Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten

Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 891 vacation rentals near Dawn Beach. From 262 condos to 261 villas, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.