Great Bay Beach – The Beach of St Maarten Capital Philipsburg

Great Bay Beach might not be photographed as much as St Maarten’s famed Airport / Maho Beach, but it receives just as much visitors. Great Bay Beach, and its famed boardwalk alongside it, stretch for miles along the Capital of St Maarten, Philipsburg. Thanks to the presence of Great Bay Beach, it is a Fun Fact that St. Maarten has the unique position in the world of having a beachside capital!

This combination makes Great Bay Beach one of St Maarten / St Martin’s most lively and cosmopolitan beaches. The beach allows for a day at the beach, watersports as well as great locations for lunch. Both can be combined with the outstanding shopping opportunities on Frontstreet. Frontstreet is mainly famous because of its many Jewelry’s located in the street.

Where To Find Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach stretches from St Maarten’s Cruise port towards the Little Bay area. For visitors by car, it is recommended to park in Bobby’s Marina towards the Cruise Port, or at the Pondfill Boulevard.


Find Great Bay Beach and other Beaches of St Maarten / St Martin on our Interactive Map or see the 360° video of the beach above!

Things To Do

Fun Fact: St. Maarten has the unique position of having a beachside capital. Main town Philipsburg is built along the pristine white sands of Great Bay Beach, stretching for kilometers. Stroll along its majestic boardwalk, enjoy a lunch at Holland’s House Ocean Lounge, get a locally crafted beer at the Dutch Blonde Beer Bar or go for shopping in the town that proudly carries the title of best shopping port in the Caribbean.

Located between Great Bay and Little Bay, Fort Amsterdam can be found. Fort Amsterdam was the first fort build by the Dutch in the Caribbean, in 1631. The fort overlooks Philipsburg.


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