At one time, this area was famous for its families who made their living by fishing. There are still a few fisherman who shove off, hours before dawn, in search of "the one that got away". Today, residential and vacation homes dot this mile long beach, as well as a few small resort hotels.
Right at the end of the Simpson Bay Village, you'll find 'Karakter', an active beach bar with great drinks and food. This great establishment has now become the center of the Dutch side's beach scene.
One of the most established of these boutique resorts is Mary's Boon, which opened in the seventies and preserved the quaint Caribbean ambiance of these early decades of St. Maarten tourism, while offering top-notch services and uniquely furnished rooms. On premises is also the Tides Restaurant, famous for it's Caribbean Dinner.
Half of Simpson Bay Beach runs parallel with The Princess Juliana International Airport runway. This beach is never crowded and perfect for watching planes and sunsets.