Your ship will dock just outside of Phillipsburg on the Dutch side at a brand new facility.
At the end of the pier you will find a visitors information center and behind it a taxi stand.
Tell the dispatcher where you want to go (and ask him how much the fare should be) and you will be directed to the proper cab. Cabs are usually vans and they may wait for several passengers before leaving. Your ride (depending on traffic getting away from town) is about 20 minutes. Arrange for the same cab to pick you up at a specific time or
take one of the many cabs you will find waiting at the beach.
Have a good time
Bill is correct. The sooner you get off the ship, the more chance others will want to go to Orient Beach. Vans usually fill up pretty quickly. When you come back, they will often let you off in town if you ask, so you don't have to take a water taxi or walk back to shop.
When we were in Orient Beach in March, we booked our excursion thu RC, it included transportation, lunch, beach chair. It was a wonderful excursion. And we had a tour guide on bus to tell us about the island as we traveled to Orient Beach, it was well worth the money.
I was at the beach in st maarten and it was horrible, I wouldnt waste my time going there again. Much more enjoyable time if you rent a car and go into town. The beach is nothing but abunch of seaweed that washes up and way to crowed.
Chad, there are many different beaches on Dutch and French St. Martin: Great Bay, Grand Case, Bae Rouge, Nettles, Cupecoy, Orient and Dawn just to name a few. Seaweed happens even at the nations top rated beaches. It is natural. Don't skip beaches because of your own bad experience. Caribbean Islands have many famous long stretches of white sand including Orient bay which should not be missed.