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Friar's Bay

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Address: St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Great Beach!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve M
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Brooklin
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Brooklin
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 the beach was a treat. Give it a try!

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Thank Steve M
Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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Thank C J
Oregon
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank squimnshout
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 the next beach. We will come back and enjoy a full day here next time.

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Thank lollygal
Mashpee, Massachusetts
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173 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great beach, quit and easy going, relaxing place to sit, read , and swim, great restaurant on the beach is a big plus and parking within 20 feet of beach makes it very easy to get on the beach without long walks, busier on weekends as it is usually family days, lot of local people but still better than big... More 

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Thank Dickruns
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice beach to take a day trip. Can relax and enjoy location and friendly atmosphere. One of our favorite beaches on the island.

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Thank Pat K
Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

On the French side between Marigot and Grand Case. Look for the sign on the left, heading north, for Friar's Bay and follow the black top. Watch out for cows walking the road side. There are longers and umbrellas for rent-$18 for 2 chairs and one umbrella. We asked to rent a second umbrella later in the day and "Dupree"... More 

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Thank Howard B
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

Very nice little beach, we actually liked it better then most, it's off the beaten path but like everywhere we traveled, we asked along the the way and like their licence plates say "the friendly island " people pointed us in the right directions. There are 2 restruants on the beach and plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas to rent.... More 

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Thank Cynthia1866
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

Lovely little cove with a beautiful view of Anguilla. Never very crowded mid-week - probably because it's down a long road off the beaten path. Like every "local" beach in St. Martin, it can get a little loud on the weekends when locals play their music (often with huge speakers) incredibly loud.

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Thank Koren W
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

This is a very nice beach. Very relaxing and a great restaurant is a bonus. Great bar, the drinks are very reasonable and they don't hold back on the pour. Bring a towel or rent a chair. You won't be disappointed.

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