Simpson Bay Lagoon Causeway Bridge


The Simpson Bay Lagoon Causeway Bridge connects the St Maarten Cole Bay and Simpson Bay districts over the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The bridge stretches for seven hundred meters (its swing bridge part for 60), and is also vital for the Marigot and Grand Case areas to reach Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).  Previously, French side traffic had to make a detour via the Lowlands area.


The bridge was built in the Netherlands and shipped and installed in 2013. The shipping was an enterprise by itself as the weight is 450.000 kilos.


At night, colorful lights add to the landmark feel of the causeway bridge. If the love between you and your partner is forever, don’t forget to put a lock symbolizing such on the special fence on the bridge!


The straight footpaths of the causeway bridge are amongst St Maarten’s most popular sprint and jogging locations.


The Simpson Bay Lagoon Causeway Bridge should not be confused with the Simpson Bay Bridge over Welfare road. Whereas the causeway bridge connects two sides of the lagoon, the Simpson Bay bridge forms the gateway for ships in the lagoon into the Caribbean sea.


Opening times and VHF


The bridge opens at 8am, 10am and 3.30 pm. Depending on tides, the height is 6.2 meters and its width 23m with a controlling depth of 6m. Its VHF number is 12; the bridge operations can be contacted via +1-721 545-5230 / 545-3183.For more nautical information pertaining to the bridges in the lagoon, please see our dedicated yachting page.


Find the location of the Simpson Bay Bridge on the map below! 









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