My husband are planning to visit Orient or Dawn Beach in November. Which is the best? Are their food, drink and restroom facilities available at both beaches? Do you have to rent chairs at these locations? If so, what is the approximate cost? Also, what is the approximate cost of a taxi to and from? Thanks!
I have stayed in St. Maarten numerous times for about 11 days each. I love orient beach. It is quite beautiful. There are numerous activities to do there, many restaurants on the beach, para sailing, ocean trampoline, etc. Yes, there are nudist at one end but some of them do walk up and down the beach. It is hard to decide when you haven't been there, I know. I have not gone to Dawn Beach, however, have friends that are going to be in sxm when we are on our cruise. They are going to check out Dawn beach for us as a possible place to take my 17 year old daughter. My daughter is not into topless or nudist, and I don't want to subject her to that on orient. I am not certain, but I think Dawn Beach may be rocky. I also would be suprised if they have all the restaurants, facilities that orient has. Be sure and let me know when you get back if you like Dawn Beach. St. Maarten is AWESOME!
Thanks for that link Will. Those are 2 good pictures of Dawn Beach. We too have stayed at St. Martin, actually right on Dawn Beach before it was recked years ago by a hurricane. Although the resort was totalled, the beach actually was revived. It became bigger and opened up more shore front. There was only one beach bar with facilities that I saw about a year ago. They rented lounges and umbrella's for about $5 each. A van taxi was about $15RT for 2 people. It is a beautiful beach with surf. No rocks to speak of at all. Oyster Bay is the closest resort I believe at this time, but condo's were being constructed. That could take years! If one is mature and open minded and I had to choose for only one beach stop, I would pick Orient Bay. It is vast, white sand with numerous beach clubs, cabana's to rent, facilities (although I don't know how clean they are) and refreshments are available and the most beautiful azure blue sea and landscape. We did the ship's tour which included the lunch, cabana and a drink.