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5 Reasons To Visit Orient Bay Saint Martin

Jun 24, 2022 | 4 comments

St. Martin has two countries; the Dutch side of St. Maarten and the French side of St. Martin. These two countries are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, as well as fascinating cultures with their own unique customs. In this article, we’re going to explore some reasons why you should visit Orient Bay, also known as Baie Orientale, which is situated on the northeastern tip of the French side of St. Martin / Sint Maarten. With your Magic of the Caribbean Card you enjoy Exclusive Caribbean discounts in Orient Bay. Here you will find out where.

Saint Martin Orient Bay
Agnes Etchegoyen Photo

Beautiful architecture

Some of the most beautiful and unique houses on the island are in Orient Bay. Since the building codes on the French Side are strict, no high buildings are allowed. If you plan on visiting, you’ll most likely want to stay in one of the boutique hotels in the area, like Les Galets. If you’re looking to stay at a more private place four bedrooms Villa Eve & one bedroom Apartment Les Salines are your choices. You need more space? Stay at Villa Acropole, which has options to be rented for your vacation with two, three or five bedrooms. Are you looking for something more luxurious, consider the Les Galets. You’ll also find several other great hotels in the area.

Saint Martin Orient Bay Les Galets
Les Galets

A stunning beach

Orient Bay is well known for its beautiful white sand beach. The beach is two kilometers long, making it an ideal spot for those who love to take a walk or swim. Sunrises are just magical at this beach. If you visit during the dry season (November to April), the waves are generally calm and you can go for a swim in the Caribbean Sea. During the rainy season (May to October), you’ll be able to go snorkeling in the shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. Don’t worry too much about rain during the summer, as the water is generally warm and enjoyable to swim in. Since this beach is located at the Atlantic coast of Saint Martin it sometimes gets Sargassum during the summer months, which gets cleaned up by several beach clubs right away.

Saint Martin Orient Bay Kontiki Beach
Kontiki Beach Club

A culinary delight

You love to dine out while on vacation? Grab your Magic of the Caribbean Card and visit the restaurants in Orient Bay. You are looking for an upscale experience right at the beach? Then consider lunch at Coco Beach. If you’re looking for a place to grab a delicious local dish, head over to The Pirate Hideout right at the beach. We highly recommend French restaurant L´Astrolabe for breakfast and dinner. L´Astrolabe is located inside Esmeralda Resort. Make a reservation for Lobster Night on Fridays or Monday Surf & Turf or visit one of the other many restaurants at La Place du Village: We like to dine at SAO Restaurant, where they serve trendy Asian cuisine with an array of dishes like Sushi, Sashimi and many traditional Asian dishes. Both are perfect places to share with friends and to take in the breeze of the Caribbean Sea while dining. You find in Orient Bay a variety of French and international foods within walking distance.

Saint Martin Orient Bay Coco Beach
Coco Beach

A paradise for many activities

If you have time on your hands on vacation, why not visit Orient Bay and discover some different water-sport activities? Or join a Volleyball game or a Yoga Class right at the beach. In the Orient Bay area, you can find a variety of water sports and activities like Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, and more. If you want to try something more adventurous, let your adventurous side come out and book a skydive to land on the beach of Orient Bay in the end. On the far end of the beach you will also find a Nude Beach section, where naturists can swim and sun bath clothing optional.

Saint Martin Orient Bay Nude Beach
Club O

Beautiful Atlantic views

You’ll see that there are many reasons to visit this beautiful place. First and foremost, if you visit, you can choose from several beach clubs and restaurants. The beach, known as Baie Orientale, is also home to several wonderful French Beach Clubs, where you can explore culinary delights as well as many other beautiful beach clubs and resorts. Furthermore, you sit on a sun-kissed beachfront with azure blue water and white-capped waves, which adds to the mood. The views to Pinel Island and the Atlantic Ocean will calm your soul.

Saint Martin Orient Bay L Astrolabe Restaurant
L´ Astrolabe


As we’ve seen, Orient Bay, also known as Baie Orientale in St. Martin, is a beautiful, diverse, and culturally rich area. Once on the island we recommend you should visit the French side of St. Martin and experience the beautiful beaches and friendly cultures. You can also visit the beaches on the Dutch side of St. Martin, which are equally as beautiful, but Orient Bay offers one of THE best Caribbean Beach experiences with gourmet-classic cuisine and Caribbean flavors paired with French savoir-faire. We hope this article has given you some reasons why you should visit.


  1. Darina Oravec

    Love St. Maarten for many reasons. Have been spending our vacations there
    for the last 37 years & never
    tire of it!

    • Angie

      That is why we live here

    • Hgourtlande just

      Beautiful beaches, shops, music, relaxing, etc…
      I was at the orient beach and love it. I bought all my L’Oréal face cream from the supermarket by the beach. Their prices was cheaper than the USA.

  2. Hgourtlande just

    Don’t forget to visit the beautiful st Martin/st Maarten. Make it there and enjoy the beautiful island.


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