Taking a Peek at Friar’s Bay Beach, St. Martin

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The beach at Friar’s Bay doesn’t often get mentioned when discussing the beaches of St. Martin. This blog has yet to mention it but when you’re going up against beaches such as Orient Bay, Great Bay, Maho and Simpson Bay, sometimes you just need to assert yourself and scream “Hey, don’t forget about us over here!” The beach at Friar’s Bay is described by Sint-maarten.net as a “pretty, small, family oriented beach. The bay is well protected from the swells, and attracts also a few boats. For its calm waters, Friar´s Bay is an ideal beach for families” and a beach with “a fair amount of sand, beautiful seashells to collect, and a good view of the neighboring British island Anguilla. Facing the west coast, Friar´s Bay has also lovely sunset views. It is a very relaxed and laid-back beach to enjoy!”

Friar's Bay Beach (Anse des Peres) St. Martin, Credit Richie Diesterheft

Friar’s Bay Beach (Anse des Peres) St. Martin, Credit Richie Diesterheft

While it’s tiny, it still manages to squeeze in two beach bars and they are good ones. Kali’s Beach Bar is known for its rastafarian menu, specializing in good curries and local fish and it’s famous (or infamous) full moon parties. It’s open for breakfast lunch and dinner but it’s often closed so check first before you head over there. If it is closed and you’re really hungry and/or thirsty, you can head over to Friar’s Bay Beach Cafe, which offers French and international cuisine. Sint-maarten.net describes it as a “Casual beach bar and restaurant right in the middle of Friar´s Bay beach (see cabana on picture) with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Specials change almost daily, according to the fresh ingredients the chef gets. Live music every Sunday from 6 to 9pm. Private parties for 10 people and up. Open daily from 9am to sunset.”

Kali's Beach Bar, St. Martin, Credit Eiwe Lingefors

Kali’s Beach Bar, St. Martin, Credit Eiwe Lingefors


Friar's Bay Beach Cafe, St. Martin, Credit Richie Diesterheft

Friar’s Bay Beach Cafe, St. Martin, Credit Richie Diesterheft

For more information on Kali’s Beach Bar, please visit the following sites:
Trip Advisor
Rumshop Ryan – Ryan describes it as “a gathering spot for locals and tourists looking to lime away they day the Caribbean way.”
Fodor’s – “… a great place to hang out all day long.”

For information on Friar’s Bay Beach Cafe, you can visit the following sites:
Trip Advisor – One reviewer describes is as “fabulous.”
Fodor’s – “… a sophisticated vibe at this quiet, rather elegant beach club that may make patrons feel as if they are on a private beach.”
Jules on the Water – Not a lot to say about it as she lets her beautiful images do all the talking.


Photos by Richie Diesterheft used via Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Photo by Eiwe Lingefors used via Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Author: Tom W.

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