The beautiful beach is located on the east side of the island of St. Maarten. It is in fact the closest beach to the Princess Heights Hotel. The beach is known on the island for its good opportunities for snorkeling and beautiful sunrises. The beach is divided into two parts which are divided by rocks, which means that it might be difficult to walk over the beach from one side to the other. The one side that is closest to Princess Heights is a 4 minute walk; the other side can easily be reached by car or a 10 minute walk. On both sides of Dawn Beach there is no motorized water sport, which makes it calm and a relatively quiet beach.
Oyster Pond is divided by the border between the French and the Dutch side of the island. The harbor from Oyster Pond protects sailboats and charters from the choppy Atlantic Ocean. It is a pretty marina with good and popular waterfront restaurants.