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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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$100.00*
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Rock 'n Roll Snorkel and Sightseeing Safari of St. Martin
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$68.98*
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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay
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$118.99*
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St Maarten Catamaran Snorkel Sail

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My wife and I have enjoyed Happy Bay au naturale on yearly visits to Grand Case multiple times over the past 10 years. Recent reviews described problems with campers, trash and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
dgoldfield
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Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have enjoyed Happy Bay au naturale on yearly visits to Grand Case multiple times over the past 10 years. Recent reviews described problems with campers, trash and police. Is this a commen experience or just occasional problem? We are headed back shortly so would be interested in hearing if conditions have changed ed much. Thanks

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Thank dgoldfield
Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a 10-15 min hike from Friars Bay Beach to here, but well worth it. No amenities at all, just a pristine beach with very few people on it, and great surf. Some sections have some rocks underwater but there's plenty of sand all the way out, too.

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STRATHAM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth the "hike", actually a 15 minute walk on a path (Flip Flops will work fine). The beach was beautiful. Not crowded at all, secluded, your own piece of paradise. We went to as many beaches as we could during our week long stay, and this was one of our favorites by far. Small shack to purchase beer only,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was a bit of a nature hike to get here ... but once at the beach ... it was quiet and serene. Totally worth the trek back and forth. No facilities that we saw. An abandoned drink counter with some picnic tables. Bring your own water ... This beach had its nudists ... a few yachts anchored... and some... More 

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1 Thank Gerry D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

More of a walk up a small hill through the woods on a defined path. Need shoes, even flip-flops. A must do while in Saint Maarten. Looks for the iguanas on your way in and out - brown, green and orange, small and large. Ribs, chicken and beer from Danny were worth the wait. Paradise

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1 Thank Christine G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for about a half hour on a boat excursion and wished we could have stayed longer. The water and sand were pristine and the place was secluded. Clothing is optional here so if that bugs you, don't go. All in all it's a great beach.

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Thank Steven N
Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice beach with not too many people. You get there after a 15 min hike from friars bay. If you go there with children just keep in mind that there are a few naked people.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a clothing optional boat tour of the island. The guy at the blue hut delivers excellent chicken and ribs. This is a remote and private beach. Bring your own chairs and refreshments. The best place on the island to enjoy the clothing optional lifestyle away from curious eyes and noise. Calm water and better than average snorkeling.... More 

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Shoreham, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

You have to hike into this beach and it was difficult to find. We looked for it many times over the years and finally saw someone hiking and asked them about it. Make sure you wear some sneakers because the trail is very rocky. There is a trail right next the Friars Bay Beach ...look for the sign. It is... More 

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Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Had 2 lovely days out in St Maarten,when on 2 cruises.Lovely sandy beach across the road from shops and bars,so easy to get a beer if you needed it.Some lovely jeweller shops as well.Really easy to walk around.I LOVED IT. Travelled Feb 2015 and Feb 2016 both times on Thomson Celebration.

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