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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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/islands/72670-orient-beach-five-stars-restaurants-to-be-re-built

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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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Is the debris of the broken beach bars disposed of? I heard that it will take about 3 more weeks.

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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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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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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/islands/72670-orient-beach-five-stars-restaurants-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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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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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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Thank you for this information! Do you recall approx. how much the taxi was? Also, how did you arrange back?

 

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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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/islands/72670-orient-beach-five-stars-restaurants-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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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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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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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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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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Thank you!

 

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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OK, so total NOOBIE to SXM question - when you DO get in that taxi and ask them to take you to Orient Beach, what kind of a border crossing/checkpoint is involved? Do we need to bring our passports or other ID off the ship? Thanks!

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OK, so total NOOBIE to SXM question - when you DO get in that taxi and ask them to take you to Orient Beach, what kind of a border crossing/checkpoint is involved? Do we need to bring our passports or other ID off the ship? Thanks!

 

The border is completely open, no crossing or checkpoint. The only way you know you crossed is you will drive past a sign marking the border. No passport is needed. As always, bring your ship card and a photo ID like your drivers license.

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I'm also trying to keep an eye on recovery. We plan on visiting in September and it will be our first time there. Do the taxi drivers take USD? And does Orient Beach offer some good spots for snorkeling? We may bring our own equipment.

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I'm also trying to keep an eye on recovery. We plan on visiting in September and it will be our first time there. Do the taxi drivers take USD? And does Orient Beach offer some good spots for snorkeling? We may bring our own equipment.

 

 

Yes to US dollars. Never snorkeled their but heard that for St Maarten off-beach snorkeling it's decent. I have not heard that any rentals are up and running yet but September is a long way away still.

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We are planning on going to Orient Beach on the 27th. It is a little concerning that there are not a bunch of taxis waiting to take you back. You never know what can happen but that is the chances you take. The nude beach does not concern us and I personally think people should do their own research before going down and causing problems for them.

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We are planning on going to Orient Beach on the 27th. It is a little concerning that there are not a bunch of taxis waiting to take you back. You never know what can happen but that is the chances you take. The nude beach does not concern us and I personally think people should do their own research before going down and causing problems for them.

 

I was just at Orient this week and had no issues with a return taxi. The biggest holdup in the Taxi situation is waiting for enough capacity that it will leave.

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Yes to US dollars. Never snorkeled their but heard that for St Maarten off-beach snorkeling it's decent. I have not heard that any rentals are up and running yet but September is a long way away still.

 

 

Agreed, saw photos of a jetski rental going up today. They may not take credit cards yet, but that is speculation on my part.

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We just returned from a stop in St. Maarten. Orient beach still looks like a war zone. It has no power, all the destroyed buildings are still in heaps on the beach, debris everywhere. Not the beautiful beach I remember. The whole island is still a mess and will be for months to come. It was sad to see. The cruise lines need to be more transparent about what you will getting into. I know they need the tourist money, but they really need huge amounts of disaster relief funds.

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We just returned from a stop in St. Maarten. Orient beach still looks like a war zone. It has no power, all the destroyed buildings are still in heaps on the beach, debris everywhere. Not the beautiful beach I remember. The whole island is still a mess and will be for months to come. It was sad to see. The cruise lines need to be more transparent about what you will getting into. I know they need the tourist money, but they really need huge amounts of disaster relief funds.

 

 

 

Did you see beach chairs on the beach there?

 

 

 

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Yes some beach chairs, umbrellas, and make shift shack for beer sales and a shack for massages.

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Agreed, saw photos of a jetski rental going up today. They may not take credit cards yet, but that is speculation on my part.

 

Awesome!! This is the one thing we were hoping for. We figured that like PR we are bringing more cash than usual to the islands. Seems most report sketchy connections so cash may be king on this cruise.

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We just returned from a stop in St. Maarten. Orient beach still looks like a war zone. It has no power, all the destroyed buildings are still in heaps on the beach, debris everywhere. Not the beautiful beach I remember. The whole island is still a mess and will be for months to come. It was sad to see. The cruise lines need to be more transparent about what you will getting into. I know they need the tourist money, but they really need huge amounts of disaster relief funds.

 

Very sad to hear. We have been there a year ago and it was the most beautiful beach on our 14 days cruise....... we are going there in April again.

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Very sad to hear. We have been there a year ago and it was the most beautiful beach on our 14 days cruise....... we are going there in April again.

 

What we were told a couple weeks ago is that the French side of the island will lag behind in recovery efforts because the insurance system will not be paying out anything for 6-8 months after Irma (so probably not starting for a couple months yet).

 

We were also told that there may be some more delay because a lot of folks are too keen on building back up just in time for the upcoming hurricane season to come around.

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