Best Beach St Martin?
Everyone Agrees Orient Beach.
St Maarten / St Martin, in either it’s Dutch or French spelling, is renowned for it’s plentiful 37 beaches crammed into just 37 square miles, but the ‘jewel’ in the crown of St Maarten/ St Martin beaches, and known throughout the world, is Orient Beach.
Known as much for ‘clothing optional’ as it is for it’s gourmet cuisine and watersports, Orient beach has enough for everyone and with over 2km of golden sands there is more than enough to go around!
Orient beach is just as popular with residents as it is with hotel, timeshare or the behemoth cruise ships that dock in Philipsburg (Dutch side – only 15 minutes drive!). Here’s why:
Sunrise, with hardly a soul on the beach, St Martin residents are out walking their dogs, taking a morning stroll or exercising whilst (predominantly) American tourists are doing their morning nude walk. The beach is large and expansive and with no beach chairs or umbrellas yet assembled in their military rows, there is little to hinder a sprinter or a sloucher except the tractor ‘beach-scraper’ cleaning up the seaweed and ‘combing’ the sand.
Shortly after 9am the first sun-bathers arrive soon followed by tourist from the cruise ship arrivals who have pre-booked reservations with restaurants and beach bars and rapidly take up the neat rows of chairs and umbrellas. There is more than enough room to enable the quiet-seeker to have no problem finding deserted parts of Orient Beach. Continue reading