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Friar's Bay

Address: St Maarten-St Martin
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Wappingers Falls, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We always loved Friar's Bay because it is so calm and fairly quiet but this year it is very rocky. You can't even enter the water without shoes on. Went to Mullet and LeGalion instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you want quiet beach that you can relax in water drink a beer and not get pounded by waves this is the beach for you. There are couples and families here. Not crowded either. Watch out if you drive in from south it's very rocky.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Friars was close to where we were staying. Not too touristy although you can get a beach chair and something to eat if you want it (take cash though as they don't take credit cards). Most days it was pretty calm there and even on the roughest of days was still very easy to swim there. You definitely need a... More 

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Pickering, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We've been to St. Maarten and both times went to Orient Beach. A large beach and overly growded. This time we wanted to try a different beach which wasn't so grand. So we tired Friar's Bay Beach. We were not disappointed. This beach was awesome. The beach had fine grain sand, the water warm and plenty of lounge chairs. A... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beers were pricey, so we learned our lesson and started bringing our own. This beach is small and a bit rocky but very quiet and relaxing. Saw cows on our way in as it's pretty far off the main road and through a residential area.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was our fourth trip to the island but first time at Friar's Bay. It is a beautiful spot with a lovely view of Anguilla. We ate at the first restaurant and had the grilled chicken leg which was quite tasty. We loved the beach except you have to walk on rocks to get into the water. They are smooth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

fun place everyone should visit. 2 separate beach bars with restaurants. you can also take a little hike to happy bay. fun way to spend a day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Definitely worth renting a car and getting used to driving on St Martin to make it over to Friar's Bay. The GPS will help get there if you can get one. We had a great time at this pretty beach and had a nice lunch at the place on the far right end. The snorkeling around the right side by... More 

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Towanda, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A little hard to find but we think it is worth it. Two Bar/Grills on the beach our favorite is the north east end of the beach. Boats will come into the Bay and anchor for lunch at the Grills. Two exits from the main road can get you to one end or the other end of the beach. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I visited 9 beaches in 5 days, and this was my favorite by far!! Gorgeous, calm waters, and nice but smaller beach. It was nice to have chairs and umbrellas to rent, and the small bar was fun and the bartender was nice. Much less expensive than other places as well. Only one bar open, even though there are usually... More 

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