Happy Bay Snorkeling
The 11th most popular snorkel dive spot in St Martin - Sint Maarten.
Monday 25 March 2019 06:59 GMT
West of Grand Case off the northwest coast of St Martin, the snorkeling at Happy Bay is popular for plentiful reef fish. It is highlighted by a scenic beach with a few scattered coral heads offshore. This snorkel spot is ideal if its a sunny day with calm winds and low surf. The water clarity typically ranges from 10 to 12 feet of visibility at most.
The best parking is at Friars Bay and then you'll need to walk over the cliffs to the scenic Happy Bay beach. There is good snorkeling to be found over the rocks on the north and south ends of the beach.
To reach the snorkeling on Saint-Martin by air, fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). Note, there is a $30USD departure tax collected at the airport. When driving to Friars Bay Beach to park for the hike to Happy Bay, the best road access is from the south. The road to Friars Bay coming from the north (Grand Case) is very rough and a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. The hiking trail leaves from the north end of Friars Bay beach and takes about 10 minutes to hike. It is usually in good condition but good footwear is recommended.
Overall, Happy Bay is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in St Martin - Sint Maarten. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Happy Bay including Creole Rock, Tintamarre Island, Baie Rouge, Anse Marcel, Baie Orientale and Pinel Island.