Orient Beach is St. Martin's flagship beach and is often referred to as the "French Riviera of the Caribbean". This expansive one mile beach is home to numerous beach bar/restaurants, who offer various menus, from formal French to pizzas, burgers and local fare. No matter what the cuisine, its party time all the way, from one end of the beach to the other. Bikini Beach, Coco Beach, Kakao Beach, Wakiki Beach and Kontiki Beach are the most established beach restaurants with great food, great service and even greater ambiance.
For those who can remember "skinny dippin", this is your chance to try it again! On the southern end of Orient Beach you'll find Club Orient, the most famous Caribbean resort for visitors who prefer to spend their vacation without clothes. Here you're invited to rid yourself of those tell-tale tan lines. You can swim and sunbathe unencumbered in your birthday suit. Remember to wear plenty of sunscreen.
Great frozen drinks, lounge chairs and umbrellas are available everywhere along the beach. Visit also Baywatch with host Cheryl for a superb American Breakfast.
If you visit the island by cruise ship, you will find taxis readily available at the cruise ship pier. Rates for the 20 minute drive to Orient Beach are fixed – confirm with your taxi driver the precise cost for the trip.
Orient Village has been developed around Orient Beach. Even though only a few years old, a whole new village with Creole-style townhouses and an authentic French town square has been turned into a charming and comfortable neighborhood with an unbeatable location. Up on the hillside are various boutique resorts, many based on groups of individual cottages, some even with private pools. A few first-rate restaurants are to be found off the beach and connected to the resorts.
Many of the residences overlooking Baie Oriental are for rent on a weekly basis.