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#1
Georgia
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Hello - heading to St. Martin next month and wondering if anyone can elaborate on the condition or feasibility of going to Orient Bay Beach? That's been my dream to go there.

I'm assuming we can get there with a taxi (family of five) and that the beach itself is fine. Are there any restaurants or shops open along the beach?

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Orient beach is ready for you. Taxis are easily available inside the port. 8 dollars pp if you are eight ppl or more. You can share with others who are going to same place. Perhaps assure they will come back to pick you up as it may not be busy enough there for taxis just to wait for people.

As of today There are at least two temporary bars selling food, booze , drinks , chairs and umbrellas.


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Thank you!
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#4
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I really think that it depends what you are looking for and expecting.

From what I understand it is very, very basic at the moment.
#5
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Getting mixed signals between this board and Trip Advisor. While I understand it isn't what it once was, is it a decent beach to go to? Most interested in getting chairs and umbrellas and maybe a snack and/or drinks.
#6
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Originally posted by NJCruisers
Getting mixed signals between this board and Trip Advisor. While I understand it isn't what it once was, is it a decent beach to go to? Most interested in getting chairs and umbrellas and maybe a snack and/or drinks.


Yes about 200 lounge chairs available , most in the clothing optional area. Umbrellas , about 100 most on the clothing optional area,
Yes full hot menu and even mixed frozen drinks

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#7
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Looks like the Daily Herald might be the best way to keep tabs on updates? Are there other good sources you'd suggest?
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#9
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I was really hoping to visit Orange Fever - have been following them on fb for over a year - they haven't posted there in awhile (although they HAVE been posting since Irma).
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#10
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Originally posted by Karysa
Is the debris of the broken beach bars disposed of? I heard that it will take about 3 more weeks.

Judging from several facebook groups and their updates, its still a work in progress, but looking better everyday.
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#11
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Originally posted by LtDang
Yes about 200 lounge chairs available , most in the clothing optional area. Umbrellas , about 100 most on the clothing optional area,
Yes full hot menu and even mixed frozen drinks

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...to-be-re-built

Did you use a taxi to get there? As of last week many taxis in the port area were discouraging people from going to the French side. I've read many reports from Club Orient, and want to go to that beach again. Fortunately I have 100 days left, so things should improve. In my previous visits, it was easy to find someone to call you a cab back to the ship. I hope that is the case again.
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#12
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Originally posted by BillOh
Did you use a taxi to get there? As of last week many taxis in the port area were discouraging people from going to the French side. I've read many reports from Club Orient, and want to go to that beach again. Fortunately I have 100 days left, so things should improve. In my previous visits, it was easy to find someone to call you a cab back to the ship. I hope that is the case again.


I’ve got a taxi booked to go there next week with 10 other people. I know of cruise ship passengers who have gone recently. There are plenty of tourists on the island who go daily. Orient beach (sand and water) is still beautiful and at least two places are renting chairs , umbrellas , food and drink and toilets available. Looking inland you will still see destruction as of this date. So don’t go if that matters.

Tell the taxi driver to screw off if they discourage you! :-)
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#13
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My husband and I were just to Orient beach on Jan. 12th. As was said above the sand and the water are the same as always. It is still a beautiful beach. Club Orient and one other bar have chairs, umbrellas and refreshments available.
We asked at the taxi stand about going to Orient and were told there was minimal amenities, but there was no problem taking us there, and arranging for a pickup later.
They need tourists to visit there to help get them back on their feet. We had a beautiful day there and would go again in a heartbeat.
#14
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Thank you for this information! Do you recall approx. how much the taxi was? Also, how did you arrange back?

Originally posted by maxteriffic
My husband and I were just to Orient beach on Jan. 12th. As was said above the sand and the water are the same as always. It is still a beautiful beach. Club Orient and one other bar have chairs, umbrellas and refreshments available.
We asked at the taxi stand about going to Orient and were told there was minimal amenities, but there was no problem taking us there, and arranging for a pickup later.
They need tourists to visit there to help get them back on their feet. We had a beautiful day there and would go again in a heartbeat.
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Originally posted by LtDang
Yes about 200 lounge chairs available , most in the clothing optional area. Umbrellas , about 100 most on the clothing optional area,
Yes full hot menu and even mixed frozen drinks

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...to-be-re-built

I've been reading about some feuding over this as Club Orient, which was obviously on the clothing optional side has put out chairs to attract cruise ship visitors and since the old class sign is down, some people are getting offended by nudity and there have been problems. I won't be there till May, hope it continues to get better.
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#16
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Originally posted by LtDang
I’ve got a taxi booked to go there next week with 10 other people. I know of cruise ship passengers who have gone recently. There are plenty of tourists on the island who go daily. Orient beach (sand and water) is still beautiful and at least two places are renting chairs , umbrellas , food and drink and toilets available. Looking inland you will still see destruction as of this date. So don’t go if that matters.

Tell the taxi driver to screw off if they discourage you! :-)

Thanks for your input.
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Originally posted by maxteriffic
My husband and I were just to Orient beach on Jan. 12th. As was said above the sand and the water are the same as always. It is still a beautiful beach. Club Orient and one other bar have chairs, umbrellas and refreshments available.
We asked at the taxi stand about going to Orient and were told there was minimal amenities, but there was no problem taking us there, and arranging for a pickup later.
They need tourists to visit there to help get them back on their feet. We had a beautiful day there and would go again in a heartbeat.

Thank you for posting this update.
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Originally posted by BillOh
I've been reading about some feuding over this as Club Orient, which was obviously on the clothing optional side has put out chairs to attract cruise ship visitors and since the old class sign is down, some people are getting offended by nudity and there have been problems. I won't be there till May, hope it continues to get better.


How unfortunate. Hopefully the signage gets put back up soon. That’s a quick and easy thing to do. I’m hoping to go in August, and would prefer not to be in a contentious situation where people on the beach are upset with each other over a misunderstanding of the clothing optional side of the beach.


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Thank you!

Originally posted by maxteriffic
The taxi was about 16.00 for both of us, and we just asked the taxi driver to come back for us at prearranged time. He was very prompt.
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