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Happy Bay Beach

Between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case, St Maarten-St Martin
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Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Saint-Martin
Type: Beaches
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Drive to Friar's bay, just north of Marigot but not quite to Grand case. Turn off at Café Heure sign and then take the dirt road to the left. Park at Friar's and take a 15 minute hike through the jungle and it dumps you out onto Happy Bay which is one of the most idyllic, quiet, beautiful beaches anywhere.... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you want lots of services and super snorkeling, don't go to Happy Bay. If you want a gorgeous beach with a little shade, crystal clear water, and very few people, this is the place. Pack a picnic lunch and beverages, and hike (walk, really) up the trail from the right side (facing the water) of Friar's Bay. It's not... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you are out to hit as many beaches as you can, don't miss this one. We started at Friers and walked the path to the beach. The beach is really nice, not very crowded the day we went. The draw backs are that there are no services, no chairs/umbrellas so bring them if you need. There are some shade... More

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This is a truly beautiful beach! It's not very crowded as there is a 10 minute hike to get to it (you can park at Friar's Bay), but it is definitely worth it! There's no chairs or umbrellas to rent but you can just sit in the shade. There is one little bar that sells a few drinks and that... More

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new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

loved this beach! so beautiful the water was spectacular! went on a catamaran. loved it! swimming, food, people.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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99 reviews 99 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

This beach is very hard to get too. You either need to arrive by boat or walk 10 minutes from friars bay. But is is very pretty

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New Bern, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visted this beach on Jule 11, 2014, and there were less than 5 people on the beach when we got there. Very secluded. It reminds me of Mullet Bay (without Mullet's famous ribs) before it got so popular. It is a good place to go if you are not into crowded beaches.

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We arrived by using a poorly marked road from the north and parked at Friars Bay to enjoy a comfortable lunch with some rum punches with my family. We did some serious beach hopping during our stay so I can say this beach hut is one of the better ones, (also liked Pinel Island...two good beach huts there) most beach... More

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Del Mar, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just gorgeous to look at from the sea as well as enjoy the day on this sensational sand and sea beach. This is a just for you day.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Visited Happy Bay multiple times week of May 11th. One of the best on St. Martin...somewhat secluded (no facilities), but that is what is so appealing. Saw couples and families at this beach. Waves are moderate – snorkeling below average compared to Plum Bay and Bay Rouge. Au natural is clearly accepted, even if technically prohibited. This is our second... More

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