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One of the most beautiful beaches on St. Martin is Happy Bay. It’s secluded, has incredible white sand and the water is calm. This beach has stayed gorgeous mostly because no one ever goes to it. And there is a reason for that. It’s not very easy to get to.

Happy Bay beach is located on the French side of the island of St. Martin|St.Maarten. The easiest way to get to it is by hiking to it from Friar’s Bay, which is a more popular beach with two restaurants.

The hike is very easy and can even be done in flip flops, so don’t be concerned about how advanced of a hiker you need to be.

There is a path located on the north side of Friar’s Bay (right side when facing the ocean) and it’s easy to spot. Take this path which follows the coastline for about 10-15 minutes. As long as you stay on the coastline, you really can’t go off the path.

After your gentle stroll through the woods while avoiding the inguanas that may fall from the trees, you will reach Happy Bay beach. This beach is completely void of restaurants, chairs, umbrellas and for the most part, people. Here you are free to bare it all and get rid of all those peksy tan lines.

You may notice a few things leftover from the SXM Music Festival, which throws a huge beach party here.

Remember to bring your sunscreen, some water or other beverages and even a snack if you plan on staying awhile. If you’re looking for peace and quiet while listening to the ocean, this is the beach for you.

What kind of beach do you prefer? Secluded or populated? Tell me about your favorite in the comments.

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