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Friar's Bay

St Maarten-St Martin
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was a gorgeous beach off the beaten path. I came in with a cruise ship but prefer to escape the crowds...so we came here! It was about a 25-30 minute taxi ride, and our driver stayed for the day until we were ready to leave. Great place for kids - very calm waters. We pulled in and there was... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for adults or children. The water is clear, the beach is clean, nice and shallow pretty far out so you don't have to worry too much about the kiddies. If you're lucky you'll get to see a donkey and a herd of cattle passing by on the "road" behind the beach. Snorkeling on either side... More

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San Juan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Clear waters, easy access and one of the best restaurant at the beach! The Friars Beach Bay Club is an excellent shack to have lunch and they also rent the chaise lounges at the beach providing their services to your side table. We even saw a World Cup game there and have a lot of fun with the employees. Chris... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had to maneuver past two cows walking down the street to get there and the road to the beach is a challenge, especially the last 100 yards, but the beach was not crowded, but clean and very calm. Good beach for families with smaller children. There are two lolos with food, chairs and umbrellas. We didn't make the trek... More

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NJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We have been going to Friar's every year since 1987. We always smelled the sulfur smell but just assumed it was from the pond.SInce they built the condos we find that the or has gotten much worse. The final straw was this may after very heavy rains, when we headed back FrIars we rented our chairs from fbbc as usual... More

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Addison, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had got off the cruise ship in Phillipsburg and rented a car knowing we wanted to go to Maho Beach, Margiot and Orient Beach. However, instead of going all around the island we saw the Friar's bay had snorkeling and wouldn't be as busy as Orient. Perfect find. A little off the beaten path and you have to keep... More

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Thornhill, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I had wanted to try out Friar's Bay as I had heard a lot about the restaurants and the club. Also the bay is sheltered with shade so it is easy swimming. When I arrived I noticed that there was a strong smell of manure that permeated the beach. I had read other reviews about this odour and want to... More

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Panacea, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Our driver, Michael Jones, 1-721-587-9367/michaeljservice@gmail.com, thought we would like this Bay and he was right. It is beautiful, not commercial, and layed-back. We stayed next to the first restaurant by the parking lot and were relaxing after a wonderful swim, when we noticed a large machine heading down the beach. There had been a lot of rain, which backed up... More

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Bristow, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

A little off the beaten track, but well worth the drive. Pay attention to the signs, or you may miss the turn off the "main" road. There are 2 local eateries, both of which make you welcome and you can rent two sunbeds and an umbrella for $15 per day.

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Franklin, PA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Friar's Bay was a beautiful little bay on the leeward side of the island with calm waters and soft sand on the French side of the island. I had heard that it was great for families as it is posted as "Nudity Prohibited" - so we felt safe taking our 13 and 10 year old boys there. Several older adult... More

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