Dawn Beach Dawn Beach

Dawn Beach is one of our favorite beaches on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, and how could it not be as this is where we stayed while vacationing in St. Martin.  It is perfectly situated on the island for easy access to the beaches on the French and Dutch sides of the island.  It has several good restaurants, hotels and rental properties, and best of all, the beach is fairly calm, with great snorkeling and an amazing sunrise that is not to be missed.

Happy bay Happy bay

St. Martin/St. Maarten is an island surrounded by pristine beaches.  This island in the Caribbean is really two countries, with French Saint Martin on the northern side and Dutch Sint Maarten on the southern side.  Combined the island has some 37 wonderful beaches.  Our focus, as connoisseurs of gorgeous island beaches, is finding that perfect combination of warm clear water, gentle surf, beautiful natural landscape, minimal crowds, and whatever other qualities that make a beach special for us.  Maybe it's that certain je ne sais quoi feeling that you get when you find that perfect beach.  With so many beaches to choose from and only six days to enjoy them, we focused on the most popular beaches on the island, and we were very happy with the ones we selected.  We found these 5 beaches to be the best based on our beach criteria - Happy Bay, Friar's Bay, Pinel Island, Dawn Beach and Maho Bay.

Friars Bay Friars Bay

On our list of best St. Martin beaches is Friar's Bay.  This quiet white sand beach with calm turquoise water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.  It has two restaurants, Kali's Beach Bar and Friar's Bay Beach Cafe, where you can also rent chairs and umbrellas. 

Behold The Islands Of The Bahamas Behold The Islands Of The Bahamas

Dreaming of an island escape?  Then let us take you to The Bahamas in this video where your eyes will be dazzled by the incredibly blue waters, pure white sand beaches and beautiful people of The Bahamas.  Your cares and concerns will magically drift away as you watch this one minute of island wonderful.  Your eyes will open wide with almost disbelief at the incredibly turquoise blue skies and water of these islands. 

Islands of the Caribbean Islands of the Caribbean

If you've ever considered a family vacation to the Caribbean, this video shows you how it can be done - all ages, everyone having fun.  It's something the whole family can do together and enjoy.  

A family vacation across 5 Caribbean islands.

Coral Beach Club Video Coral Beach Club Video

We had the fortunate experience of staying here as our prize for winning the 2012 Islands Magazine Readers' Choice Award for our photo of Capri, Italy.  This resort was luxurious and perfectly situated on the island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin.   The beach, the sunrises, and the suite are exactly as we experienced it.  We were so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay here.  

British Virgin Islands "Voyage" British Virgin Islands "Voyage"

Sailing around the British Virgin Islands is definitely on our someday trip short list.  Just as we might imagine it, beautiful clear blue warm water that will entice you to leap off a sailboat right into that gorgeous water.  We've been to the BVI twice, both times by taking a day-trip boat excursion from St. John, USVI, to the Baths of Virgin Gorda for some swimming and snorkeling around the huge boulders and to tiny Cooper Island for lunch on the beach.  But with so many beautiful islands and beaches in the BVI island chain, we think it's time to try something different so we can really experience and enjoy them. 

Red Rock Villa & Spa Red Rock Villa & Spa

Take yourself on a virtual vacation experience at this beautiful resort and spa.  Simply watching this video of the resort's superior amenities makes one feel like they're actually experiencing it.  The images of The Baths of Virgin Gorda, located in the British Virgin Islands, and the nearby beaches as well as the resort itself are very relaxing and calming. 

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