Happy Bay Beach Tours
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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 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
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Happy Bay 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.
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.
Join Too Rhum Punch for a 6 Hours yachting, sailing, and snorkeling experience. Your comfort and safety are our main concern, depending on the weather update we will take you sailing to the French Nature Reserve (Tintamarre and Pinel) well known for the turtles, iguanas. OR we will do an easy South side Coastal sailing French Side, Dutch Side with 2 or more stops for snorkeling, beach time and even spotting the planes as they land on our famous Maho Beach. French Style Buffet Lunch, Open bar all day with Top Shelve liquor, Snorkeling instruction and equipment, Attentive freindly and professional crew are all the ingredients for a successful day in Sint Maarten
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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