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Happy Bay Beach
Happy Bay Beach is a beautiful, small, and secluded stretch of sand on St. Martin’s northwest coast. Since it requires a short hike to reach the beach, crowds tend to go elsewhere. The secluded nature of the beach makes it popular with clothing-optional sunbathers. 

The Basics
The untouched beach is a welcome change from the island’s more commercial beaches. Unpopulated and out of the way—accessible after a 10- to 15-minute walk from the street—Happy Bay is popular with locals and visitors looking to swim and sunbathe, sometimes in the nude.

Travelers who want to explore the area have options with half-day or full-day group or private tours that leave from Philipsburg or Simpson Bay. These tours often incorporate self-drive boat tours, extended snorkeling excursions, catamaran sails, and time to relax on the island’s gorgeous beaches. Many tours include stops at local restaurants for a meal and an island cocktail, while catamaran tours may stop at Grand Case, the island's culinary capital.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no commercial activity on the beach so don’t expect umbrellas, sun chairs, or beach bars, but palm trees do provide shade. 
  • Remember to bring sun protection, swimwear, and a towel.
  • Travelers should know that this beach is a popular spot for nudists.
  • Tours of the area may include round-trip hotel transport, meals, and rental equipment. Check specific tours for details. 

How to Get There
Visitors driving to Happy Bay Beach may park near the trailhead in Friar’s Bay. Painted arrows point the way along the trail to the beach. The walk is about 10 to 15 minutes. 

When to Get There
Happy Bay Beach is open daily year-around. High season is during winter; low season is during summer. 

Don’t Be a Litterbug
Since there are no commercial enterprises at Happy Bay Beach, bring a separate bag for your trash, and take it with you when you leave.
Address: Friar’s Bay, St. Martin, St Maarten
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Power Cat Snorkeling Adventure, Grand Case Lunch, Tintamare, Swim with Turtles

Explore the coast of St. Maarten and its many attractions aboard a power catamaran on this full-day cruise. You’ll have access to a host of equipment and activities—paddleboards, snorkeling gear, and fun floatation devices—so you can splash around and get to know the marine world. Sidle up to the bar for premium signature cocktails and enjoy a barbecue lunch midday.
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Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour

Tour the waters around St Maarten aboard a boat, including time for snorkeling, during this 4-hour excursion. With your friendly captain and crew, sail around Simpson Bay Lagoon to view the megayachts, then past Marigot Bay to Creole Rock. Splash into the azure waters for some snorkeling among the tropical fish and a variety of coral. Cruise up the west side of the island toward La Samana beach for some fun in the sun and sand. Visit Maho Beach to watch the jumbo jets fly overhead. Onboard open bar, light snacks and round-trip hotel transportation are provided.
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The Original Eco Tour - Full day around the Island of Sint Maarten / St Martin

Cruise around St Maarten with stops at Tintamarre, Creole Rock and Grand Case on this full-day sailing excursion. Explore the lovely natural beauty of Tintamarre, then head to Creole Rock for some of the island's best snorkeling. Go ashore in Grand Case, the St Maarten's culinary capital, for a gourmet lunch including wine. Cruise down the coast after lunch past Marigot Bay and Sunset Beach while enjoying an open bar. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
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Catamaran Cruises

The Original Farewell Tour - sailing Around the Island - snorkel, beach...

Spend the day sailing St Maarten's waters on a catamaran, stopping at secluded islands and snorkeling in the calm Caribbean waters. During this full-day excursion, explore some of the islands unspoiled beaches and snorkel off the shore. Dig in to a 3-course gourmet lunch at one of Grand Case's famed restaurants accompanied by French wine. Climb back aboard the boat for a final ocean jaunt and a chance for one last dip in the ocean. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
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Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

Discover the beauty of St Maarten's western coast aboard a self-drive inflatable boat—a unique alternative to the typical sightseeing tour. A knowledgable guide will accompany you on your journey from Philipsburg to Creole Rock on the island's French side. Once arriving, spend some time snorkeling in protected waters alongside sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, then get back behind the wheel to marvel at hidden bays and beaches.*Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings
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