Fodor's Expert Review Dawn Beach

Oyster Pond Beach

True to its name, this is a great place to be at sunrise with your camera. Located on the Atlantic side of Oyster Pond, just south of the French border, it's a first-class beach for sunning and snorkeling, but the winds and rough water mean only strong swimmers should attempt to take a dip (there are no lifeguards). It's not usually crowded, and there are some good restaurants in the area. Locals often fish here in early mornings or evenings—as do brown pelicans. To find the beach, follow the signs to Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Big Fish Restaurant, or Coral Beach Club. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling (particularly at the northern end); sunrise.


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Dawn Beach, n/a St. Maarten  St. Maarten

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