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Friar's Bay

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Address: St. Maarten-St. Martin
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St Maarten Zumba Dance Class at Frais Bay
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A lovely little beach. 2 bars/restaurants also offering sun beds and umbrellas for rent. Nice clean beach with a small line of pebbles to overcome as you go into the sea but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we enjoyed more in this beach than orient beach. it was not too big, but enough for swimming around bay for working out.It was not overly crowed but enough for people watching. there were two restaurants in the bay. The Friar bay cafe (IcI t'es lilleur) was so cute and had great food. you could sit either on the beach... More 

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Chattanooga
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a quiet, calm, beautiful beach! I'm not sure how we missed it last trip. There are two different chair/food places. The one farthest down is more fancy (and more expensive) but they give you a discount on the chairs. The one closest to the parking still has very good food. Both places only take cash and both are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely little beach. 2 bars/restaurants also offering sun beds and umbrellas for rent. Nice clean beach with a small line of pebbles to overcome as you go into the sea but nothing major. Probably good snorkelling on other days as there are cliffs and rocks along the side of the bay. Unfortunately water was too murky during our visit.... More 

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Reinbeck, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is a must! Calmer waters. Go to the second cafe as if you eat there, 2 chairs table and umbrella are only 10 dollars. The food we had there was also so good!

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Turnersville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This beach is not easy to find . But when you do you have a smile on your face the road is not great and you will meet some cows that don't like to move but it's worth it Get there early because it fills up fast. The water is so blue and not too rough And the plus there... More 

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

One of my favourite spots. It's way off the main road past some nice estate homes. Quaint little bay with a nice sandy beach. Calmer waters make it great for swimming. Beautiful views. Lots of parking right on the beach so you're not far from your car. Chairs are reasonable to rent at $5 and the service staff very friendly.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We like the beach and restaurant and decided to buy souvenir beach bags. The man who sold them to my husband discouraged him from opening up the sealed plastic and we discovered why when we got home. When we unpacked the bags we discovered the canvas was so moldy we had to throw both bags away. Scammed :(

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Must visit, there are 2 beach bars, one at each end of the bay. Pick one, rent a chair and you're set for the day. Very relaxed and beautiful beach.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Friar's Bay is a very pretty beach. We made the mistake of getting a chair and trying to eat at the first place you come upon. A very nice guy helped us with our chairs. About 1:45pm, though, we went to eat there. It took forever for very mediocre and expensive food. We finished at 4pm, and there were 2... More 

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Regina, Canada
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

The beach is sandy, the water warm and gentle. There's a good restaurant with facilities, and a beach bar. Beds and umbrellas are available for $5, and it's not nearly as crowded as many other beaches.

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