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Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach

Free admission
Orient Beach, St Maarten

The Basics

Protected from the Atlantic waves by a reef, this 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) long, white sand beach has gentle waves. Lined with tiki huts, colorful beach chairs, and restaurants, Orient Bay Beach thrums with action, giving it the reputation as the Saint Tropez of the Caribbean. Visit independently or explore Orient Bay Beach as part of half-day or full-day St. Martin tour that might include sightseeing adventures on both the French and Dutch sides of the island.

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
$62.67 per adult
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Amazing tour and amazing guide
A little late but I gave to say how amazing this tour is and how amazing Jose is. I wasn't able to find a tour that offered everything this did (visit the Dutch and French side, Maho beach, shop). St. Maarten still had obvious signs of destruction from a past hurricane yet is the most hauntingly beautiful place I've ever been. The Guavaberry Rum is a must! Jose, I keep trying to convince Sean to nice there. Thank you so much! PS., please send some Guavaberry to Massachusetts - please and thanks! 😂
Julie_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Case

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St. Maarten Personalized guided experience
Valerie_B, Feb 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Jose was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable of the culture, history, and able to determine based on our group what to see and do. Definitely if you are wanting to see St. Maarten book this excursion.
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Amazing tour guide
Bill_V, Jan 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Joese is the best! Greeted us with a hug and one the most positive attitudes one can experience. Extremely knowledgable about the island and its history. Knows where to go and how to have a good time. There should be a six star rating. Love this guy!
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One of the best!!!
ltl25, Jan 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Jose was friendly and full of information about St. Maarten. A great way to get a lot of info and see a lot of attractions in a short period of time! Highly recommend!
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Best Personal Tour Ever!
NP0114, Nov 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
My Husband, son and I had the best experience! We could not be more thankful for the personalized tour, delicious lunch stop and amazing hospitality. The afternoon with Jose was like visiting with family, so amazing to hear about the local history, shared laughs and captured the must see parts of the island. Thank you for making memories for us!
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Excellent Tour
Cynthia_K, Nov 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Jesus was an excellent tour guide. His excursion was excellent as well. Highly recommend .Very informative and my family really enjoyed it.
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Excellent Tour Guide Highly Recommend!!
Gabriela_W, Apr 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
We loved our tour private with Jose. He was very knowledgeable about the island. We stopped in St Maarten as part of a cruise. My kids loved hearing his stories and as a result want to go back on vacation to the island. Great experience!
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St Maarten island tour
Howard_M, Dec 2018
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
I have travelled to St Maarten many times before but my travelling companion hadn’t - hence the trip.The tour gave an excellent view of the island taking in both the Dutch and French sides. The guide was excellent sharing personal stories giving us an insight into island life as well as taking us to two stand out beaches. When we had to get back to the cruise ship He adjusted the trip leaving all five travellers with a taste of the island.
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You Get To See It All
natasha216, Feb 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Stephen, our driver/guide, told us so much about this very interesting island. He was also very helpful with my sister, who needs knee surgery, assisting her in and out of the bus and wherever else she needed it without being asked. It is unfortunate that this beautiful island still hasn't recovered from the hurricanes of 2017, and it was sad to see and hear all of the details of what used to be there but was totally destroyed. That aside, if you are going to St. Maarten I would recommend this tour as it is very comprehensive. You get beach stops, shopping, the opportunity to buy pastries on the French side, and of course the airport at Maho Beach.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Orient Bay Beach is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families—but do expect some nudity.

  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.

  • Remember sun protection and water for hydration.

  • Clothing is optional in front of Orient Bay Beach Club. Other parts of the beach tend to attract sunbathers wearing a bit more clothing.

  • Umbrellas, beach chairs, and snorkeling equipment can be rented for a fee.

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How to Get There

Orient Bay Beach is on the east coast of the French side of the island. If not on a tour, take a taxi or drive—parking in the area is accessible and free of charge. Expect a 20-minute drive from Marigot and about a 20- to 30-minute drive from Philipsburg on the Dutch side.

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When to Get There

For fewer crowds, the best time to visit St. Maarten is spring or fall when cheaper rates are offered and rains are less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round, with the warmest weather in summer. Humpback whales can be observed from February to June.

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Nudity and Nature

Orient Bay Beach is a favorite among nudists and naturalists. The entire marine area is a protected marine reserve, making the snorkeling the best on the island. Travelers may rent gear at the beach or go just a bit farther afield to Pinel Island, Greey Cay, and Tintamarre Beach, all reachable by a short boat ride or by paddling in a kayak or canoe.

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