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Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes, you have to hike about 15 minutes up and down some narrow, rocky trails to get here, and it's not easy to even drive up to the place where the path starts. But why are people happy? Because you can go here and be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lauracmorrison
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always quiet, smooth and plenty of sand and room for everyone. Don't go if you don't like clothing-optional-we do!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Steve N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty bay as not too busy and easy to get to by taxi. Great for Snorkel and relaxing away from the busy town beach, btw it's a happy bay too..

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mfsmalta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They don’t make them any prettier than this! This gorgeous beach is only a short walk from Friar’s Beach. The road to Friar’s beach is horrible and you’ll think you’ve gone the wrong way. The walking path is to the right of the parking area...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little hard to find but well worth it the beach is clean...no weeds. The water is fantastic and sometimes the waves are really good! Food and drink available from Danny. Being your own chair and umbrella. Not many people. Sometimes the beach has quite...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank basketcase71
Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

This place is my favorite of all beaches. It's secluded and pristine. While the neighborhood that lines the beach are completely destroyed, the beach has been cleaned up, and is accessible (hike or by boat). White sand, crystal clear water, secluded, intimate.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank eight2-5traveler
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Prior reviews on Happy Bay Beach describe it perfectly ... A great secluded beach with natural beauty and nice people. Once we figured out how to get to Friar’s Beach, the hike over was easy. Really no way to get lost. One definitely wants good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank V6464EMjohnd
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This side of the island was hit pretty hard but happy bay still lives on! Trees are a little scarce but you can still find some shade or bring a umbrella. There’s nothing here but relaxation. It’s a short walk back and well worth it,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Toddbrenda
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

So our first attempt finding Happy Beach was a fail. We ended up entering through Faria Beach Via a small trail. Danny is the only attendant and shared an easier way via Happy Bay road. Park at the white closed gate and walk 12 minuets...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Travel30144
Reviewed October 19, 2018

While on a cruise, we selected Rhino Riders for our shore tour. It was a wonderful choice. We were with our family and loaded up the Rhinos, powered by a 30HP motor, headed out to Happy Bay Beach. The guide took us past much of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Allen P
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December 12, 2018|
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Response from eight2-5traveler | Reviewed this property |
You have to "hike" there from Frair's Bay. To get there from La Savane, turn left on Rue Happy Bay and stay left. (The access gate to Happy Bay homes is closed off; the entire neighborhood is demolished except one home... More
April 15, 2017|
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Response from eight2-5traveler | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's private and you can sunbath nude. This is a low traffic beach. My wife and I bathed, and a couple way at the north eastern end did also. They walked nude and it didn't seem to phase anyone.
Cheryl M
March 15, 2017|
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Response from Jessica O | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It wasn't clear to us exactly what was being built or how extensive it was going to be - only that the pace seemed unhurried.