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“Secluded, picture perfect beach!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Happy Bay Beach

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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virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Secluded, picture perfect beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We always make a stop at Friars beach where they have facilities and beach restaurants before hiking over the hill to Happy Bay. Anyone there will tell you where to go and once on the path it is a 10-15 hike to get there...it will not disappoint..drop dead gorgeous!

Visited July 2012
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Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Happy Bay is worth the hike to get there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We decided to check out Happy Bay based on a recommendation. You have to get to Friar's Bay first on the French side beyond Marigot by only a 10 minute drive. There is a adequate parking lot and now the road there is paved better so you don't lose your front end. Once you get to Friar's Bay you walk to the end of the beach and you will find a dirt path marked Happy Bay. It is a 20-30 minute hike up and down rocky terrain in some spots before you hit a smoother walk at the very end. Don't anyone tell you it's a 10 minute walk. Not true. However, once we got there it was worth the hike for sure. A beautiful, clean beach with smooth sand and calm water for snorkeling and no seaweed. There weren't many people there the day we went so clothing is optional. Very nice beach to spend the day and there is a snack bar also. Was pleasantly surprised and there was even some shady spots if you didn't bring an umbrella.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Happy Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Just got back from St Martin and stayed at Happy Bay the Villa was beautiful as was Happy Bay Beach.
There was the weird old naked guy that that was at the beach every morning. He would walk up and just stand there staring at us. The beach was great really pretty place. One day a sail boat full of folks stopped by and started a naked Bocci ball game with coconuts, That was pretty entertaining.

Visited July 2012
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Brest, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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“the prettiest beach of Saint Martin,French side!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

just judge by my pictures!Defenetly the most beautiful beach in St Martin: Happy Bay.
Watsh out though,you may be surprised by the few cows with big horns that walk the little way that leads to this fantastic beach.The cows didnt annoy us at all but can look impressive!!not for the faint-hearted!Defenetly worth a look at!

Visited July 2012
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Ste-Julie
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Secluded but beware”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Not easy to find..... Have to walk rocky path from Friar's Bay....nudism is practised on beach...did not no with our 6 yr old...

Visited July 2012
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