Dawn Beach Snorkeling
The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in St Martin - Sint Maarten.
Tuesday 26 March 2019 06:21 GMT
On the east coast of Sint Maarten, the snorkeling at Dawn Beach offers some nice coral formations offshore. It has a reputation as a very popular snorkeling spot on St Martin, but it should only be attempted on super calm, windless days since it faces the harsh Atlantic Ocean without any protective reefs.
To reach the snorkeling on St Maarten by air, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Note, there is a $30USD departure tax collected at the airport. While there are two roads leading to this beach, it is best approached coming from the Oyster Pond side from the north. And, now that the old Westin Resort was destroyed by the hurricane in 2017, the new property owners have fenced off access to the beach along with a guard shack. So, access can be problematic until there is more restoration to the region.
SPECIAL NOTICE: In September 2017, the island of St Martin/Sint Maarten took a direct hit from the destructive Hurricane Irma. The island infrastructure was severely damaged and will take significant time to rebuild. The hotels should begin the reopening process in late Spring 2018 and should be fully open by Winter 2018-2019. While there have been no reports on the exact impact on the coral formations, the high surf associated with hurricanes of this magnitude typically result in coral smoothering due to sand and the breaking of large coral structures. Therefore, the quality of the snorkeling should be adversely impacted for many years to come.
Overall, Dawn Beach is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in St Martin - Sint Maarten. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Dawn Beach including Little Bay, Maho Bay, Oyster Bay Beach, Cay Bay and Cole Bay.