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Happy Bay Beach

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Address: Between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Came by sail, free parking and an easy swim to shore

This was a wonderful pet friendly beach. We dropped anchor about 50 yards out and float/swam in. There were many nude sunbathers and everyone was friendly. come early if you want... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jason A
Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful pet friendly beach. We dropped anchor about 50 yards out and float/swam in. There were many nude sunbathers and everyone was friendly. come early if you want a shade tree or bring your umbrella.

Thank Jason A
Elkhart, Indiana, United States
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter loved the surf. The water was an amazing color, soft sand and unbelievable views. This is a nude beach though so beware when bringing children that there will be nudists there.

1 Thank Tracy J
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

SaIled into happy beach at the end of a boating day with friends. The captain told us the name of the destination but omitted the fact it was clothing optional. Beautiful white sand for comfortable day and trees offer shade for sunbathers. Water warm and clear. Bring your sunscreen :)

1 Thank Anthony C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our 3rd visit in the last year to St Martin, and always to Happy Bay. My wife and I have been considering buying property up on the hill (Mount Choisy), BUT now are not so sure. It seems there is a lot more development to come in that area and the beach is becoming more and more crowded each time... More 

Thank C J
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wife and I visited many beaches on the island but this is one we came back to. I loved it. Wish more beaches in the world were like this one. There are more beautiful beaches in the world but this one is still extremely beautiful. Love the laid back atmosphere of the beach is what puts this one high up... More 

Thank Nate J
Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was unusually rough the day we visited. Waves were 2-3 feet high and made swimming and snorkeling difficult. Danny, a local, said the rough surf was very uncommon. Someone had put up a fence from his property to the surf line causing people to walk into the water to get to the far side of the beach. Danny said... More 

Thank Howard B
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

The perfect place to get away and go off tge grid... just turquoise water, sandy beach, on a sunny day!

Thank Guido R
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We loved our days at Happy Bay beach. The hike in from Friars Bay beach was beautiful, quite rocky so wear study sandals or sneakers. It's a very quite and private and trees for shade.

Thank champagnetrips
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

This a great beach. Nice area, plenty of shade and easy surf. It's a 15 minute hike back but well worth it. There was a small bar open but very limited. If you want it you should pack it in. It is on the French side of the island so clothing is optional. During the week there won't be a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 attraction reviews
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Reviewed March 7, 2017

My husband and I parked at Friar's Bay Beach and walked 10-15 minutes on a rocky path over a large hill to get to Happy Bay Beach. There's a sign on the main road marking where to turn off to get to Friar's Bay Beach. The path from Friar's Bay begins at the far right when facing the water. Walking... More 

4 Thank Jessica O

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