Friar's Bay (St. Martin)

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Key Info

at the foot of Pic du Paradis

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Friar's Bay, or Anse des Pères, has a more family-friendly atmosphere than some of the other scantily clad shores of St. Martin. That's because its crystalline waters have gentle, swimmable waves that are easy for children to handle. You can watch your kids play from the beach bars that corral Friar's; Kali's Beach Bar offers food and drink if you get hungry. The secluded Happy Bay is a 10-minute jaunt away, and according to many, this tiny stretch alone is worth the trip. 

You'll find both Friar's and Kali's Beach Bar between the towns of Grand Case and Marigot (at the foot of Pic du Paradis), but take caution on the snaking, bumpy road down to the shore. Though there are restrooms in the beach bars, there are no public bathrooms surrounding the beach.

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#1 Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours

Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any other watersport you can imagine is easy enough to schedule, and many companies stand ready to take you out for the day. Since St. Martin is in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, it's also quite popular to visit other islands, such as Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.

Day sails or specialty boat tours that offer everything from eco-snorkeling to party-in-the-sun itineraries are quite common. Daysailing companies that receive excellent reviews from past visitors include Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and Captain Alan's Boat Charters.

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