July 26, 2018

St. Maarten Beaches + Things to do near St. Maarten cruise port :: st martin. caribbean cruise.

If you’re looking for a beach day in St. Maarten during your Caribbean cruise, one of the best beaches in St Maarten to consider is this one right here. (See the pictures there.)

That’s Maho Beach, aka Airport Beach.

It’s famous because if you’re there at the right time, and if you’ve got the right spot on the beach, planes will fly directly over you like in this picture here. (Unfortunately, Maho Beach isn’t what it used to be following the destruction of Hurricane Irma in 2017.)

Maho Beach is a 30-40 minute drive to reach, and it requires a shore excursion or taxi to get there. You can see the location on the St. Maarten map below.

Here are some of the best activities in St. Maarten.

Another beach that’s one of the best beaches to visit during a cruise is one you can walk to from the cruise port, right? 😉

And that brings up…

Great Bay Beach

As long as you don’t mind a little walking, it’s quite possible to walk to Great Bay Beach from the St Maarten cruise port.

There are many parts of the island that don’t really make for good walking because of narrow shoulders and lots of cars, but your path to the beach from the cruise port is lined with sidewalks. It’s about a 20 minute walk one way. If you’re lucky, you may even see a mountain goat or two during your walk!

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Walking to the St Maarten beach near the cruise port…

St Maarten beaches: Walking path to get to the best beach near St Maarten cruise port

One thing you’ll notice when you’re in St Maarten is that there are tons of BOATS! You can take a detour to walk through the marina.

St Maarten beaches: Walking past marina

Once you get near the beach, you’ll see what’s called the boardwalk

St Maarten beaches: Boardwalk by the beach

BEACH!

St Maarten beaches: Best beach near the cruise port without going on cruise shore excursions

St Maarten beaches: Best beach near the cruise port without going on cruise shore excursions

View of the beach from a distance

St Maarten beaches: View of one of the St Maarten beaches from near hotels and resorts

And there’s the cruise port! Cruise ships on one side, hotel resort on the other.

St Maarten beaches: View of cruise port from near hotels and resorts

Things to do near this St Maarten beach

This beach is in a cute little area so you can explore a little bit away from the beach too.

It’s not too busy and it generally has the laid back Caribbean vibe to it.

There are little shops that you can buy a drink or a smoothie, as well as do your souvenir shopping.

The beach is also right by the downtown area of Philipsburg, which is the main city of St Maarten, and you can have a walk exploring the shops and Old Street of St Maarten too.

Downtown Philipsburg near the beach

St Maarten beaches: Old Street in downtown Philipsburg where there's shopping and restaurants near one of the St Maarten beaches

St Maarten beaches: Old Street in downtown Philipsburg where there's shopping and restaurants near one of the St Maarten beaches

St Maarten beaches: Downtown Philipsburg where there's shopping and restaurants near one of the St Maarten beaches

St Maarten map near cruise port

On the St Maarten map below, you’ll see:

  • St Maarten cruise port
  • Great Bay Beach
  • Old Street and Downtown Philipsburg
  • Maho Beach | Airport Beach
  • St Maarten Airport

St. Maarten Beaches: Map of St Maarten near cruise port

Things to maybe pack for your Caribbean cruise to St Maarten and other islands!

Now, here are some things that you just may want to add to your cruise packing list!

And see if you like any of these top tours in St. Maarten!

HAPPY ST MAARTEN BEACH PLANNING!

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Best things to pack for active travel

- First-time snorkelers love full-face snorkeling masks.
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- These types of small backpacks are perfect for a day out so you can carry essentials... and snacks!
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Don't get your valuables stolen when you travel

- On city excursions: This neck pouch that tons of people love. It makes it harder for money to be stolen, and RFID-blocking feature stops thieves from scanning your credit card info when they are close to you.
- At the beach: This type of pouch that you can easily take your wallet in the water with you, instead of leaving on the beach.