Sunset Beach Bar, St. Maarten – Caribbean Beach Bars

Over the years, Sunset Beach Bar has established itself as the island’s single most exciting entertainment spot. It offers a casual and relaxed family fun atmosphere by day, with live acoustic music by St. Maarten’s most talented artists. Their surfside BBQ turns out delicious favorites such as Black Angus burgers, steaks and shrimps, together with mouthwatering hand-cut tuna, salmon and other local seafood.

Sunset Beach Bar is located on the Maho beach near the end of Princess Juliana International Airport. The bar itself is perched on a rocky promontory next to Caravanserai Resort at one end, the Maho night spots at the other, and divided by an idyllic sliver of powdery white beach with turquoise waters.

Sunset is ideally suited to watch the landings and departures of private jets and airliners. Where else can you enjoy a boat drink sitting yards away from the landing strip of the island’s international airport, and almost touch the wing of a 747 as it swoops in for landing? If it sounds improbable, you’re not alone. The experience has been featured on countless travel shows. A surfboard speared into the sand notes arrival and departure times of the ‘big planes’.

Generous wooden decking on two levels allows plenty of freedom for movement, and direct access to the beach. Enjoy a romantic interlude overlooking the ocean, with yes… a glorious sunset on the horizon, lock lips under the stars, or take a dip in the clear turquoise water.  Loungers and umbrellas are available, as well as activities for kids.

Sunset Beach Bar sizzles from noon until the early morning hours.  It’s been said that if you come to see the Sunset, you might not see the sun rise.  The parties often last until dawn, the dance floor packed with gyrating revelers and our “all-request” DJ’s spinning the latest tunes and all-time favorites.

“St. Maarten is an island in the Tropics owned equally by the Netherlands Antilles and France. Number 3 on the list takes us to Sunset Beach Bar in the southern Dutch region. Boasting beautiful views of the St. Maarten sunset, the bar is also where the beautiful people gather to cut loose. Each Tuesday the bar holds a bikini contest — and they encourage participants to get a little crazy in order to walk home with a little cash.” -AOL Travel

Let me know if you’ve been to the Sunset Beach Bar. We all would love to hear about your experience!

Cheers Castaways,


By |2016-12-31T11:58:27+00:00January 25th, 2011|Caribbean Beach Bars, Islands, St. Martin/Maarten|7 Comments

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  1. Alexander Gray January 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I’m heading out to St Maarten in April so I’ll be sure to check this place out! Hopefully it will be on a Tuesday…

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    RumShopRyan January 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I’m right there with you Alexander…Tuesday sounds like a good day to me for some reason as well. Have a great time! Cheers.

  3. Damon @ Let's Tiki January 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I was suppose to go there in August as a stop on a cruise, but Hurricane Earl had other ideas. I can’t wait to check this place out sometime!

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    RumShopRyan January 31, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Share some photos on facebook when you do get there. This place looks to be a great time.

  5. Joe Parkhurst March 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I stayed at the Carvansri Resort in 2005 so I was at the Sunset Beach Bar everyday for that week of paradise. great drinks, food was awesome and no very expensive, friendliest people, all around an amazing place. to this day I still think about that place and how the Island life gave me a new look on life. I’m hoping to make another trip to St. Maarten very soon and when I do you will find me at the Sunset Beach Bar. Cheers!

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    RumShopRyan March 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the comment Joe. Island do have that effect on people. They make you see the world in a different way. Cheers!

  7. SPerkins July 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    We have been to Sunset Many of times. We travel in a large group (8-16). We generally come to St. Maarten and head to Anguilla. Oh, the photos and stories I could share. I am new to being one of “your Castaway’s” but have by my own version for a long time. The Caribbean is deep within my soul! Love the site/blog! Rum onward!

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