Orient Beach

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Beachgoers can indulge in the plethora of amenities at Orient Beach, which provide travelers with the opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of water sports. Orient Beach is recognized by St. Martin's government as a marine reserve.

Positioned in Griselle, fairly close to the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Orient Beach is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Active travelers who like parts of town the are bustling with activity will relish their time at Orient Beach.

How to Access The Beach
On the east side of the island, this beach is heavily developed and the best way to access this beach is to park at one of the restaurants that line the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

Orient Beach is one of St. Martin's most laid back beaches. It might be because it is a clothing optional beach. A popular campground is adjacent to this beach.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. No matter what your mood, there's something for everyone at Orient Beach. So, whether you want to relax and enjoy the sounds of the surf, or partake in exciting watersports or windowshopping, youAAAre sure to love everything that this clothing optional beach has to offer.

Keep in mind that the area surrounding Orient Beach is a bustling area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Orient Beach is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It is near some interesting sites like The Butterfly Farm, which is one of the attractions close-by.

If you want to learn more about the history of St. Martin, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For instance, nearby is Mount Vernon Plantation, which is one of the closest locations with historical significance in the area surrounding Orient Beach.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Orient Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 0.6 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 0.7 mi. SSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 0.7 mi. SSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Orient Beach is near Oyster Pond, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Oyster Pond, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Orient Beach, Oyster Pond is a fairly short distance away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you and your party are hoping to find a place that's near the ocean, the following table shows the closest options to Orient Beach.

Accommodations near Orient Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Esmeralda Resort 0.1 mi. WNW Resort
St Tropez Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
L'Hoste Hotel 0.1 mi. S Resort
Palm Court Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
La Plantation Orient Bay Resort 0.2 mi. SW Hotel
Hotel Alamanda Resort 0.2 mi. SE Resort
Club Fantastico 0.3 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Palm Court -- -- Hotel
Pavillon Beach 0.3 mi. WNW Hotel
Alizea Hotel -- -- Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is Coco Beach. This restaurant serves Creole food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed below.

Restaurants near Orient Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Coco Beach (059) 087-3462 Creole Very Casual 0.0 mi. NNW
Waikiki (059) 087-4319 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE
Caribbean Princess -- Caribbean -- 0.1 mi. NW
La Hoste -- -- -- 0.1 mi. S
La Playa (059) 029-0479 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE
Cap Caraibes -- -- -- 0.1 mi. W
Plantation Cafe (059) 029-5805 Creole, French Informal 0.2 mi. SW
New Point Safari Grill -- -- -- 0.2 mi. SSE
Palm Beach Restaurant (069) 035-9906 American, Asian, French Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
Le Piment (059) 052-4312 Italian Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSE
Le Cadre (059) 029-1256 Contemporary Very Casual 0.2 mi. SSE
Tai Chi (059) 087-7398 Asian -- 0.3 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Orient Beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Orient Beach is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider also visiting Green Cay, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the east. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Anse Marcel. It is located just a little ways away.

You may also enjoy Baie Lucas Beach, which is located two miles to the south.

St. Martin has plenty to offer its visitors, and paying a visit to Orient Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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