New Haven, CT (PressExposure) May 11, 2009 -- If your idea of a fun day at the beach consists of sun bathing, swimming, a fair amount of eating and drinking, then you will love the Great Bay Beach in Philipsburg. Here, you can also a little jewelry shopping, and even play the slot machine. Around the busy Sint Maarten [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location] capital, you will also find many activities to keep you entertained.
If privacy is your thing, then the secluded coves at Baie aux Prunes (Plum Bay Beach) on the French side is your best bet. The beach is loved for its lack. Here, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon as there are no tiki bars blaring music, no rowdy water sporting people, no persistent vendors. Located on the tip of St Martin island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location/lifestyle-attractions], just past the border, the Plum Bay Beach has crystal clear waters and a rock outcropping that provides shelter to both loners and lovers.
Farther north, the Friarâs Bay is perfect for families and small children. The beach is similar to Baie aux Prunes in size and appearance, but their main difference is that Friarâs Bay Beach has a cafÃ© and a beach shop for the convenience of guests. Also, lounge chairs and umbrellas are for rent. The calm water is perfect for toddlers to splash around as their parents sprawl in the white sand.
For the more adventurous crowd, the Orient Beach on the Atlantic side of St Martin island offers a great venue for windsurfing and partying. The area is lively both during the day as well as the night, thanks to a number of cafes and tiki bars. The steady breeze in this st martin island beach makes it a favorite among windsurfers and kite surfers. Those who are looking for souvenirs will find craft shops as good source. Orient Beach is bordered on one side by the Club Orient, a nudist resort. Orient Beach is also the site of lively beach parties which goes on until about 4 in the morning.
Those who want to have a more quiet evening in St Martin island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location/lifestyle-attractions], the Calmos cafÃ© in Grand Case a more laid back vibe and attracts the younger crowd. Live bands play during Sunday and Thursday.