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Friar's Bay

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have been going to St. Maarten/Martin since the mid 80s and have had the opportunity to see and use all the beaches on both the Dutch and French side. This beach is on the French side of the island between Marigot and Grande Case....More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great beach for all ages. Nice swimming, chairs for rental, lunch served chair side. Or eat at the beach bar. Good for relaxing and not too crowded.

Thank jormiston48154
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my personal favorite beach, I'm not sure if my family would totally agree with me. It was LOCAL. And beautiful. There's nice chairs that you can negotiate to rent, the tide was easy, water was great. There's a little shack there that serves...More

Thank CSDenver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love to go there because the tourist from the ships DON"T!!!! Its just a small area not alot of parking but a great spot to go. Snorkeling is on and off due to the currents but its still fun. Two beach bars with chair...More

1  Thank jim c
Reviewed May 12, 2017

Friar's Bay is a nice beach with plenty of parking and a gentle surf. There are several restaurants where one can get a chaise and some shade and meals are served right on the beach. Friar's bay is less crowded that many other beaches. The...More

Thank dmount2001
Reviewed April 25, 2017

We stopped here before heading to Happy Bay, I wouldn't stay a day, just another beach with no special appeal to it. When you have so many to pick from...

2  Thank LaL7
Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

We went as a family in April. It was a fantastic beach - and the boys made the hike to a mostly empty Happy Bay! It's a nice quiet beach - with nice waves. The restaurant was a disappointment - with horrible service - but...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed April 6, 2017

We go to visit Friars Bay Beach Cafe. The crowds are not bad and the water is terrific. Go for the food, stay for the beach!

Thank C J
Reviewed April 4, 2017

This one is a bit crowded, but the setting and sand are amazing. The waves are perfect for kids, and it's easy to get to.

Thank squimnshout
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

Friars Bay was our first stop on our self guided island beach tour. It was picture perfect with white sand, and calm blue water. It was empty and after a swim and a drink at Roots, we had to tear ourselves away to get to...More

1  Thank lollygal
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