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Thirty-six stunning stretches of sand fringe St. Martin/St. Maarten's coast, and there’s something special about each beach. On the dual-nation island’s Dutch side, experience a thrill at Maho Bay, where planes coming in for a landing at the Princess Juliana International Airport right across the street fly close enough that you could almost reach up and touch them. For a fun beach-going experience without the noise pollution, try Mullet Bay, which offers a little bit of everything: great snorkeling, surfing, snack bars and shade.
Nudity is widely accepted at beaches on the island’s French side, so head north if you’re looking to get rid of your tan lines. Perhaps the most well-known is Orient Bay, a long, popular stretch of white sand that’s home to clothing-optional resort Club Orient. The beach features snack bars, restaurants, water sports and vendors galore. And the aptly named Long Bay is indeed the island’s longest stretch of sand. You won’t find any vendors, bars or restaurants on this beach — just you, your traveling companion and, perhaps, a few other beach-goers. It’s the ideal spot for a quiet, romantic day by the water.