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Clothing Optional Beaches

by sxmBound

My wife and I are making our first trip to the island. We have never been to a clothing optional beach and would like to find a quite peaceful beach that we can visit. My wife would prefer that the beach is not crowded. I heard there are a few beaches on Sint Maarten that are not easily accessible. Are these beaches safe to visit. Is there a need to worry about traveling the paths to these beaches? What is the best way to access these beaches?

Re: Clothing Optional Beaches

by Odinnthor

Hi there.
Looks like you had some stupid responses, which were quickly deleted by our vigilant staff. I apologize for that on behalf of all the members that know better. Absolutely nothing wrong with the question.

OK, I am pretty familiar with most of the Caribean Islands, however have mostly stumbled onto the clothing oprional beaches, without really looking for them. The Orient Bay, is probably the best known CO beach in St Maarteen, but it is also fronting the well known Club Orient, so not exactly secluded, however it is considered one of the best CO beaches in the Caribbean.

Here is an overview of the beaches there, including Orient Bay.


Here is a thing that kind of gives you the proper ediquette to follow on a CO beach.


On the Dutch side, the Cubecoy beach is a good one. This list should give you a good overview of what is available.


Have fun in St Maarteen, it is a nice island......d:o)

Travel Tips for Sint Maarten

Stray Dogs

by jenn_d

This doesn't fall under a favorite thing or fond memory but it is general information.

The stray population here is overwhelming. Coincidently an article was published in the local paper while I was on the island citing the Antilles of being the third worst in the world in their treatment and care of animals (Greece was 1st, Bulgaria 2nd, China 4th).
There is a local humane society but they are overwhelmed and rely mostly on donations from foreigners.


They Take Florins Don't They?

by starship

The official language of St. Maarten is Dutch though English is widely spoken, and the currency in St. Maarten is the Dutch Florin or Guilder, but everyone prefers the U.S. money. If you pay in U.S. dollars, you will receive change in U.S. dollars. We traded coins with a local woman so that I could have a Dutch Florin as a souvenir because we would not get one otherwise.

The Dutch side of St. Maarten is home to 32,000 residents who enjoy an annual average temperature of 80 degrees (which only feels like 95 degrees) and 45" of annual rainfall.

Banking hours are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm only though some banks are open Saturday mornings.

Tipping here is expected as in many places in the Caribbean where there tourism is firmly established. While hotels add 10 - 15% service charges, the same percentage is expected by taxi drivers and other service personnel.

Hotels are wired as in the U.S. for 110 volts, 60 cycles. The children enjoying the beach and the great shopping!

Take a lot of photos, the...


Take a lot of photos, the scenerey is beautiful. Be sure to keep your finger out of the camera like me, who ruined nearly 50 beautiful cultural and arcitechtural photographs!!! There is a lot to do in Philipsburg. It's wonderful watching the rainbow colored people that populate this hot and sunny tropical isle. In this photograph, you can see Philipsburg's natural entry/departure site. This is where most of the cruise ships dock to let all of the timid voyagers off. Smaller boats, fishing boats, and 'ferries' dock here as well. My brother has lived here for 9 years so all my trips are quite memorable. One very interesting and stunning memories is when you land, you are only a few feet above Maho beach where people are swimming and having fun!!!

Packing for the Warm Weather

by cjg1

A carryon or a suitcase will do depending on how long your trip. Light comfortable clothing such as shorts, tee shirts, sundresses are good to keep you cool. A hat is also a good idea to keep your head and face from getting sunburned. Comfortable shoes for walking and flip flops for the beach. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razor, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrush, tooth paste, bodywash, sunscreen, contacts. Digital camera, memory card reader, video camera bathingsuits, towels, flip flops

Pinel Island

by CatInEurope

Pinel is a little island that you must travel to by boat from the French side. It is always busy and breathtakingly beautiful.

It gets extremely hot - so bring pleantly of sunscreen. You can rent chairs and umbrellas on the island.

There is a restaurant, although i have never eated there. The shops are very cute but very expensive.


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