Great Bay – the Cruise Ship Beach
Great Bay with Philipsburg and the beach to the very left.
From the cruise ship terminal (right side), visitors either walk, use the water taxi, or take a cab to Philipsburg. Beside shopping, attending bars and restaurants, cruise ship visitors have ample opportunity to enjoy the beach right in front of town. Jet skiing and other water sport fun is offered, loungers can be rented, and no lack of cool drinks are to be expected.
It is a fine, sandy beach with clear and clean waters. If you wish to return one day to St. Maarten and stay a longer period on the island, we recommend condos. Philipsburg has only a few hotels and almost no condos. The better selection is on beaches close to Philipsburg, such as Guana Bay, Dawn Beach, and many other attractive areas. See here for more information.