Friar's Bay Beach

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Populated by a small crowd of locals and tourists in the daytime, this beach is known for occasional nighttime beach parties as well.

Positioned near the heart of Saint Martin, fairly close to the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Friar's Bay Beach is on the South edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want whether or not you are staying nearby. Friar's Bay Beach stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in St. Martin may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Friar's Bay Beach, but are usually busier since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

How to Access The Beach
Ample parking is provided for this beach. There are no access issues, the public is welcome.

Amenities and Ambiance

With beautiful clear waters, soft sand and hillside views, this is a lovely daytime beach. There are some villas and accommodations here.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are various types of dining experiences to be had in St. Martin, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will also have access to chairs and umbrellas, so visitors seeking some respite from the sun will get their wish. Every member of your family will enjoy the fun environment of Friar's Bay Beach, and even the locals come to the beach to partake in the parties thrown at this beach, as well as to enjoy the delicious cuisine at the oceanfront restaurants.

Though, please realize that even if there are definitely at least one or two amenities and services (BLANK) if you go to Friar's Bay Beach, it is found within an area popular for visitors. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it'll be a smart reason to plan your visit out for times when there are less people, perhaps heading to the beach first thing in the morning. If you wait around, you may lose the chance to fully enjoy all the amenities which this beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on St. Martin's South coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Tropismes Gallerie, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Cultural Center Grand Case. This museum is located a mile and a half to the east-northeast, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Friar's Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Tropismes Gallerie Art Gallery 1.3 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 2.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Friar's Bay Beach is in the Marigot area, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Friar's Bay Beach visitors hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might want to consider making the trip to Marigot, since it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the coast, Marigot is just up the road, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest choices are seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Friar's Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bleu Emeraude 0.9 mi. ENE Villa complex
LOVE Hotel & Residence 1.1 mi. ENE Hotel
Hevea Inn -- -- Hotel
Hotel L'Esplanade -- -- Hotel
Le Petit Hotel -- -- Hotel
Alizés Motel Guesthouse 1.6 mi. ENE Guest house
Bay View Beach Homes 1.7 mi. NE Villa complex
Grand Case Beach Club 1.8 mi. NE Resort


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Friar's Bay Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Friar's Bay Beach Cafe. This restaurant offers both French and International menu items. They're also renowned for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Friar's Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe (069) 049-1687 French, International -- 0.1 mi. NE
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe (069) 049-1687 French, International -- 0.1 mi. NE
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe (069) 049-1687 French, International -- 0.1 mi. NE
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe (069) 049-1687 French, International -- 0.1 mi. NE
Rainbow Cafe (059) 029-0776 French, International Fine Dining 1.1 mi. ENE
Piazza Pascal (059) 087-3921 Italian Informal 1.2 mi. ENE
Le Marco Polo (059) 029-3102 -- -- 1.3 mi. S
Le Cottage (069) 062-2686 Creole, French Fine Dining 1.3 mi. ENE
La Villa (059) 052-3659 French Informal 1.3 mi. ENE
Auberge Gourmande (059) 087-7337 French Fine Dining 1.3 mi. ENE
Hidden Forest Cafe (059) 087-7616 Contemporary, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.3 mi. SE
Bombay Brasserie (059) 029-6720 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten will have lots of options besides Friar's Bay Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Grande-Case Beach, located within a mile or so. Grand-Case Beach is great combination of a tropical paradise and a place for great dining choices. So after a long day of watersports you donAAAt have to go far to grab a bite to eat. On the other hand, Happy Bay offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's found a half mile to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Baie Rouge, another great beach choice in St. Martin. If you want plenty of great views of breathtaking oceanfront scenery, then the Baie Rouge beach is the perfect spot to visit on your next St. Martin vacation.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Friar's Bay Beach could end up a family favorite.


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