ST MARTIN | ST MAARTEN after HURRICANE IRMA: Update December 2018!


Friars Bay Beach now has two restaurants open here which is a good sign. I hadn’t actually been here before so I can’t say what it looked like
before but I think it looks great now. Friars Bay Beach is a great place for
the entire family the swimming is easy. There’s plenty of restaurants for food and you can eat and just play and have a really nice afternoon.

Friar’s is located between Marigot and Grand Case. You’re going to turn down some pretty bouncy roads so do be aware if you have 4-wheel drive it’ll be amazing. If you’re in kind of a smaller car you can still get there but it’s going be a little bit slower. And if you’re really up for adventure while at Friars Bay Beach, I highly recommend going down the path that’s located on the north side of the beach. If you take the path you can go all the way out. It’s about a 10-minute walk and you’ll get to Happy Bay Beach.


Now Happy Bay Beach is a super private/public. There are no restaurants,
there’s no entertainment, there’s basically nothing. So when you go out
there you’re going to get a lot of privacy. Not a lot of people go out there and
you’ll be able to swim and it’ll really feel like your own little private beach
getaway so I can’t recommend that enough. You really should explore Happy Bay as well as Friar’s Bay beach for lunc. You can spend your entire day at these two beaches. Next, we move over to Grand Case.


  1. Phil,
    Thank you so much, merci beaucoup for this happy, inspirational update!!
    I love St Martin : it’s a second or maybe first home to me. I was devastated for so long but this update has brought tears of joy to me. Tell me, what about it makes you so interested in it? Your Ariel’s are amazing! You mentioned my favorite beaches: Orient beach and Baie Rouge. I am ambivalent about the restaurant and chairs missing. I loved happy hour on Baie Rouge! I’ve also never been to Happy baie so will check it out next time. My Dawn beach in Oyster pond appears to be closed with no sign of life on the web. Are there places to stay on Orient beach?
    Sooooo after your video, I think I’ll return soon. Again thanks so much for the update!!!


    1. Hello Sheree! Thank you so much for commenting. I always love to hear about how much people love the island. It really is a special place. I’m so happy you enjoyed my update. I wanted to provide people with real information about how the rebuilding process is coming along. I first started going to the island 4 years ago. I do work for clients there and found myself going twice a year for weeks at a time. It really started to feel like a second home. Orient Beach has a few places to stay nearby and there are many private villas as well that are available. I’m so happy to hear my video has inspired you to make a return trip soon! That is all I wanted from this! Thanks again for watching and readying!


      1. I used to go for 3 weeks at a time. I’ve stayed all over the island. Each side has its beautiful, seductive aspects.Right?
        Did you get the aerial shots with a drone? Phil, you’re so lucky to work for people there!!!
        I had this dream to live there, but I am afraid of the hurricanes ! Its’ interesting that the new Orient Beach bars are being built so that they can be taken down quickly. Great thinking!!!


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