Best places to stay in St Maarten
Dawn Beach sits on the eastern shores of St Maarten around 30 minutes’ drive from the airport. As this compact island is just 13 kilometres in length and 16 kilometres wide it’s really easy to explore by car. Days in Dawn Beach are all about lounging on the powdery white sands, snorkelling to see tropical fish or sipping cocktails in laid-back beach bars and restaurants. If you fancy doing something more energetic you can venture inland to Loteries Farm to go zip-lining, or spend an afternoon discovering the wildlife at St Maarten Zoo.
Keen photographers and outdoor adventurers can also hike the nearby peak of Pic Paradis which boasts incredible vistas of the island’s interior and coastline. Hotels in Dawn Beach are a combination of villas, apartments and luxury resorts to suit all tastes and budgets.
Hotels in Dawn Beach
Simpson Bay on the south west side of the island has plenty to do during the day and in the evenings! With a backdrop of verdant hills, long stretches of white sand leading to crystal-clear waters and a plethora of bars, restaurants, clubs and casinos, you won’t be stuck for things to do! The island’s main airport is just 5 minutes’ away, and tourists often gather on Maho Beach to watch the planes swoop in to land above their heads. There is a golf course nearby if you wish to practice your swing during your stay, and a whole host of shops and supermarkets if you wish to browse for souvenirs.
If you want to spend a day reconnecting with nature, Seaside Nature Park is close by with horseback riding, hiking and snorkelling, and as the island’s ferry port is in Simpson Bay too, you can hop on a boat and explore neighbouring Anguilla for the day! If you select Simpson Bay as your preferred area to stay in St Maarten, it has most of the islands’ 4 and 5-star luxury accommodations, but don’t despair if you are travelling on a budget, there are also comfortable inns, apartments and suites to suit every need.
Hotels in Simpson Bay
Approximately 25 minutes from the airport, set on the Great Salt Pond, is the pretty town of Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of St Maarten. The town’s main streets - Front Street and Back Street are filled with Duty-Free shops, chic boutiques, casinos and restaurants, and as the cruise ships stop here, it’s lively all year round. There’s fascinating history to explore, with colourful Antillean architecture and the ruins of an old Dutch fortress nearby, and there’s a lively boardwalk lined with shops and restaurants along the edge of Great Bay Beach.
Philipsburg is popular with families, friends and couples who love history, sun worshipping and shopping, and when it comes to accommodation, the town caters to your every need. With a range of luxury hotels, guesthouses, hostels and apartments, there’s something to suit all budgets.
Hotels in Philipsburg
The resort of Lowlands on the south west of the island is less than 10 minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport and the vibrant resort of Simpson Bay. If you seek a peaceful retreat, yet still want to be close to bars, restaurants, golf courses and nightlife, Lowlands is the place to stay.
You can choose from budget, mid-range and luxury accommodations, and gain easy access to some of the best beaches in St Maarten. With Cupecoy beach, Mullet Bay and Maho beaches all within a few minutes, you will be spoilt for choice! There are good spots for surfing, snorkelling and diving, and waterfront bars where you can kick back and relax with a cocktail as the sun sets.
Hotels in Lowlands
Cupecoy is nestled along the south western shores of St Maarten offering visitors a tranquil area to stay. The resort is less than 10 minutes from the airport and ferry port which means no long transfer times following your flight or crossing. Cupecoy is home to Long Bay Beach, one of the quietest on the island if you want to relax and unwind away from throngs of tourists.
With a handful of bars and restaurants, turquoise seas, tree-lined shores and soft white sands, it’s a paradise setting for couples and honeymooners. Accommodations in Cupecoy range from low-key 3-star hotels and luxury spa resorts near the beach.
Hotels in Cupecoy