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.

Located in Griselle, near the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Orient Beach is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Active couples and families who like parts of town the are bustling with activity won't regret their visit to 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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. 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.

Since Orient Beach is of course located inside a relatively urbanized region, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on St. Martin's South East coast. It is near some interesting sites like The Butterfly Farm, which is among the attractions in the region.

Historic attractions, including Mount Vernon Plantation, offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Orient Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about St. Martin, without straying too far from the coastline.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in St. Martin. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Oyster Pond is the closest city and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the shore, Oyster Pond is just up the road, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Orient Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Travelers looking to find a place to stay not far from the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. Find the closest and most convenient booking options by perusing what's shown in the table below.

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

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Coco Beach. This restaurant serves delicious Creole cuisine. They are also known for their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many nice beaches, so if Orient Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If the active mood at Orient Beach is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Green Cay, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located three quarters of a mile to the east. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Anse Marcel is a location removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Baie Lucas Beach, which is located two miles to the south.

Perhaps Orient Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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