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adamken April 24th, 2004 08:38 PM

beaches on St. Maarten
 
We are on the Mariner of the Seas on May 2nd, we are looking for a good beach to go to on St. Maarten? any suggestions?


mateli from quebec City,C April 24th, 2004 08:59 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
Go to the Orient Beach that's the best place. Have a nice cruise

adamken April 24th, 2004 11:17 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
thanks, do they have places to rent chairs, umbrella's, refreshments?


zeno April 25th, 2004 03:06 PM

Re: Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
I would also recommend Orient Beach - long, nice sand, beautiful water. Lots of places rent loungers and umbrellas. Plenty of restaurants (who also rent loungers etc). Most even have outdoor showers for the use of patrons and all have washrooms. Lots to do (waterslides etc).

adamken April 25th, 2004 05:45 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
how do you get to Orient beach? Taxi?


sherri1 April 26th, 2004 09:59 AM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
Orient Beach is fantastic! Great snorkeling too.

PapaBill April 26th, 2004 10:00 AM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
A nice alternative to Orient Beach is Dawn Beach.

LisaK April 26th, 2004 10:11 AM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
FYI - parts of Orient Beach are clothing optional (if that's of a concern to you) Dawn is more family oriented.

Dan P April 26th, 2004 10:22 AM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
There is also a beach right off of the dock there at no charge.

adamken April 26th, 2004 02:12 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
How far is it to Orient Beach? How do you get there from the ship? Cost?


adamken April 27th, 2004 04:23 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
how far is Orient Beach from the Ships? taxi ?


pg. April 28th, 2004 02:35 AM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
There is a regulated taxi stand right by the pier . It is 7 dollars to Orient beach( with at least 4 to a taxi( van) just wait till there are enough to go at that price, happens quick.
Taxi ride is about 15 minutes.Orient beach is on the other side of the island( small island)
As for the clothing optional thing, don't worry we only saw one of two aging saggy men in g strings( ugly!) and one topless girl. No big deal.Don't look if you don't want to, BUT if you continue farther down the beach ( and yes there is a warning sign) you will see more of it. It is quite a walk so you won't " accidently " wander into a nudist colony LOL
Taxi are always there to take you back.
We thought the beach was lovely, and yes shop around for best prices, we got an umbrella and two lounge chairs for 15 bucks but if we had just walked down the beach abit further we could have had that plus a free drink each for 14 dollars. Also we got our first beers for $ 3.50 but our second beers ( I walked down the beach again) for 2 bucks each.
It was the best day, wish we were back there!

adamken April 28th, 2004 04:51 PM

Re: beaches on St. Maarten
 
Thanks for the tips



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