Spend a Day in Orient Day, the St. Tropez of the Caribbean
A beach day in Orient Bay is something you shouldn’t pass up on your visit to St. Martin. Located on the island’s northwest, this beach is one of the largest and most popular. And with a moniker like “St. Tropez of the Caribbean,” you’ll understand why it attracts so many tourists in high season, and sometimes even big names in show business.
Turquoise Waters and White Sand Beaches
Once you’re in the Orient Bay district, roam the streets until you reach the sea. You can access the beach several ways, and big dirt parking lots allow you to leave your car just a stone’s throw from the water. Peppered with colorful lounge chairs, the beach stretches several hundreds of meters. The turquoise water and white sand are staples of the Caribbean, and the verdant hills in the background add to the postcard perfect setting.
Lay on the hot sand or rent a beach lounger for the day. And when the sea is calm, that’s when swimming is at its most pleasant. For lunch, Orient Bay Beach boasts a number of possibilities. You’ll find sophisticated cuisine on the menu of whichever restaurant you choose, particularly in Orient Bay’s renowned establishments, some of which are five stars. Why not start your merry-making with an exotic Caribbean cocktail?
An Active Afternoon at the Beach
After a siesta in the sun, keep the vacation spirit strong with a beach-volleyball or tennis match. Or treat yourself to a jet ski outing, go tubing or parasailing––unless you prefer kitesurfing, windsurfing or sailing a Hobie Cat… For lovers of the sea, Orient Bay Beach is teeming with water sports and thrilling adventures. Near Orient Bay Village square, settle in deeper into vacation mode by exploring the beach and souvenir boutiques, and indulging in an ice cream or fresh tropical fruit juice.
Once the sun goes down, the beach clears little by little just as things liven up a few meters away. French-style terraces line the village square around a bandstand hat regularly hosts an artisan market and live music, inviting you to unwind with an aperitif. Many restaurants offer international cuisine to please all palates, so whether you have a penchant for French, Asian, Italian, or Caribbean, here, the king’s choices are yours. After a surely delicious dinner, top off your evening with a drink surrounded by music, in one of the bars around the square that propose concerts by local artists almost every evening.