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Cupecoy

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Cupecoy showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and a luxury hotel or resort

After you clamber down a limestone cliff you’ll come upon three small bays with secluded beaches where clothing is optional and the sunsets are magnificent. 

Lauded by regulars as St. Maarten’s most picturesque stretch of coast, the three sandy beaches that make up Cupecoy Beach are quiet and peaceful. Unlike many of the bigger beaches on the island, Cupecoy is a little difficult to reach due to the surrounding limestone cliffs, but this only adds to its charm and sense of seclusion. During the high season the “clothing optional” beach is great for anybody seeking some time away from the crowds on the Dutch part of the island.

Carefully make your way down the cliff by following a series of carved steps. As you descend toward the beach you’ll forget you are just minutes away from the indoor shopping, tourist villas and busy bars and restaurants of St. Maarten. Walk along the beach, explore the caves and rock formations behind it or take a dive in the warm water.

While the entire beach is frequented by nudists, the area closest to the steps is a little more conservative due to its proximity to a public mall. Families come here because of the patch of sand for children to play on. A small beach shack rents out chairs and umbrellas and sells refreshments. The far end of Cupecoy Beach has become a gathering place for the gay and lesbian population and visitors of the island.

Cupecoy Beach waters can range from gentle rolling waves to rough surf, which makes it good for swimming or surfing depending on the day’s conditions. Rent equipment elsewhere on the island or bring your own. The beach becomes more popular at dusk as it has a reputation for one of the best sunsets in the area. The top of the cliff is regularly lined with photographers and many make their way down to the water’s edge to enjoy the sunset from the soft sand.

Cupecoy Beach is located just south of the French/Dutch border, on the St. Maarten side. The nearby Blue Mall shopping center can easily be reached by taxi or car. In front of the mall, steps lead to the cliffs. You can park in the Blue Mall parking lot for a fee.

Where to stay in Cupecoy

Adonis Cupecoy
Adonis Cupecoy
2.5 out of 5
Jordan Road, Lowlands
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $86 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
Located in Maho, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Starz City Casino and American University of the Caribbean. Maho Beach and Mullet Bay Beach are also ...
4/5Very Good! (42 reviews)
"Up to date but room very very small"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Adonis Cupecoy
Sapphire Beach Club Resort
Sapphire Beach Club Resort
3 out of 5
147 Lowlands, Cupecoy Beach, Lowlands
The price is $93 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 4
Offering direct access to the beach, this Maho resort is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mall and American University of the Caribbean. Maho Beach and Mullet ...
3.1/5 (360 reviews)
"This place was just fine for me, I bought a few thing from a store before signing in. The room was big and comfortable too and wifi worked just fine. The lady at the front desk was super nice. I just hope there are no extra charges sneaking through bc there should not be"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Sapphire Beach Club Resort
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
3.5 out of 5
Rhine Rd. 9, Lowlands
The price is $135 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Maho, this golf aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mall and American University of the Caribbean. Maho Beach and Mullet Bay Beach are also ...
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
3.5 out of 5
Rhine Rd. 9, Lowlands
The price is $135 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Maho, this golf aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mall and American University of the Caribbean. Maho Beach and Mullet Bay Beach are also ...
Sint Maarten Vacations Home
The Hotel Porto Cupecoy
The Hotel Porto Cupecoy
3.5 out of 5
166 Rhine Rd, Lowlands, Sint Maarten
The price is $317 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Maho, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from American University of the Caribbean and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Maho Beach. Marigot Market and Fort St. ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"We had a wonderful time at hotel Porto copecoy. Tamara was accessible at all times!"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

The Hotel Porto Cupecoy
The Cliff
The Cliff
3 out of 5
#7 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, Lowlands
Located in Maho, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of American University of the Caribbean and Mullet Bay Beach. ...
The Cliff
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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