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, see here:
Dawn Beach is still a beautiful beach,
if you go to the middle of the bay!
Despite the huge complex of The Westin at the southern end, the beach section near Mr. Busby's and Oyster Bay Resort are still just beautiful!
Hillside View: Dawn Beach and Coral Beach Club
Keep in mind that beaches are public on St. Maarten. So you can leave your car at the parking areas near Mr. Busby's or at Oyster Bay Resort, or drive into the parking garage at the Westin and walk the few yards to the beach from there.
Entrance of Dawn Beach at the turn to Coral
Beach Club, Oyster Bay Resort and Mr. Busby
Dawn Beach is a 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.
View when you walk to the beach at Mr. Busby's
It has become a little harder to get to this fine beach. Not because the road that leads up and over the hills to the coast is a bit bumpy and windy, but new developments such as The Westin or Coral Beach Club make it more difficult to see where to access the beach.
The beach at The Westin, view to Oyster Bay Resort
At the Southern end of Dawn Beach, the vast building of the Westin Hotel and Casino opened doors at Christmas 2006. Since beaches have to remain publicly accessible on St. Maarten, you can access the beach in front of the hotel through the Westin hotel and from the Northeastern beach side!
View towards the Westin Resort
Coral Beach Club, location of Villa Triton,
Villa Prana luxury villa above Dawn Beach