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Cupecoy Bay Beach

Cupecoy Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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No longer a safe place

Twenty years ago, we would wake up early to get to this beach with its small caves and pristine... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Art A
Buford, Georgia
great beach, good for snorkeling

great beach, good for snorkeling, great for walks and sun tanning, you can bring your own chair or... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Kitchener, Canada
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If you're looking for a beach that's quiet but not totally secluded, Cupecoy is a good choice. Its white sands are backed by low sandstone cliffs that have been eroded in such a way that they provide a run of small semiprivate coves.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Cupecoy Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Twenty years ago, we would wake up early to get to this beach with its small caves and pristine beach, but over the last few years it has become a hangout for the gay community. This in and of itself is not the problem. The...More

Thank Art A
Reviewed 20 May 2017

great beach, good for snorkeling, great for walks and sun tanning, you can bring your own chair or towel or enjoy the sand

Thank Aniutka
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Been a while since my last visit to St Martin's Cupecoy but I can still feel the crystal clear ocean and quintessential sand... clothing optional but not voyeuristic because it is so narrow with an impressive tidal wall about 30 feet high in some stretches....More

Thank patrickkeenan91
Reviewed 13 April 2017

A small beach but very quiet. Long time will find only nudists of all ages so beware.The water is clean and fine sand.

Thank Chelaru G
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We enjoy this beach so much. the views are amazing and being able to sunbath nude is an extra perk. We rather not have all the activity that is on Orient Beach and find Cupecoy Beach very romatic and quaint. Danny the beach chair rental...More

Thank Sindy J
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

This is a quiet beach to let go of yourself Dannys bar best rum punch around can't wait to get back there next year hope to see my new friends again

Thank todd m
Reviewed 23 March 2017

nice beach but getting smaller every time we return-beach erosion. not easy to park anymore. steps to walk down.

Thank susuberk
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This little gem of a beach was just outside The Cliffs resort, where our family stayed for one week. The water was a beautiful bluish-green color and there was a reef about 20 feet off the shore where you could snorkel. The water had pleasant...More

Thank Eugene W
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Perhaps the best place to catch a sunset on Saint-Martin, F.W.I.... the watcher crashing against the bluffs and the sun setting to the West

Thank Guido R
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Once again we almost lived on this beach and just wouldn't have it any other way. The sand is always shifting here and the cliffs are eroding with the wave action but the casual relaxed atmosphere at the beach is really fun. My negative comments...More

Thank Angus C
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larry v
We used to go to Cupecoy every year back in the early to mid 80's. Was great; one can't imagine how much the island has changed since then. We now stay on French side near Orient Beach, but intend to be there for the full month of June and intend to go back to our old hangout a couple of times. There used to be steps on the eastern side of the beach; are they still there, or do we need to walk down to the far end to reach the beach? As a point of history the west side of the beach was very nude-oriented back then; no big issue in any event!
26 February 2017|
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Response from Angus C | Reviewed this property |
There are still steps to all parts of this beach but the sand is variable since the hurricane in the early 90's. It tends to move up and down the beach quite dramatically. It is still very much worth a visit. Dany is still... More
DeeDee A
Hi Mark - can you tell me if this beach/location is on the French side of the Island? I want to rent a villa come May 2016 and its on Cupecoy Beach. Also any tips abou tthe entire island - things to do - did you rent a car - is it easy to driver around (on right side of the road - correct?) Thank you for your time . DeeDee
10 December 2015|
Response from Angus C | Reviewed this property |
The beach is on the Dutch side but only a few hundred yards to the French side. The best things about St. Maarten are the beaches shopping (duty free) the butterfly farm and Lotterie Farm with a zip line. A car is most... More
Hi- we are traveling there to Villa Mumbai in March with 3 of our kids. We loved Grand Cayman but wanted to try something different...now I am really worried about the "tags" linked to our area, including nude beaches and the high degree of GLBT visitors...what can you tell me?
8 January 2015|
Response from Angus C | Reviewed this property |
The island is not particularly gay but there are two official nude beaches only and if you are so sheltered that you can not deal with this just don't go to them or adjust your mindset. Being open minded is a good thing in... More