Dawn Beach (St. Maarten)
- Type: Beaches
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Located just south of the Dutch/French border, Dawn Beach is famous for two things: One, the amazing sunrises that earned the shoreline its name. And two, clear water that's perfect for snorkeling. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa dominates much of this shoreline (with beach chairs that previous travelers say are free to use), so the beach receives a lot of foot traffic. For more peace and quiet (and that spectacular sunrise), travelers recommend you visit in the morning. Also keep in mind that Dawn Beach's Atlantic Ocean waves can sometimes be rough. If you have children with you, consider visiting Friar's Bay on the French side; it has calmer waves.