Everyone seems to go to Orient Bay, is it the best beach near the ship? Any other suggestions. I don't want to do the one where the planes fly over, forgot it's name. Looking for options and about what a taxi should cost? Also are there beach chair rentals, food and bathrooms?
Carnival Mardi Gras 1987 (Bahamas)
Carnival Legend 2005 (Exotic Western Caribbean)
Costa Mediterrenia 2005 (Eastern Caribbean)
Carnival Pride October 2006 (Mexican Rivera)
Carnival Legend 2007 (Western Caribbean)
Carnival Glory 2009 Western Caribbean
Carnival Liberty 2011 Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Spirit 2011 Western Caribbean
Carnival Miracle 2012 Southern Caribbean
Carnival Breeze 2013 Exotic Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Valor 2014 Southern Caribbean
Not sure if it is the best beach but Grand Bay seems pretty decent and it is right there in Phillipsburg, a short taxi ride or a long walk.
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I enjoyed Orient beach, although I wouldn't call it near the port...It is about a 20 minute ride and if I remember correctly, they charged a flat rate per cab ride, so you could share a cab and save some dollars...There are plenty of beach chairs, restaurants, bathrooms, etc. They also have cabs waiting there for the return trip.
We have tried several of the cruise line excursions in St. Maarten, including Orient Beach, and a few others whose names escape me. However, the ones offered that include a free drink on arrival, and a buffet BBQ lunch included are our favourites. the beaches are nice, there are washroom facilities, shopping on the boardwalk, and of course, a bar.