Destination guide

Going Dutch on Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten

When an island is shared between 2 nations—the French in the north, the Dutch in the south—you'd think the competitive spirit would run high. But not in this part of the world, no. On the eastern (Dutch) shores of Sint Maarten is Dawn Beach, a mirage of sugary white sand lapped by aquamarine seas. Get your Caribbean dream vacation off to a great start by booking a Dawn Beach vacation rental and wake up to postcard perfect views. In recent years, it's become one of the island's most popular snorkeling spots and promises a bounty of sea life, plus buzzy beach bars and seafood restaurants.

Things to do

Go Double Dutch on the island's historic forts and zoos

A 20-minute drive south of your Dawn Beach vacation rental, on the far side of capital, Philipsburg, is Fort Amsterdam. Built by the Dutch in 1631, it was used as a Spanish military post for over a decade. While it's in a state of disrepair, you can still spot rusting cannons from the 19th century. It also has a colony of brown pelicans and is an important birding area. Another big draw, especially if you have kids, is St Maarten Zoo in Philipsburg, the largest zoo in the Caribbean. Meet friendly macaws, chatty parrots, and iguanas, plus many more tropical species.


Breaking Dawn—life's a beach in Sint Maarten

Life in Sint Maarten is all about bumming about on the beach. Dawn Beach is 1 of the most popular beach resorts on the Dutch side of the island. It's a hotspot for snorkeling fanatics, who come in their droves to spot a rainbow of tropical fish, moray eels and lobsters. Several beach bars and restaurants have opened up, catering to the many people who book Dawn Beach vacation rentals. Book a rental with a beachfront veranda and wake up to sunrise views over nearby St. Barts.


It's all sizzling sun (plus a splash of rain) on Sint Maarten

You can't beat the Caribbean for weather. Consistently reliable, Sint Maarten's balmy days see a steamy 80-plus degrees, so best leave the winter woolies at home. High season runs between December and May, which is also considered the dry season, when rain showers are infrequent. Wet season runs from May to December, but showers are usually regular and brief. Keep your eyes peeled for passing hurricanes during September and October. However, low season is when you'll find the best choice of Dawn Beach vacation rentals.

Natural features

Climbing to Paradise—Sint Maarten's highest peak

Dawn Beach is located on the eastern shores of Sint Maarten, on the border with the French side of the island. While the island is small, it certainly doesn't lack natural attractions. For the best views, nip over the border into "France" and take a hike up to Pic Paradis, the highest point on the island. Thrusting nearly 1,400 feet high, it promises incredible 360-degree views of the island and beyond. There are 2 main trails, both of which have views over the lush rainforest and the outer islands.

Can I find a vacation rental around Dawn Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 835 vacation rentals near Dawn Beach. From 79 Houses to 363 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dawn Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dawn Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dawn Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Island of Saint Martin: 2,192 vacation rentals
  • Anguilla: 328 vacation rentals
  • Saint Barthélemy: 1,624 vacation rentals
  • Orient Bay: 1,009 vacation rentals
  • Simpson Bay: 825 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Dawn Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dawn Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dawn Beach:

  • Simpson Bay: 825 rentals
  • St. Barthelemy: 1,645 rentals
  • Shoal Bay Village: 316 rentals
  • Cul-de-Sac: 1,009 rentals
  • Philipsburg: 815 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Dawn Beach?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Dawn Beach are:

  • Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM): 814 vacation rentals
  • Saint Barthelemy Airport (SBH): 1,680 vacation rentals
  • Wallblake Airport (AXA): 328 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Dawn Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Dawn Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Jean Beach: 1,634 rentals
  • University of St. Martin: 815 rentals
  • Shoal Bay Beach: 328 rentals
  • Flamands Beach: 1,645 rentals
  • Maho Beach: 824 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dawn Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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