Happy Bay

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A small beach with stunning white sand and crystal clear waters, this is one of the most hidden and secluded beaches on the island, but perhaps not for long. In 2014, it was listed as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Located on the northern outskirts of Saint Martin, Happy Bay is on the South edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities may want to give Happy Bay a try. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not totally devoid of people either.

How to Access The Beach
This beach is on the northern, quieter end of St. Martin. It requires a 15 minute hike from the road, Rue Happy Bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Trees line this private island oasis, providing relief from the bright sunlight. There is not likely to be a crowd here. Nudity is not officially allowed on this beach, but it is tolerated.

There is also a snack bar here. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Those who love lounging in the sun will be excited to discover that visitors will have access to lounge chairs at this destination.

Happy Bay with its availability of amenities and services can be found well within a major tourist area. This means that if you think the amenities are an important factor, it'll be an appropriate reason to come earlier in the day before most of the crowds do or perhaps go to a different beach elsewhere. Or you could run the risk of all of the services becoming already claimed by other guests.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Happy Bay is on St. Martin's South coast. It is close to Cultural Center Grand Case, which is found one and a quarter miles to the east, and it is among the local attractions.

Historical attractions like Hope Estate Archeological Site offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Happy Bay, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about St. Martin's past, without having to leave the coast.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Happy Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 1.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 1.9 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Happy Bay who are looking for further attractions will want to consider making the trip to Marigot, because it's close-by and is an especially active area of St. Martin. From the beach, Marigot is a quick trip away, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of places to stay within a car's reach. A list of the closest options can be viewed in the list below.

Accommodations near Happy Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
LOVE Hotel & Residence 0.9 mi. E 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 1.5 mi. ENE Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Cool House Cafe is one of the closest eateries. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Happy Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cool House Cafe -- -- -- 0.5 mi. E
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe 590 49 16 87 French, International -- -- --
Grand Case Cafe -- -- -- 0.9 mi. E
Le Ti 'Provencal (059) 087-0565 French Fine Dining 0.9 mi. E
Rainbow Cafe (059) 029-0776 French, International Fine Dining 0.9 mi. E
Ti Provincical -- -- -- 0.9 mi. E
California (059) 087-5557 French, Italian Informal 1.0 mi. E
Estamnet -- -- -- 1.0 mi. E
La Noche -- -- -- 1.0 mi. E
La Noche -- -- -- 1.0 mi. E
Piazza Pascal (059) 087-3921 Italian Informal 1.0 mi. E
L'Estaminet (059) 029-1672 French Fine Dining 1.0 mi. E

Other Beaches

Happy Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

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. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might like Friar's Bay Beach. You'll find it a half mile to the south.

You may also enjoy Baie Rouge, one of the many great St. Martin beach sites. 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.

Perhaps Happy Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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