Orient Bay - a Favorite Destination of St Martin

Located some 150 miles east of Puerto Rico, St Martin is a beautiful tropical island in the northeast Caribbean, recognized as the smallest inhabited island worldwide that is divided between the two nations - the Netherlands and France. Wile the Dutch side of the island is best known for its exciting nightlife, fantastic beaches and attractive casinos, the French side, which includes Orient Bay and St Martin is famous for its nude beaches, clothes and jewelry shopping and exotic drinks among others.

For those visiting St Martin for the first time, the island offers an endless list of opportunities that are difficult to take advantage of during a short stay. A wide selection of water and land activities is available at Orient Bay Beach, regarded as the most popular beach on St Martin. Thus, visitors can try their hand at golf at a fantastic 18-hole championship golf course, surrounded by palm trees and water and offering spectacular sea views.

The crystal clear waters surrounding Orient Bay Beach are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, while a number of water sports shops around the island rent equipment and tanks for certified scuba divers and offer courses for novice divers. Another great opportunity to explore the rich marine life is to sail on catamarans to one of the islands surrounding St Martin, such as St Barths, Anguilla, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Sint Eustatius.

Nestled on the northern edge of St Martin's French side on the Windward Atlantic coast, Orient Bay Beach enjoys great popularity with windsurfers who come here to experience great adventure on board. Other activities available here include chop sailing between Pinel Island and Green Key, flat water sailing, speed runs from Club Orient to Pinel, and wave sailing in the reef at Green Key among others. For equipment rent consider Trade Winds Dive Center, Windsurfing Club Nathalie Simon, Tropical Wave Watersports and Orient Watersports.

Possibly one of the favorite destinations on the Island of St Martin, Orient Bay Beach is home to diverse hotels and resorts offering the best recreation in calm relaxing atmosphere and quite suitable for both family vacationers and singles.

Situated directly on Orient Beach, the recently constructed Cap Caraibes Hotel is a 35-room Mediterranean style hotel with beautifully designed guest rooms to suite a wide range of tastes. Each of the rooms and suites features one King or two full beds, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens, dining table on terrace, satellite TV and direct phone line. Hotel facilities include lounge chairs, freshwater pool, children playground, tennis and volleyball courts, bar restaurant and water sports. Available are deluxe suites with garden views and superior suites with ocean views.

Just a few steps from the crystal clear waters of Orient Beach is the Orient Bay Hotel, where hospitality and attentive service combine to make your St Martin vacation a memorable experience. Composed of 30 villas nestled amidst spectacular gardens, the hotel is ideal for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. Guests can choose from the Mezzanine Villa, accommodating 2 to 3 persons; the Family Villa that is quite suitable for 3 to 4 persons; and Comfort Villa designed to accommodate up to 5 guests. All villas are air conditioned, featuring a spacious living room, a kitchen, a telephone and two terraces.

In addition to Orient Bay Beach, visitors to St Martin can take advantage of 36 beaches the island has to offer, each with its own charming atmosphere. Most of them have waves high enough to attract surfers, while others are calm for small visitors, and some are quite deserted attracting honeymooners and couples alike. Some of the favorite St Martin's beaches include Cupecoy Beach, Maho Beach, Baie Rouge, Longue Bay and more!

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