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 near the center of Saint Martin, near 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 should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify St. Martin's beaches, but the ambiance at Friar's Bay Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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 on-location, which many Friar's Bay Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are various types of dining experiences in St. Martin that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

There is also a concession stand available. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will also have access to umbrellas and chairs here, so visitors hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade will not go leave unhappy. 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.

Remember to take into account that Friar's Bay Beach's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, meaning you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Friar's Bay Beach is on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It is close to Cultural Center Grand Case, which is situated a mile and a half away, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions such as Hope Estate Archeological Site offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Friar's Bay Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about St. Martin's past, without having to stray too far from the beach.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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 tourists looking for a little additional excitement might want to think about going to Marigot, which is close-by and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Marigot is a fairly short distance away, about a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good variety of lodging options to pick from in the area that encircles Friar's Bay Beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Friar's Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
LOVE Hotel 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


If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Cool House Cafe. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table 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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Friar's Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Grande-Case Beach, found 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 more action, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located a half mile to the north.

You might also want to visit 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.

Maybe Friar's Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, St. Martin offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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