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, in the vicinity of 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 even if you are not 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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to check out what lies 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 found within a tourist hotspot, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Orient Beach on St. Martin's South East coast. It is close to The Butterfly Farm, which is one of the area's attractions.

Historical attractions like Mount Vernon Plantation provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Orient Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about St. Martin, without having to leave the coast.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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 very close to Oyster Pond, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of Oyster Pond is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, Oyster Pond is not far away, maybe 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. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests seeking a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very tough, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. You can find the closest and most convenient booking options by perusing those listed 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

One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit a local restaurant, where you can dive into St. Martin's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Coco Beach. This restaurant has Creole food. They're also renowned for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

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

There are multiple beaches to discover on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, of course, and Orient Beach is just one option.

You might also enjoy Green Cay, which is in a pretty active location. It is located three quarters of a mile to the east. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Anse Marcel is an area which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it only a short distance away.

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

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in St. Martin, but Orient Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.

 

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