Although Orient is a beautiful long strand of beach with many beach clubs, cabanas and food & drink options, I too prefer Dawn beach. As mentioned, Orient does get a large amount of the cruise ship passengers. Whereas, Dawn is more "locals" oriented and a few miles closer to the port. Upon return to port, ask the taxi driver to drop you downtown for your shopping pleasure. Oh Mary, my family and I would judge a beach by who was lying next to us, especially with children.