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“Beautiful Beach - no facilities and lots of nude people”
Review of Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach
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Rock 'n Roll Snorkel and Sightseeing Safari of St. Martin
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Green Bay
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach - no facilities and lots of nude people”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Beach is a nice walk from Frair's beach. Fun to take the kids for an adventure walk. The beach looked beautiful...but nude people have taken over the beach. It is not a delegated nudist beach, so I was a bit put off. A few here and there, fine. A whole beach full when not a nude beach - not very nice.

Visited January 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“secluded beach”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Went to Happy bay several times this trip, easy 10 min. walk from Friars beach, nice bay with clear water, gentle waves usually, getting more popular with "naturalists" of all ages, snorkling on far end of the bay along the rocky shore ok, or just before you get to the beach, there is a quiter area for snorkling, with rock formations. local vendor provides some barbeque chicken and some drinks, no other facilities.

Visited December 2012
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Southbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Our favorite deserted island beach on St. Martin”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

This remote beach is only accessible by foot path (15 min) from Friar's Bay Beach, but well worth it! We never would have known about it if it were not for TA - Thanks! If you walk to the end, be prepared for some naturists, however. There are no facilities on the beach.

Visited January 2013
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Jumpin' all over the world
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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Happy bday at Happy Bay (in your bday suit)”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a water taxi drop us at Happy Bay for a birthday celebration, and it is a perfect little beach. Just know in advance that many, but not all, of the people on the beach are without some or all of their clothing. There are no resorts or restaurants on the beach with chairs/umbrellas, although you can bring your own if you're willing to carry it for the 10-15 minute hike from Friar's Bay, where you can park. The beach was very clean, and there are lots of trees providing shade, so we found it very comfortable. After a few hours we hiked over to Friar's Bay where there are two places where you can get lunch. There's also a small stand selling drinks and ribs on Happy Bay, but we didn't see it until we were about to leave. Our water taxi was easily able to pick us up right on the shore at Friar's Bay. We saw several groups from the cruise ships coming to Happy Bay to snorkel while we were there, so I asked our water taxi driver how the snorkeling is there -- he said not to bother, that there wasn't much to see there and that several other areas very nearby were much better.

Visited January 2013
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“One of my favorite beaches in the world”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

After a short walk from Friar's Bay you arrive at this small half moon protected beach known as Happy Bay. It has shade trees, is protected from the wind and has calm water. There is a beach bar and restaurant if you don't bring your lunch. We spent many relaxing hours here, sunbathing, swimming, reading and just looking at this beautiful beach. There are small rocks at the waters edge, so water shoes are helpful to get in and out of the water. You will encounter topless and nude sunbathers here, but all the different users of the beach co-exist in peace whether clothed or not.

Visited January 2013
4 Thank Frances D
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