Friar's Bay (St. Martin)#6 in Best Things To Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten
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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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Orient Bay Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Irma and is one of the places on the island that recent visitors said was a bit shocking to see, with most of the businesses completely wiped out. That said, they still extol the virtues of the clear waters and fluffy white sand.
There are some vendors plying food and drinks and the popular Club Orient, a naturalist hotel, which was totally destroyed and is currently under renovation, is operating a few beachside concessions.
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