Friar's Bay

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  • TraceyPTBO
    Peterborough, Canada59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem of a Beach
    Brilliant little beach away from the crowds. Three options for resto/chair/umbrellas, all with perfect spots to enjoy the day. Parking is easy and the rates very reasonable. The sand is soft as can be and the waters a beautiful blue.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 20, 2023
  • Sherri
    Modesto, California36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and serene
    Beautiful beach and so serene! We went to this beach on our first day and would go back every day if we didn’t want to try other beaches. This is definitely one of our favorites. The beach chairs and umbrellas we reaonabke and the beach service was perfect! The beach is one of the more secluded beaches we found and no locals bothering you selling their products. The water was perfect and the beach access was a oerfectly easy slope. Definitely one of the best beaches without having to take a boat ride off the island.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Mark E
    Maryland69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach, calm waters and excellent snorkeling experience
    This bay is one of St Martin's best beaches as the water is generally calm and the snorkeling from the beach towards Pointe Nord de l'Anse Guichard and Happy Bay can be excellent. This is our second visit to this bay over the last several years. There are two bar/restaurants and we chose to rent two chairs and and umbrella from Friar's Bay Beach Cafe at rates of $10 if you buy food and drink at the restaurant, or $20 if you don't. The beach was not overly packed during our visits of May and October months. Today I saw and photographed numerous Cushion Sea Star (starfish), both yellow and red, schools of blue tang, parrotfishes, wrasses, a great barracuda, one large green turtle and some coral and sponges.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Colin S
Nashua, NH83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great beach, we had heard great things about Friars Beach. We stopped at the 978 Beach Lounge, very friendly pretty good service… until it came time to pay. Cash only asked if we had Euro’s or US Dollars. When we got here Saturday the exchange rate was .98 to $1, today it was 1 for 1. The bill was 174 in Euro’s but they charged 1.25 exchange rate. Pushing the bill to $217. Really!!!! You know I could live with the exchange if I knew the money was going to their employees who work hard, and do a good job. The waiter volunteered to not take a tip or service charge, but we know it’s not him why should he suffer, because of the owners greed. We have shopped on the French and Dutch side have eaten on both sides and have not had an issue with exchange rate at all. Even the grocery stores which use the Anguilla rate process the exchange properly without hiking some exorbitant exchange rate. So unless you have Euros I would avoid the 978 Beach Lounge.
Written September 8, 2022
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AnLil
911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Friar’s Bay past Marigot is an underrated shoreline: more accessible than Mullet and better than Maho Beach. It’s good for families with teens and couples. Nearby Happy Bay was recommended, but we prefer clothing not “optional” (nude). Although people spoke about the smell of outhouses before, I found the flush facilities just fine with no odour at Friar’s Bay. The beach has a sandy bar on the Atlantic side, only 7 minutes over the hill or curve from Front de Mer (Creole cooking in Marigot). Beach bars like 978 Beach Lounge make for a good deal: $20 beach chairs or $30 including mixed buckets. Visibility was limited like everywhere on the island, now, but body surfing was fun due to the waves. An umbrella would have been helpful, but we were there to check out the surf or water sports. With two reggae bar/food shacks to choose from and a sandy strip as long as Grand Case Beach Club, you’ll get the surf minus any prickly sea urchins (like at Grand Case and Creole Rock). Park your car at the big red ici billboard of Pointe Molly Smith, and you’ll have bopping good times at Friar’s Bay!
Written December 23, 2022
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Michael H
Bethesda, MD118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This superb picture post card beach offers picture perfect food. There many fine places to dine by the sea on St. Maarten/Martin ( the island is the culinary capital of the Caribbean) but Vincent and his able crew out do the others in price and quality and quantity.
Service is friendly thanks to handsome servers with beautiful smiles like Roman and Coco.
The food never misses. Whether it’s a ( very large) salad of garden fresh greens or fantastic lobster sized shrimp or a gigantic, delicious Croque Monsieur or steak, every dish is carefully prepared, elegantly plated , and sensational!
The entry to this fabulous beach is a bit of a challenge but the rewards of scenery and memorable dining is so worth a whole or two along the way.
Written October 30, 2022
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Jet436904
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We have been here many times, but not in a few years. I wish we had believed the reviews about the sewage smell. It was awful. $5 a chair or $10 a chair if you don’t buy food. We lasted about 20 minutes before the smell drove us away. I hope they fix it, this was such a nice place.
Written June 27, 2022
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Kalisa P
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I thought this beach was beautiful. It was a little of a rough ride getting there but it was short and nice to drive right up. Soft sand and great calm water. It was nice to have a restaurant right there too. It wasn't crowded at all when we were there but we did have a few topless sunbathers that our kids had lots of questions about, but we didn't mind. We had a nice quit day there. Only downside was the bathrooms were gross.
Written February 14, 2020
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Sherri
Modesto, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful beach and so serene! We went to this beach on our first day and would go back every day if we didn’t want to try other beaches. This is definitely one of our favorites. The beach chairs and umbrellas we reaonabke and the beach service was perfect! The beach is one of the more secluded beaches we found and no locals bothering you selling their products. The water was perfect and the beach access was a oerfectly easy slope. Definitely one of the best beaches without having to take a boat ride off the island.
Written May 8, 2024
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Eddie
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Friars bay is a small, beautiful, quiet beach that locals tend to go to. The pond gets sewage dumped into it and as the pond dries up the smell can become very intense. The best time to go to the beach is when the pond busts open to the ocean and fresh water comes in. The flushing of the pond into the ocean eliminates a lot of the smell. I highly recommend checking out Happy Beach right next to Friar's Bay. Happy Beach is one of St. Martin's hidden jewels. It's almost like having your own private beach for the day.
Written September 14, 2022
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
It’s a bit of a drive, especially if you’re staying on the Dutch side. But the ride was really worth it. The water color is breath taking as is everything else. You can bring your own chairs, but they do have chairs and umbrellas to rent. You can also bring your lunch or eat at the lovely cafe there, right on the beach!
Written March 19, 2021
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Mary H
Evansville, IN91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Always went to this beach at least once or twice during our two week stay. Perhaps it was the hurricane, but something has changed. Use to sit out by Kahki’s and always have a delicious lunch. A lot of their beach area is gone. I actually laid in a chair down the beach at the Friar Bay Beach Club with a promise to the guy that I was going to eat lunch there. When I wondered into the restaurant area for lunch, no one paid any attention to me...so I left. When I decided to leave for the day, I stopped by the beach bar of Kalhi’s for a drink and ribs. The old man working the bar was downright surly. My ribs were okay, but on the dry side and the rice and peas was bland.

Be watching of the beach here. There is small rocks at the edge of the surf. It can be difficult to walk in or out, and an undertow may knock you down. I was drug several feet across those stones and had quite the bruise on my bottom.
Written January 23, 2020
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Traci W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
What a beautiful beach - crystal clear water and powder white sand. Definitely rent chairs and an umbrella as there is no shade. Snorkeling is good - we saw a small variety of fish and 2 sea turtles. This was one of my favorite beaches on vacation. It was really nice to lay out on the beach chairs under the umbrella and watch the clear waters. I recommend stopping at Shez Fernand Bakery after for amazing food!
Written June 20, 2022
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