resorts in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area: 

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

Flamingo Beach Resort

Royal Palm Beach Resort

Atrium Beach Resort & Spa

La Vista Resort


Best St Maarten / St Martin boutique hotels in the Simpson Bay / Pelican area: 

The Azure Hotel

The Horny Toad Guest House

Royal Palm Beach Resort

Commodore Suites