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Address: , St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Great water ok sand

Another great beach with very nice water for swimming. The sand here is not the best but I'm not here to swim in the sand. The water was calm and very clean and clear. The rocks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went to many different beaches today and found this gem. Beautiful; calm, clear, and soft sand. Soooo nice. We rented 4 chairs and 1 umbrella and a few buckets of beer. Great! ! Service. We had a very laid back wonderful day So far my favorite. Tomorrow, will try Shoals Bay..Maybe Will Change My mind..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Another great beach with very nice water for swimming. The sand here is not the best but I'm not here to swim in the sand. The water was calm and very clean and clear. The rocks along the left side of the beach had iguanas so that was cool to see. I would recommend taking a dip here.

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Wallingford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This beach is ridiculously beautiful...like...jaw-droppingly beautiful. You can rent chairs and umbrellas and there's even a couple of spots to eat right on the beach. Great day spent here.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a beautiful beach, but difficult to get to. The road is dirt and lots of ruts. Once you get there though you know it was worth the drive. Beautiful clear and calm water, but wouldn't want to be there during high season as the beach is not huge. A great place to spend the day.

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Towanda, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We Love this beach we rate it number one. It is a little hard to get to because on the rough roads but we think it is worth it and it cuts down on the number of people. La Savane Restaurant is right on the beach and has some of the best food.

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Tempe, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My family and I spent two separate days on Friar's Bay. It was an excellent spot for families because of the clear, calm water and proximity to restaurant and facilities. The beach can be rocky in spots so it might be a good idea to have the kids in swim shoes of some sort, however there are spots with just... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We went to this beach twice during our weeklong stay. I recommend that you stick to the west side of the bay (to the left as you're looking out to the ocean) since it has less rocks and finer sand. The waves are very calm and our 16-month old had tons of fun playing in the "surf" where the waves... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to find a carribean side beach with calmer water. Well Friar's Beach was perfect. Exactly what we wanted BUT the smell just makes it awful. Will not return.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was my favorite beach of all the beaches we went to. The water was clear and smoothe and we ate at one of the restaurants ( the first one you come to when you enter the beach). The food was excellent and plentiful and the price was mid range. Maybe a little expensive if feeding lots of kids. I... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Finding the north entrance to Friars Bay is the most challenging part of the beach day experience. "Drive up the road and look for the pile of rocks on the left just before the basketball courts." These were the directions we were give (they ended up being spot on!). The beach is pristine white sand with brilliant turquoise water a... More 

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