Dawn Beach is a fine beach of sugar white powdery sand facing the East side of Sint Maarten. The name says it all: early risers may enjoy spectacular views of sunrise with St. Barth's in the distance.
This beach has become quite popular in the recent years, for its pristine white sand beach and also for facilities provided, such as beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, bar and restaurant services. The best known spot here is actually Mr. Busby's on Dawn Beach.
Dawn Beach is a great spot for snorkeling, although you have to swim a bit off shore to get to the best sites. What's also wonderful on Dawn Beach is its fantastic direct view of the remarkable, hilly skyline of St. Barth's, which is always in the background.
With the construction of The Westin in 2005, Dawn Beach started to catch up with other popular beaches, such as Orient Bay. The beach got much more developed since and underwent some significant changes.
Before, it was a secluded, quiet and lightly serviced beach. Now, beach condo projects and other developments popped up, and the beach lost a bit of its seclusion and laid back atmosphere. However, it all depends where you are at the beach. More to the middle of the bay, you can still enjoy fabulous views over to St Barth's, and a quiet spot on the powdery white sand.