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Happy Bay Beach

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Address: Between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Rock 'n Roll Snorkel and Sightseeing Safari of St. Martin
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Definitely one of my faves!! Absolutely love it. Water was nice and clear, and it was not too crowded.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Katie L
Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely one of my faves!! Absolutely love it. Water was nice and clear, and it was not too crowded.

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Burlington, Vermont
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy Bay Beach is small - maybe 2 or 300 yards. It is an interesting 20 minute walk from Friars Bay. There are iguanas, aloe plants and cactus along the way and then you come to the beach. It is across from the near midpoint of Anguilla. Because of its seclusion, most anything goes here. Topless and nude swimmers are... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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248 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has now been ruined and is accessible by road and hosts a music festival. This was a hike in, remote, and mostly unknown beach. "call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye"

2 Thank Erik S
Ottawa, Canada
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164 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot, very quiet and secluded with barely anyone there. I had a hard time figuring out how to get there. So I made a picture with directions – see pics! We brought chairs, umbrella's and coolers, everything we needed to spend the day! The walk is approx. 10 minutes and can be done in flip flops, however mom was... More 

1 Thank LaL7
Sacramento, California, United States
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89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This was a wonderful pet friendly beach. We dropped anchor about 50 yards out and float/swam in. There were many nude sunbathers and everyone was friendly. come early if you want a shade tree or bring your umbrella.

1 Thank Jason A
Elkhart, Indiana, United States
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76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My daughter loved the surf. The water was an amazing color, soft sand and unbelievable views. This is a nude beach though so beware when bringing children that there will be nudists there.

1 Thank tracyj912
Montreal, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

SaIled into happy beach at the end of a boating day with friends. The captain told us the name of the destination but omitted the fact it was clothing optional. Beautiful white sand for comfortable day and trees offer shade for sunbathers. Water warm and clear. Bring your sunscreen :)

1 Thank Anthony C
Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Our 3rd visit in the last year to St Martin, and always to Happy Bay. My wife and I have been considering buying property up on the hill (Mount Choisy), BUT now are not so sure. It seems there is a lot more development to come in that area and the beach is becoming more and more crowded each time... More 

Thank C J
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Wife and I visited many beaches on the island but this is one we came back to. I loved it. Wish more beaches in the world were like this one. There are more beautiful beaches in the world but this one is still extremely beautiful. Love the laid back atmosphere of the beach is what puts this one high up... More 

Thank Nate J
Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

It was unusually rough the day we visited. Waves were 2-3 feet high and made swimming and snorkeling difficult. Danny, a local, said the rough surf was very uncommon. Someone had put up a fence from his property to the surf line causing people to walk into the water to get to the far side of the beach. Danny said... More 

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