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Below you will find the recommended beaches for kids.

Because the water is shallow, it is really suitable for children.
On these beaches it is also possible to rent beach chairs and umbrellas.
The prices for renting these chairs and umbrellas varies, but most of the time you will pay about $10 - $15 for 2 chairs and an umbrella.


Le Galion

A great beach for children is Le Galion, on the Northern end of the island. The water is shallow enough for toddlers, and you can actually wade several feet into the sea without the water going beyond your knees! This is also a popular spot for the older kids, who enjoy windsurfing.

Friar’s Bay

Friar’s Bay is located on the Northern coast of the island close to Marigot. The bay is well protected from swells, and because of its calm waters, it’s one of the top beaches for the little ones. There are three restaurants on the beach, so it is possible to spend an entire day here with the family. It has a fair amount of sand; beautiful seashells to collect, and a good view of the neighboring English island Anguilla. Facing the west coast, Friar’s Bay has also lovely sunset views.


Great Bay

The stretch of sand lining Great Bay boasts calm waters that are perfect for families. The waters are clear and calm. Great Bay is good for swimming, but also a favorite place for beach strollers, as you can watch the coming and going of cruise ships in the harbor.

You have just to cross Front Street in Philipsburg, and after a few steps, you will find yourself right on the beach - bars, restaurants and entertainment all nearby. It is also really close to the Hodge’s Playground.

Maho Beach

Maho Beach, a part of the Maho Resort and Royal Island Club, is a small stretch of white beach, that is not really appropriate for children for swimming, but it is the location what attracts all of its visitors. The beach is located at the southern end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport, thus providing you with a very special experience: For those who love a thrill, watch and see incoming Jumbo jets gliding in and landing on the strip.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, because nowhere else a Jumbo Jet will be passing as close over your head as on Maho Beach. Sit right in the middle of the beach, and you will get the full chilly blow! And when jets are taking off, the blast is so strong that it’s blowing sand and belongings all over the place!

Pinel Island

​Charming Pinel Island, is a tiny island on the north end of St. Martin, 5 minutes off the shores of French Cul de Sac, and a few hundred yards off the northern end of Orient Bay. A must see on your visit! It is the place where people on St. Maarten go to relax! The end of the road at French Cul de Sac opens onto a wide sandy area where there is a small wooden dock. Vendors and small ferryboats are waiting there to run you over to the island for a fee of seven dollars. Enjoy a wonderful short five-minute taxi-boat ride for a relaxing day of exploring, sunbathing, or a picnic on this tropical paradise!
The water is calm and crystal clear, accompanied by beautiful beaches. Ideal for snorkeling for its coral reefs, for children and also for sunbathing, as the west facing main beach stays sun-drenched until the end of the day! There are no cars and no electricity, however you will find three small beach bars/restaurants, two are run by a Frenchman, the other is a local shack with BBQ food, and grilled fresh lobster as well.

Restaurants for Children

Lee’s Roadside Grill

​Lee’s Roadside Grill is the place to be for an enjoyable evening!
They serve lobster, ribs, fresh fish, burgers, chicken etc.
Lee’s fishing boats catch some of the fish, which you enjoy on the barbeque grill. All of the food is cooked in front of your eyes and even if you want… the chef will let you do it yourself!

Lee’s Roadside grill is open every day from 11 am to 11 pm.
There is live music and dancing every day, from 7 pm – 10 pm

The prices of the appetizers vary from $1 - $13
The prices of the main dishes vary from $14 - $2

Cheri’s Café

Cheri’s Café is located on the Dutch side of the friendly island of Sint Maarten in the center of Maho. They have Music and live entertainment six nights a week with their very own ‘Sweet Chocolate’ band.
They are known for their fun loving pleasant atmosphere, complimented by honest prices and great entertainment.

They serve a lot of different dishes like seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads and omelets.
They are open from 11 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Taloula Mango’s

Taloula Mango’s is located on the boardwalk in Philipsburg. It is great for children, because it’s is across Great Bay and it’s close to the Hodge’s Playground. They serve a lot of things, like sandwiches, seafood, beef, pasta vegetarian entrees etc.

They also have special menus for children:

  • Fluffer- Nutter Sandwich
    • Peanut- butter and marshmallow fluff $ 5.95
  • Grilled Cheese
    • No fancy cheeses here, just slice American cheese on wonder bread $ 5.95
  • Spaghetti
    • Pasgetti, or pagetti, or however you pronounce it – served with red sauce, and Parmesan cheese. $ 5.95
  • Peanut butter Club
    • Triple Decker of peanut butter, chocolate chips, and bananas (crust removed upon request) $ 5.95
  • Chicken Fingers n Fries
    • Served with honey mustard dipping sauce $ 7.95

Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.
They have live entertainment.
You don’t need a reservation

Pineapple Pete

Pineapple Pete is a really cozy restaurant where they play a lot of Live Music. It is located in Simpson Bay, so you can combine it with a day of fun at the Playstation. They serve a lot of seafood dishes, but they also have a lot of Italian food, salads, burgers and soups. Of course, they didn’t forget the children!

The kid’s menu contains:

  • Hot dogs
  • Hamburger
  • Cheeseburger
  • Chicken fingers
  • Chicken leg
  • All of the above are served with French Fries or Ric
  • Kid Personal Size Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza
  • Kid Penne Marinara

All the kid’s menu’s include a soft drink or juice, 1 scoop of Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream an a surprise toy.

Fast Food

Mark’s Place

Located next to the Grand Marche in Dutch Cul de Sac. They serve the best spare ribs on the island. All you can eat for only $12.50. They also have Dutch snacks, sate, and several delicious steaks

Sky is the Limit

Local barbeque grill located in Grand Case. They serve fresh barbequed ribs and chicken and several other local favorites.

Mama’s Pizza

Best pizzeria on the island. They are located in Oyster Pond on a 5 minute drive from Princess Heights. The seating is very cozy and the 14’ thin crust pizza’s are delicious. Prices starting from $11,00

If you are not feeling adventurous, the Dutch Side has several American fast food franchises including McDonalds(2), Burger King(3), Subway(5), Pizza Hut(3), Dominoes(6), KFC(4) and Bubble Tea(4).