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Best Beaches in St. Martin’s French Side

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May 20, 2022

Last updated on November 26th, 2022 at 09:45 pm

Nestled in the Caribbean sits the island of St. Martin. The island is split into two, with the northern portion being a part of the Republic of France, and the south is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Between both the French and the Dutch sides, you’ll find more than 40 white sand beaches that lead into the turquoise blue water. Many who visit have a preference towards which side they stay on. The French side is less child-friendly for couples traveling than the Dutch side, making it the perfect destination for honeymooners and couples in love.

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Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach 

Orient Bay Beach is the most famous beach in St. Martin. Known as the St. Tropez of the Caribbean, you’ll enjoy calm waters perfect for swimming and plenty of shore-side amenities. You can also enjoy nude-friendly portions. At night, stroll the beach and listen to the live music coming from various bars and clubs before getting a drink and watching the stars.

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Plum Bay Beach St Martin

Plum Bay Beach

Plum Bay 

Plum Bay is the ultimate romantic spot to bring a bottle of champagne and watch the sunset with your love. During the day, this is also a prime spot for surfers! It’ll feel secluded and quiet, no matter what time of day you visit.

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Happy Beach St Martin

Happy Bay Beach St Martin

Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach is perfect for those wanting to be on the beach but also want some shade. This is a less popular beach than some, but it is also where the annual SXM festival is held. There isn’t a direct road to the beach, but you can get there easily with a 10-minute walk from Friar’s Bay.

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Grand Case Beach St Martin

Grand Case Beach

Grand Case Beach 

A smaller beach located in a fishing village, Grand Case Beach is great for a day in the sun that also revolves around good food and adventure. From here, you can go diving or snorkeling out at Creole Rock and see sea turtles, tropical fish, and seabirds. Onshore, you will find street cart food and upscale restaurants that will all have you coming back for more. It’s the Gourmet Capital of the island, and visiting here is a must!

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Baie Rouge Beach

Baie Rouge Beach

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Baie Rouge Beach 

With its red sand, Baie Rouge is a large beach that very rarely feels crowded. A lot of people come here to enjoy snorkeling at the Devil’s Hole archway. There’s also a great beach bar where you can rent umbrellas and chairs for the day.

Nettle Bay 

You can easily access Nettle Bay off of the highway in Sandy Ground. This area has become popular for developers recently, but it’s a great spot to visit if you want to do water sports! Here, you can rent jet skis or try water skiing with your vacation companion. You can also visit the ruins of La Belle Creole at the Pointe du Bluff.

Ansel Marcel St Martin

Ansel Marcel

Anse Marcel 

If you are a family staying on the French side of St. Martin, Anse Marcel would be perfect for you! Located in a cove, the waters are calm enough for swimming or activities like stand-up paddleboarding. There are also many delicious restaurants in this area.

Visiting the French side of St. Martin is such a treat. No matter why you’re visiting or what you’re celebrating, you’ll love walking along the white beaches and dipping into the clear Caribbean Sea on your next vacation here.

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