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.

Located in Saint Martin, near the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Friar's Bay Beach is on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Friar's Bay Beach offers that middle ground. It's a spot which rarely gets too crowded, even though it's in a fairly popular area.

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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Friar's Bay Beach at all, it's worth a try. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to sample the local fare is right on the water. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors seeking a relaxing spot in the shade 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, you will need to keep in mind that even if there fortunately are some amenities present at Friar's Bay Beach, it is located in an active, busy area. With that fact in mind, if you think these amenities are a crucial feature, it'll be an appropriate reason to come earlier in the morning before the crowds do or go to a different beach further away. If you arrive later, you might find all the amenities being unavailable.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on St. Martin's South coast. It is close to Cultural Center Grand Case, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

If you want more information on the history of St. Martin, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Hope Estate Archeological Site, which is one of the closest historical attractions to Friar's Bay Beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Friar's Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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 close to Marigot, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Those visiting Friar's Bay Beach who are seeking further attractions might think about checking out Marigot, which is not far away and is a particularly busy area of St. Martin. From the coast, Marigot is a quick trip away, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of hotel rooms within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient possibilities can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Friar's Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
LOVE Hotel & Residence 1.1 mi. ENE Hotel
Alizés Motel Guesthouse -- -- Guest house
Hevea Inn -- -- Hotel
Hotel L'Esplanade -- -- Hotel
Le Belvedere Residence -- -- Hotel
Le Petit Hotel -- -- Hotel
Grand Case Beach Club 1.8 mi. NE Resort

Food

When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Cool House Cafe. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Friar's Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cool House Cafe -- -- -- 0.7 mi. ENE
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe 590 49 16 87 French, International -- -- --
Grand Case Cafe -- -- -- 1.1 mi. ENE
Le Ti 'Provencal (059) 087-0565 French Fine Dining 1.1 mi. ENE
Rainbow Cafe (059) 029-0776 French, International Fine Dining 1.1 mi. ENE
Ti Provincical -- -- -- 1.2 mi. ENE
Estamnet -- -- -- 1.2 mi. ENE
California (059) 087-5557 French, Italian Informal 1.2 mi. ENE
La Noche -- -- -- 1.2 mi. ENE
La Noche -- -- -- 1.2 mi. ENE
Piazza Pascal (059) 087-3921 Italian Informal 1.2 mi. ENE
Mount Gay Cafe (059) 077-1469 -- -- 1.2 mi. S

Other Beaches

The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many nice beaches, so Friar's Bay Beach is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is 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. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Happy Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's located a half mile to the north.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Baie Rouge, another favorite sun-spot 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, Friar's Bay Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.

 

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