Orient beach St. Martin has all the elements that make up an authentic Caribbean Vacation. A home away from home, a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Orient beach never disappoints its visitors with incredible excitement aplenty to be unveiled. Be it relaxing on the soft-sandy beaches, exploring the island or engaging in sailing, diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, you are sure to become a Caribbean Connoisseur.
St Martin is blessed with 36 beaches, each retaining its unique charm. Orient beach St Martin is a magical mix of quiet soulful places and those buzzing with cheerful visitors. Set your mood and explore overwhelming wonders. You are sure to mark this place on your 'visit again' list.
Saint Martin / Sint Maarten
Part of Caribbean Island in the northern West Indies, it boasts of dual heritage, St. Martin and St. Maarten. Shared by two sovereign powers the Dutch and the French, it is Saint Martin to the people of France and Sint Maarten to the Dutch. But for a sign of welcome on each side of both the countries, Orient beach is devoid of an official border that makes for a convenient crossover by walk or a drive. You have 37 square miles that present a unique opportunity to experience 'best of two worlds' distinct culture, tradition, food habits and life-style.
Cruise your way
Direct flights are available both from the US as well as Europe to reach St. Martin. Vacation enthusiasts use cruise ships to visit Orient beach. Opting for cruise travel, you are likely to disembark on the Dutch side (Sint Maarten) at Philipsburg on Great Bay. You get to enjoy the scenic beauty as you take a 20-minute bus or taxi ride to cross the borders to reach the French side where Orient Beach is situated.
The first look at the crescent-shaped wide beach is sure to transform a nature lover into a Caribbean connoisseur. The beach is blessed with long stretches of white sandy beach, unpolluted water, protected from the open Atlantic by Green Cay Island and marine reefs. The beach is famous for golden sunset views and the exclusive stretches of shells may tempt you to indulge in shell collection.
True to Caribbean climate, it is sunny and warm year-around. Daytime temperature is consistently high; balmy trade winds 'Alizes'offer respite from heat. The beach dons an European atmosphere with tikti huts and colorful beach umbrellas that. The island is prone to experience occasional rainstorm or heavy showers that pass as quickly as it sets in.
Activities at Orient beach
The crystal clear water is free from dangerous currents well protected by reef barriers. Orient beach is thus a safe place to engage in snorkeling in an underwater marine reserve, swimming, jet skiing or any kind of water sport. The balmy trade winds make it advantageous for surfing and sailing. Don't miss to organize short boat trips and picnic outings to the nearby-uninhabited islands.
Diving and snorkeling: Recognized as a marine reserve, snorkeling in the crystalline waters is incredible. It allows for clear visibility up to 100 feet and under certain circumstances, up to 150-200 feet. Beginners or the experienced lot, you can benefit from courses offered on snorkeling. Access to rent tanks and equipment is provided by water sports shops around the beach.
St. Maarten 12-metre regatta sailing: No previous sailing experience expected, still you can be part of America's Cup Yacht Racing in the warm blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean.
Windsurfing: Orient beach is most popular for windsurfing activities. For beginners to expert fun boarders, it is an exhilarating experience with ample fun and measured safety. Options are endless and the possibilities include flat-water sailing, sell and chop sailing, speed runs or wave sailing.
Just go fishing: All that you need to do is select fish charter to watch marlin, tuna or dolphin as they swim or play in groups close to you. Plan a trip in May or June and you get to watch big game fishing tournaments.
Boat trips: Boat trips allow tourists to explore hidden beauty of the island. It is an opportunity to feast on the beautiful coastlines of Dutch and French. You can choose to go on full-day or half-day trips exploring the beauty of the Caribbean island.
Unique horse riding: Plenty of bayside stables are available; you may not want the journey to end as the horse takes trail through the Marine Reserve and along the shore of the beach.
Plan your itinerary to experience all these and more at Orient beach St. Martin. You can use the mornings for windsurfing and swimming followed by sumptuous wine-enhanced lunches at any of the seaside restaurants located within touching distance of the water's edge. Don't' miss to taste the lobsters, the seaside specialty.
It can be a laidback afternoon with siestas on the sand, continued by any other favorite sports like jet skiing, parasailing or having fun participating in the local hobby cat race. It is worth shopping on the beach with shops that store everything from beachwear to souvenir boutiques. Complete the day visiting exciting casinos, and gourmet dinners right under starlit skies in open-air cafes listening to live band playing great music.