Dawn Beach (St. Maarten)

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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 2.5Atmosphere

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, so the beach receives a lot of foot traffic. 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. Past visitors offered mixed reviews of Dawn Beach. Some called it clean and relaxing, while others described it as average with too much seaweed.

The beach is free to access. If you are driving yourself, you can park in the Westin parking lot, according to past visitors.

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