Of all the 37 beaches on St Maarten/St Martin, Orient Beach is the busiest and most colourful. Situated in the north-east of the island, the 2km long beach of white sand is a rainbow of beach umbrella colors each representing a different restaurant.
The famous ‘clothing optional’ naturalist beach at the very north of the beach is safe from the new development and more popular than ever and well worth a visit.
At the other end of the beach there are a range of water sport kiosk’s with jet ski’s and wind surfing to paragliding and kayaking gear. Along with beach sports like volleyball and beach badminton gear for hire. Training is given by the friendly staff.
The gently sloping shore line is always a hive of activity with swimmers and sand castle building. The Green Key reef, to the north, keeps most of the Atlantic swell at bay and being a marine reserve makes the snorkeling wonderful.
The 5 main restaurants cater for all tastes and pockets all serving delicious cocktails and local beers all day.
For lunch there is a massive choice of simple burger and fries for $10, $10-$15 buffets, al-a-carte $30-50 or even a $100 gourmet specialist menu, but whatever you choose, the food will be delicious with a Caribbean/French twist. Served on the beach whilst lounging on a sun bed or in the brightly coloured covered bars or restaurants. Most bars don’t charge for the sun beds when you buy a bucket of beer. Reserving prime waterfront loungers can cost up to $40 at some places.
After watching the sunset on the beach with a relaxing cocktail, a short walk takes you to the Provence style square in ‘Le Village’ it’s kid friendly and a wonderful place to enjoy your evening meal in one of the small restaurants that surround the park. On most nights during the season there is live music in the square.