Diving and More in Simpson Bay in St. Maarten

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One of the well known areas in St. Maarten is Simpson Bay. Located on the south-east coast, about 15 minutes away from the airport, Simpson Bay is home to many hotels, restaurants, and activities.

If you are looking to stay not too far from the famous Maho Beach in St. Maarten, this is a great choice. There is actually a lot more to do here than in Maho Village.

Here are reasons why Simpson Bay may be the perfect location for you:

  1. The Beaches


Simpson Bay actually consists of more than one beach.  The beginning of Simpson Bay follows the airport on the southern side. Once you pass the airport, the neighborhood begins. Most of the actual swimming and beach bars begin once you cross a small bridge and see a sign for Royal Palm Beach Resort. If you pass Buccaneer Beach Bar, that is the end of that sandy beach. If you continue into town, you will come across Cole Bay where another sandy beach is found. This is where Dive Adventures and Simpson Bay Resort and Marina are found.

The swimming at these beaches is calm and shallow for the most part. There is plenty of space as these beaches are about 2-3x the size of Maho Beach. There is no shortage of beach bars if you are looking for a drink.

2. Hotels


The area of Simpson Bay has many accommodations to choose from. Near the beginning of Simpson Bay, there are affordable guesthouses and small hotels to choose from for a budget stay.

Into town, there are All-Inclusive resorts and many brand name hotels which offer timeshare programs. With these hotels come many amenities and facilities open to the public for excursions and other events.

3. Restaurants and Bars on the Water

I enjoyed many meals in Simpson Bay. The main road of Airport Road turns into Welfare Rd.  Along it, one will find restaurants and bars on both sides. You can choose to have a meal facing east, over the lagoon. Some of the best restaurants include picking out your own lobster, such as at Skip Jack’s where we found one for $19.99 per pound and devoured it!

Going out day or night is great as there are always people out. If you have a boat or want to go boating, head to the Yacht Club.

4. Stores, Gas Stations and Shopping

Yes, there are many stores within St. Maarten but sometimes it is hard to find something you are looking for. Simpson Bay has it all – gas stations, delis, liquor stores, markets, ATM machines, real estate offices and all other kinds of businesses that one may want to visit.

No need to drive to Maho Village or the airport’s gas station, you can find it all here.

5. Water Sports

I headed to Simpson Bay many times during my trip. Many times I would pass through it driving, stop for a meal, and about half the time it was for watersports.

Simpson Bay has many facilities open to the public to enjoy excursions out on the ocean. I enjoyed scuba diving and a sunset cruise with Dive Adventures (run by Aqua Mania Adventures) during my stay. Additional sports one may book include jet skiing, flyboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and more.

You cannot run out of options of things to do. Daily there is some type of sailing or cruise you can join to explore other parts of the island.

GPS Location: St. Maarten, Caribbean

Plane Flight:  4 hours from New York

Taxi Driving: 10-15 minutes from airport

Scuba diving Water Sports: Dive Adventures

Beach Beach: Simpson Bay

Have you stayed in Simpson Bay? Share your adventures.