All of the beaches are open to the public. The beaches on the French side are more European in spirit. Here you'll see topless sunbathing as well as clothing optional sections. The Dutch side is more conservative.
All photos by Claude Vincent Ingargiola.
Surfing St Martin Beaches in French Side: Wilderness - C
its a very consistent wave can get big and holds a good size swell. Especially winter NW swells are amazing, also hurricane swells do well. make your way up there and ignore the schoolchildren in the line up: they just waste space and air. Surf hard and watch out for the rocky outcrop in the middle.
Access: go to french side, mont vernon: take the road to the garbage site, park your car and lock it tight and walk the 30 minute trail (wear flipflops), turn to corners and you see the point break. Make your way in the water carefully watch out for urchins.
Mullet Bay - H
This is a fun little take off. On bigger days when it lines up it barrles close to shore. Not a very long wave but fun.
Access: It's by rocky point at Mullet Bay. On the far left side of beach.
Cupe Coy - I
Cupecoy Beach is one of the island's most photographed beaches. The waters here are an intense blue and the beach is protected by white cliffs with caves along the side. The beach also has a section that is clothing optional. The size of this narrow beach is often determined by the tides.