St. Maarten/St. Martin Journals

Nude Beach in St. Martin

A travel journal to St. Maarten/St. Martin by maitre2pitza

Club Orient Resort Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: St. Martin, an island with the most beautiful beaches in the world by day, and the most fantastic restuarants by night. Check out this journal for a review of lots of restaurants. If you just want to plan a week see "More Nude Beach in St. Martin"

Nude Beach in St. Martin

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Overview

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Orient Beach. This is an action-packed 2 mile long strip of sand with every imaginable beach activity and with a style that matches St. Tropez before over development. While on most of the beach you'll find a mix of bathing suits and G-strings, at the south end, clothing is optional. This applies to both the beach and the restaurant. Don't confuse this with a gathering of swingers. These are people who have simply shed their inhibitions and are draining all their stress straight into the sand. If you don't partake, don't gawk! Don't be surpised to find your grandparents friends here. The effects of gravity are on display everywhere!!!Quick Tips: The island is technically divided with a French...Read More

L'Hoste

Hotel

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This is a small, inexpensive hotel right on Orient Beach. The rooms are large and have a mini kitchen. The upper rooms have a view of the ocean.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

L'Hoste

Oriental Bay, St. Martin 97071
+590 590 87 42 08

Silverleaf Holly Lake, RCI # 0712

Hotel | "Esmeralda"

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Each building has its own pool and is set up to be a 3 bedroom villa. The central portion of the building is the living room, dining area, kitchen, bath and large bedroom with a king size poster bed.(My wife wanted to buy the mattress --it was the most comfortable we ever experienced). On either side of the central core is a bedroom with bath and efficiency kitchen. You can rent just the center, just a side or any combination. The pools are not private like Green Cay Village, but the units are a short walk to the beach. Your beach chair and umbrella are included.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Silverleaf Holly Lake, RCI # 0712
Route 1, Box 977
Big Sandy, Texas
(903) 769-2138

Club Orient Resort

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Hotel | "Club Orient"

Club Orient Resort Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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This is a hotel made up of chalets with either front directly on the beach or near the beach, and smaller units called suites. The chalets have a kitchen, living room, bath and one bedroom, the suites or efficiency units have only a bedroom/cooking area and bath. Being on the beach makes it easy if you need something while sunbathing. You simply pop into your unit. The units are air conditioned but have no TV or phone. Clothing is optional throughout the resort. The best unit is number 50. Second choice would be 51- 54 or 46-49.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Club Orient Resort
1 Baie Orientale
St-Martin, Caribbean 97150
+590 590 87 33 85

Fairfield Orlando at Star Island

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Hotel | "Green Cay Villas"

Fairfield Orlando at Star Island Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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This is a hotel made up of 16 villas. There are one, two and three bedroom units.(For less than 3 bedrooms, they simply lock out the ones not used) We rent a fantastic three bedroom, four bath villa. Each bedroom has its own bath. There is a large living room, full kitchen (stocked for your first day's needs) two dining areas, a totally private pool and deck. The homes can be rented as 1, 2, or 3 bedroom units. Some units (#18) also have outside jacuzzi tubs. We like either unit 18 or 20 because they have the best view. (they rent at a 10% premium) The beach spreads out below you. Off in the distance to the North is the island of Anguilla while to the South you see St. Barts. The homes have ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Fairfield Orlando at Star Island
5085 Avenue of the Stars
Orlando, Florida 34746
(407) 997-8000

L'Alabama

Restaurant | "L'Alabama now called La Villa"

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L'Alabama has been gone since about 2009. In it place is La Villa. Hosts Florence and Christophe will wow you with atmosphere....presentation... and great food. Euro conversion rate of 1 to 1 for cash. (2012)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Il Nettuno

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Restaurant

Il Netuno Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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We eat in this restuarant every time we go to St. Martin (3-4 times a year). Call the owner, Raymon, and reserve a table at the window. One whole side of the place faces the beach and is open to the sights and sounds of the water below, the lights of Anguilla in the distance and yachts coming and going. Ramon is an incurable romantic who will make a fuss over you. The seafood pasta is fantanstic and for dessert try the Chocolate Nettuno. Tell Ramon you were sent by a Philadelphia lawyer named James. The atmosphere is both festive and romantic. The music varies from Sinatra to the Three Tenors, with the tenors or Andrea Boccelli prevailing. Imagine sitting at your table looking out over the sea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Le Bistro Nu

Restaurant

Le Bistro Nu Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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This is a special secret spot. It's hard to find but worth the search. It is in an alley off Rue de Holland across from the stadium in Marigot. It is behind the CRAYON store. Jean Claude is the main waiter/greater. He is always excited to see you, even if he has no idea who you are. The food is always fresh and exciting. It is also very inexpensive. The atmosphere is very unusual in that there is no view of anything but the little alley outside the windows. There are about ten tables crammed into a tiny space. The menu is on a blackboard which Jean Claude moves from place to place. There are alot of locals here mixed with a few tourists. We always meet interesting people. This is one place...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Sebastiano

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Restaurant

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This is a beach front restaurant with a mix of Italian and Caribbean food. Reserve a table near the windows (which are always open). If you are there in Jan or Feb and seated near the window, bring a sweater. The food is great and the ambiance above average.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Papagayo

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Restaurant

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The food is great but it seems strange on your first visit because about half of the people are nude sitting on their towels. It gets better on Tues and Sat when they have a band. I'll leave that to your imagination. Every one of my friends that has been to St. Martin assured me that they would never have dinner here. Most went anyway, and all say it has given them something to talk about for the rest of their lives!!! You get there by driving straight into the Club Orient resort. Waive to the guard and he will lift the gate. Note the sign as you enter the bar area 'No shoes, no shirt, no pants, no problem.' Besides the obvious, the atmosphere is that of a nice beach side restaurant, with bel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

La Vie en Rose

Restaurant

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At the corner of Rue de la Republique and the Marina, this restaurant features tables on a balcony overlooking the street below. The food was above average and the atmosphere was very romantic. Each woman was given a long stem red rose.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Cheri's Cafe

Restaurant

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Near several casinos and not far from the airport, this is the one restaurants every Saint Maarten tourist remembers. Unfortunately it's nothing more than a glitzy hamburger joint under a white tent with music provided by a local band for dancing. The food is horrible compared to your other choices on the island. After you've thrown away your money in the casino, come here for a late night drink and a little dancing.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Cheri's Cafe
45 Rhine Rd.
Maho Beach, St. Maarten
599-53-361

Bistrot Caraibes

Restaurant

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One of the many restaurants located on Blvd de Grand Case. What this restaurant lacks in view of the water, it makes up for in cusine and atmosphere. We have been there 6 or 7 times, and we have always had a great table surrounded by people speaking French or Spanish. It really makes you feel like you are on vacation! The menu varies daily. I really enjoy the Filet of Grouper.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2000

L'Arhawak

Restaurant

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Located next to Bar de la Mer, this restaurant is similiar in that it has a street front bar-b-que. It also has a bar on the street. Bar de la Mer's is indoors. The food is better at Bar de la Mer. Try anything from the bar-b-que.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 26, 2000

Jean DuPont

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Restaurant

Jean DuPont Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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This is one of several restaurants that front directly on the Marina Royal, and is the most formal in that area. Your view is of yachts in the marina and many interesting people out for a stroll. The food is very French (smaller portions but extremely well prepared and presented). On our last visit people on either side of us were sharing their wine freely and engaging in interesting conversations. The couple to our right spoke only Portugese, Spanish and French. To our left they only spoke Italian and French, and behind us was a couple who only spoke English with an accent from somewhere in Louisiana that was harder to understand that the Portugese. We all managed to have a wonderful time on onl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

La Samanna

Restaurant

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We've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world. This was not one of them. We had the distinct feeling that we were somehow 'not worthy' to be eating on the first class deck because our ancestors had come over to America in the 1920's on the 3rd class deck. The restaurant is part of one of the finest hotels in St. Martin. It is just onto the French side at Cupecoy Beach. The food was good but not as good as that found in many of the Grand Case restaurants. (Grand Case is a village with 10-20 world class restaurants.)

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

Pedro's

Restaurant

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This is right on the beach. It happens to be at the point that the taxis drop off the cruise ship tourists that have come to gawk at the nude beach. The food is relatively good. Chicken, ribs and burgers and wild drinks such as the Penis Collada. In the afternoon they often have a steel band.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

LoLos in Grand Case

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Restaurant

LoLo Menu Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Along the main street in Grand Case, just north of Il Nettuno you will find several "local restaurants" called LoLos. They serve grilled ribs, chicken and fish as well as Johnnie Cakes and various side dishes made in the homes of the owners. This is a MUST DO for lunch. You have not experienced St. Martin if you have missed this.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

Mario's Bistrot

Restaurant

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This place is sometimes hard to find. You have to take the road out of Marigot that passes through Sandy Ground, Cupecoy etc on the way to Mullet Bay. Just outside Marigot, after the sports fields on the left, you will see a small draw bridge, turn right before the bridge. The restaurant is up against the channel between the bay and the ocean. The is one of the finest restaurants on the island. Try to reserve a table near the open windows facing the channel. They light the water to enable viewing of the fish. We have never had a bad meal here. While it is one of the more expensive restaurant on the island, it's worth it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2000

Da Livio

Restaurant

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This is one of the few restaurants from the Dutch side that I will review. The atmosphere attempts to imitate the waterfront restaurants in Grand Case, except that the beach extends several hundred yards or more from the restuarant. (In Grand Case you can hear, smell and see the water). The food was very good but nothing memorable. I had Salmon, which was well prepared but was not as good as my wife's receipe. What really stands out is that we couldn't get the waiter to leave us alone. He wanted to tell us all about his children. What was particularly annoying was the included service charge. Fifteen (15%) percent was automatically added to the bill. He wanted us to believe that that was money...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 29, 2000

Le Pirote (Pirate)

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Restaurant

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This place doesn't advertise and it has no real sign. It is it the court yard of the home of Marcel, who used to have a tourist pirate ship until a hurricane took it away. The restaurant is made up of the junk rescued from the trashed ship. It's sort of like Swiss Family Robinson without all the Disney glizt and polish. The restaurant is under a tent made from the old sails. When it rains they are close to useless. This place is next to the gendermarie on the side street into Grand Case. When you knock on the door, they yell 'go away.' Sometimes you have to be persistent to get in. The food is Caribean casual but not anything to write home about. It's the atmosphere that is hard to dupl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Orient Beach

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Attraction

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We like to park ourself on the beach at the south end (at Club Orient) and just veg with a book. Our kids like the middle of the beach with its volleyball, sailing and jet skis. The beach is lined with beach bars and places to eat. Pedros usually has an afternoon steel drum band one or two afternoons a week. For something totally outrageous, on Wednesdays at 6 pm there is a free wine and cheese party at the Papagayo Restaurant at the south end of the beach. You can dress or wear nothing (bring a towel to sit on). The restaurant is actually a great bargain and they have a band on Tues and Sat night. For an American style breakfast join Andy at the Surf Club South on the beach just above Club Ori...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Butterfly Farm Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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This is a large screened in jungle filled with multi-colored butterflies. A guided tour is included with the admission price. Most of the people we saw there had been there 3 or 4 times that week!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

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Anguilla is the former British island seen in the distance while dining in most of the Grand Case restaurants. You get there by ferry from the port in Marigot (see photo of the area under Ft. Louis). It takes about 45 minutes to get there and the ferry departs every hour or so. When you arrive, you are not near a town (actually the only town, called The Valley, is more like a crossroads). You'll need to get a taxi for the day or rent a car. We rent from one of the men hanging around the port. It's $10 for a drivers license and about $25 for the car. DRIVE ON THE LEFT!!!! I always find myself driving away in the wrong lane headed straight for someone who I assume is in the wrong lane. Because A...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Fort Louis

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Attraction

Fort Louis Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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High above the harbor and town of the French capital, Marigot, sits the remains of historic Fort St. Louis. It's a short walk from the shops and restaurants and the view is worth the effort. In the photo you see a view from the top looking down on the restaurants, including Bar de la Mer (see review), Arawack, and La Vie en Rose

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 26, 2000

Wave Runners

Attraction

Near Pedro's Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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My kids brought their swim goggles for the pool at our rental villa at Green Cay Village. They were far more useful on the wave runners. You can drive them in the relatively calm waters between the beach and Green Cay (a small island), or you can run up to the north end of the beach for some small waves. Better yet go out intothe ocean between Green Cay and Pinel Island for some very large swells. Because of the amount of salt water pounding your face, the goggles take away the only negative of the experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2000

Snorkeling

Attraction

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Most of the water sports operators will rent you masks, fins and snorkels, as well as take you to Green Cay. From the small beach on the island, while looking back towards Orient Beach, wade into the water and slowly start to go around the island to your right. After several hundred yards, you will be in an area of coral and beautiful fish. Don't get into the shallow water too far. You risk damaging the coral and injuring yourself. This snorkling is not as good as the Florida Keys but it is nice. Keep an eye and ear out for wave runners that get too close to shore.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2000

Parasailing

Attraction

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Try this in the afternoon when the wind is strong. You go out in a boat with a platform at the rear. After you are connected to the parachute, they reel you out into the air. You rise to about 100 feet above the water. The view is spectacular. They try to scare you by dipping your feet in the water

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Plane Spotting from the beach

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Attraction

Susset Beach Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Between the end of the runway and the water is a short stretch of beach and a two lane road. You can literraly stand in the road against the fench and watch the 747s come in. Air France arrives at about 2:15 daily. Because the runway is relatively short, they land at the very end of the paving. From time to time they catch the fence with their wheels. After we check in and before ditching the rental car, we drive to the Sunset View Bar at the end of the runway and fight with our kids to stand to the side and not the middle of the runway.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Groceries

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Story/Tip

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We never cook. After all, one of the main reasons we go to St. Martin is because the restaurants are the best we've found in the world. We do like to keep the fridge stocked with drinks and breakfast food. Here's the way we do it. We carry a ten franc coin, because that is what you need to get the cart at the market. (If you don't have one go into the market and ask for a token) We like to shop at the Match super marche in Marigot because it's so un-American. If you want an American grocery, they have plenty near Phillipsburg on the Dutch side. The Match store is on the right as you leave Marigot heading toward Orient Beach. They have a great selection of cheese and breads. Buy at least 6 bo...Read More

Car Rental

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If Hertz is your company's rental company, it's there along with Alamo etc. We like a little island flavor and always rent from Paradise Island Car Rental. We send an e-mail to Amin, the manager at paradise@sintmaarten.net. His collegue Navin gets back to us the next day with a confirmation. Negotiate price. (We usually go to the local Hertz site in the web {www.sxmtravelguide.com/carmodels.htm} so we have an idea as to what is competitive. Print it out and use it to arrive at a "final" price when you get the car) Finally, when you get there, check the spare tire.