Orient Bay Beach
Orient Bay Beach
4.5
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Regarded as one St-Martin’s most famous beaches, Orient Bay Beach enjoys the reputation of being the “St. Tropez of the Caribbean.” This stunning strip of white sand with clear turquoise waters is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. There is no shortage of bars, restaurants, and beach clubs to choose from, and a strong breeze makes for great parasailing, kitesurfing, and hand gliding. While Plage Naturiste at the southern end is the designated nudist stretch of the beach, you will find that many visitors adopt a clothing-optional mindset all the way along Orient Bay Beach. – Tripadvisor
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  • Steven G
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beach with everything to offer
    This beach is a long white sand beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a beautiful beach to say the least. It has six restaurants on the beach. One of note is La Playa which had unbelievably good food and service. The beach is not supposed to be topless but I would estimate about one fourth of the women were (at least where we were). There is also a naturist beach at the end where my wife and I went. We LOVED it. It was so freeing. If you are looking to get past body image issues that Americans are saddled with then do this. You learn that there are people with all shapes, sizes, and ages there and nobody judges. Also there are rentals of water craft. This beach has it all. I will go back as soon as I can. If you let it, this beach will allow you to be free and have fun.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • KRS2
    Atlanta, Georgia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect beach all around. Family friendly + a nude section on the right side with great snorkeling.
    Fantastic, quiet, safe, beautiful. Great snorkeling (only at the rocks in front of the nude section). This beach feels very French which was a nice twist. The restaurants had great French food and friendly people. Very classy beach. If you snorkel, the ONLY place where you’ll see fish is in the roped off section in front of the nude area. Fantastic snorkeling. Awesome day all around. I’ll be back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • TimJ93
    Omaha, Nebraska11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Experience that's truly in Paradise
    From Philipsburg, We took a day trip to visit Orient Bay Beach. a $25 cab ride got us there in about 30 minutes. (arrange to have the cab pick you up at a designated time as there are no waiting cabs at a cab stand there) It is tucked away off the beaten path and very secluded. There is a nude portion that is segregated down the beach but we chose to not venture there. The water is warm, wonderful and has a sugar sand beach that has no sharp rocks or shells. You can walk out for 40 yards or so before you cease to touch. No need for water shoes. I want to give a special shout-out to the beach bar, Chez Leandra. we rented a beach umbrella there with 2 chairs for $20 (as you can do with several bars along the beach) The owner is Z, but we dealt with John and Natalie, fantastic hosts! The facility is well groomed and the inside is clean and neat. We ate a lunch of Garlic Conch and it was to die for! Fresh, savory and a little spicy it was everything I was looking for in a unique island experience. Natalie made for me her special (which should be world famous by the way) Bourbon sour. She made it by adding several ingredients and floated a half shot of bourbon on top. Trust me when I say a bourbon sour is my "go to" and I have never had one this good! Truly a 5-star experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Fae D
    Lewes, Delaware86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach!
    This is a big beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. The water may not be as calm as other beaches. There is some sea grass. You rent chairs and umbrellas from the beach bars. We spent a delightful day on this beach.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • John
    Florida102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Orient Bay Beach – Sun, Fun, Food and Drink
    Orient Bay beach is a beach for everyone that has both a textile and clothing optional area. All along the beach there are many beachside dining accommodations to satisfy anyone’s desire. Many if not all of the restaurants have lounges and umbrellas available for rent in front of their palace. For those who are inclined for the all-over tan head to the southern part of the beach for the clothing optional area. It also has its own dining establishment and a great happy hour at 1:00pm in the afternoon. Lounges and umbrellas are available for $25 USD. Sand is great, the water is amazing and no trace of seaweed. The winds however were strong in the beginning of the week and then died down later in the week. Much stronger than the last time we were here. People were friendly and respectful. We met several couples and shared our experiences. Overall, an enjoyable experience and nice time on the beach.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Mary C
    Northampton, Massachusetts5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best Day of our vacation!
    Spent a wonderful day at Orient Beach~we chose our lounge chairs and umbrella at Orange Freeze and cannot say enough about how impressed we were with the service, drinks and food. We had one of their many specials, a chicken salad inside a pineapple which was light and delicious. It was all a 10! Great wiFi, bathrooms and shower all for $5 per person (as compared $15 p.p.elsewhere.) The staff was very pleasant~attentive but not pushy. It goes without saying that Orient Beach is perhaps the nicest beach on the island. Find the Orange Freeze beach establishment and enjoy!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • M T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Time
    It's a great beach! Nice sand, few rocks, not crowded (by northeast US standards). Good for long walks, swims or water sports. Also plenty of bars and places to get a beach umbrella and lounge chair. Also a good selection of good restaurants in Orient Village or not far from Grand Case restaurants ts.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • BoiseBill
    Boise, Idaho32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Beach
    Great Beach, shallow a long ways out so lots of water to enjoy. Big and long beach to walk on. Lots of services available right on the beach. My favorite bar/restaurant is Pirates Hide Out. Try the drink "Fire in the Hole" and the Coconut Curry food.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 February 2024
  • Kiana L
    Atlanta, Georgia473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach
    We visited this beach as part of a tour on Norwegian cruise line. It was called Beach Rendezvous. This beach is stunning! Beautiful white sand and blue water. Plenty of restaurants and bars that even offer beach service. Not too crowded. Perfect beach day location if you are visiting St. Martin!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2024
  • Olivera B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to for comfort
    St. Maarten Orient Beach is the prettiest one on the island and a go to if you like the comfort and the beach bar service. Wide shore, white soft sand and shallow waters make it unforgettable. Moho/Mullet bay is nice, Philipsburg is cheaper, but the service at Orient Beach is incomparable. We lounged by the Wai Beach bar (two chairs and an umbrella $30), tasty food, great drinks, even better view, equals a perfect vacation. And if you are lucky to run into Merlya, make sure to try her massage, it’s worth every penny.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
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MDGPLNR
New York City, NY66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Orient Bay Beach is quite large and there are vendors that offer all kinds of water activities. Suggest you get there early, as parking gets filled. We paid $ 20 for two beach chairs & umbrella at the first location, closest to parking (I think it is named “Moi,” but don’t recall. The $ 20 also provides access to bathrooms - very clean & to showers. We had a great lunch and our server, from Dijon, France, was delightful. They may be a little more expensive than other spots on the strip, but definitely worth it.
Written 7 March 2020
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Eva A
Italy27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The first time I came to this Beach was 1986 coming every year since then.
We were here after Hurricane Irma we can’t say enough about the people who call St.Martin home even after the Hurricane people still smile and say thanks God we are still alive.
People worked hard and still doing so in building Orient Beach back up that we can enjoy this beautiful Beach SMX Strong
All the Hotels ,Restaurants and businesses are doing there best to make a tourists happy.
Written 18 January 2020
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2BeAlive
Ocean City, MD238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We spent the day with chairs and umbrellas for $25 at Wai Plage, an elegant restaurant (and hotel which wasn't visible from the shore). The sand was soft, the beach wide and the water clear with some waves. One day it was windier so more chop in the water. Plenty of water sports to watch or partake. The menu was excellent, we had salad with smoked marlin one day, grilled fish sandwich, slow cooked pork. Our beach guy JR was a gentleman, helpful and cheerful. We weren't crowded on the beach, really enjoyed the calm and adult setting. We didn't explore the whole beach so didn't see the several other options mentioned on Trip Advisor. Went back a second day and will again.
Written 29 August 2021
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Anna G
Austin, TX272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
If you’re looking for activities, comfort, food and beauty this is the beach. It literally has it all. If you want something more remote there are definitely other beaches but we keep coming back here. It can get pricey but the water is calm and perfect for young kids and the beach clubs and recreation stands provide fun for the adults.
Written 2 February 2020
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Richard M
Ottawa, Canada98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Orient Bay beach is still one of the best on the island. About 2 km long, it is great for walking. Many beach bars have been or are being rebuilt, and there is a lot of beach activity near the hotels in the middle, but there is still much hurricane damage visible. On windy days the waves can be quite big and there is a lot of kite surfing going on. The water gets deep relatively quickly and the sand is white and soft.

On the North end, there is more seaweed and some green growing from the land side, so the beach is narrower, but quieter. At the South side, it is still clothing optional oriented, but it is sad to see the ruins of the famous Club Orient.
Written 28 January 2020
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JoMoKe
Hamilton, Canada182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Spent a day at this beautiful beach in St Martin; on the French side of island. Beach is gorgeous with beautiful surf and sand. Plenty of good restaurants with beach front amenities. We spent the day swimming, walking and relaxing. It was a bit windy which made the temperature comfortable and the waves were great fun for swimming and water sports. There were a few vendors offering typical wares. Observed some tourists enjoying beachfront massages. A short walk up the beach we discovered a nude beach where folks of all ages were sunning themselves.
Transportation is easy to find to and from cruise port. We found this beautiful beach to be less crowded than other beaches we visited in the Carribbean. Highly recommend!
Written 18 January 2020
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Jasmine C
Edison, NJ25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is my favorite beach out of all the beach here in st. Martin/ st. Maarten. What I liked about it was the giant parking lot that stretched from Bikini beach to Perch Bar. Bikini beach is where you can find the water sports. Down by Perch Bar is where you can live your life in complete nudity. I was reluctant at first, but it was a freeing experience. You can rent chairs for $20 (couple) and enjoy happy hour at Perch bar 1:30-2:30. The margarita was amazing! You get a lot of privacy here despite all the eyes watching. It was mostly older men and women. Couple of people walking by the shoreline, but I didn’t care. Swimming in the ocean, au naturale was a cherry on the top and great way to even the tan. The warm water was magnificent. I tried Kontiki Beach Restaurant, the chicken wrap had my boyfriend raving for the days. Unfortunately the second time around the kitchen closed at 4 p.m. I recommend this beach 1000%.
Written 21 August 2021
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phillip F
Mesa, AZ63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Beautiful beach day. Lots of places to get beach chairs and umbrellas for the beach. Lot of cafes and bars for lunch on the beach. This is an Atlantic Ocean side beach. Bigger surf and waves than the Caribbean side. Shore is covered with seaweed from the ocean, and beach front facilities rake it frequently, but you expect it, not a problem. The day we were there it was extremely windy and the surf was up very high, so very few people were getting into the surf for bathing. The windsurfing was active and I watched the surfers enjoy the wild ride they had. Get there by car on French side. Not easy to find entrances without phone map app.
Written 20 December 2021
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TimJ93
Omaha, NE11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
From Philipsburg, We took a day trip to visit Orient Bay Beach. a $25 cab ride got us there in about 30 minutes. (arrange to have the cab pick you up at a designated time as there are no waiting cabs at a cab stand there) It is tucked away off the beaten path and very secluded. There is a nude portion that is segregated down the beach but we chose to not venture there. The water is warm, wonderful and has a sugar sand beach that has no sharp rocks or shells. You can walk out for 40 yards or so before you cease to touch. No need for water shoes. I want to give a special shout-out to the beach bar, Chez Leandra. we rented a beach umbrella there with 2 chairs for $20 (as you can do with several bars along the beach) The owner is Z, but we dealt with John and Natalie, fantastic hosts! The facility is well groomed and the inside is clean and neat. We ate a lunch of Garlic Conch and it was to die for! Fresh, savory and a little spicy it was everything I was looking for in a unique island experience. Natalie made for me her special (which should be world famous by the way) Bourbon sour. She made it by adding several ingredients and floated a half shot of bourbon on top. Trust me when I say a bourbon sour is my "go to" and I have never had one this good! Truly a 5-star experience.
Written 1 November 2023
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CountryGal5759
Jackson, OH508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This beach is famous for the nude beach side. We went to the family side-bathing suits were required. We drove through the nude beach on our way....Beach chair and umbrella rental was only $5-a real bargain. lots of water sports as well. Not as crowded as close to the cruise port beaches. Small cab fare and a fun day in the in while in port. Tell your cab driver what timed to pick you up and they are there waiting for you.
Written 16 February 2020
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