St. Martin Water Sports & Orient Beach
If you're looking for an active Caribbean vacation, St. Martin is the place to be. The island abounds with exciting water sports opportunities on both the French and Dutch sides, though French beaches tend to attract more sunbathers because of their 'top-optional' nature. Arranging water activities at these beaches is very popular with visitors to St. Martin, and no location offers a better selection than Orient Beach, a sandy strip off the island's north-east coast. Orient Beach is St. Martin's best spot to see and be seen - tourists and French residents alike convene at Orient Beach to take advantage of its liberal bathing attitudes, exciting atmosphere, and great water sports facilities. Here's just a sample of what Orient Beach has to offer:
Snorkeling at Orient Beach: Orient Beach is a great place to jump off on a snorkeling excursion and there are several outfitters in and around Orient Beach to suit you up. Kontiki Watersports, operating at the northern end of Orient Beach, will organize a rental and trip package to one of Orient Beach's underwater nature reserves for about US$25 per person.
Parasailing and Windsurfing at Orient Beach: Warm breezes and plenty of adventurous young beachgoers also makes Orient Beach ideal for windsurfing. The Nathalie Simon Windsurfing Club offers rentals and lessons at Orient Beach for about US$25 per hour. To get a bird's eye view of the action on Orient Beach, book a parasailing ride through Kontiki Watersports. The facility will also organize waterskiing outings at Orient Beach if you prefer staying lower to the ground.
Day Trips at Orient Beach: If you want to keep your feet dry at Orient Beach there are a variety of other activities where getting in the water is not a prerequisite. Arrange a horseback ride around the Orient Beach region through the Bayside Riding Club, or book a sailing excursion to one of the island off of Orient Beach through Kontiki Watersports.
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