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Make a self catering villa in Orient Bay, St Maarten your home away from home

St Maarten is a tale of two governments – the south side of this lovely Caribbean island is owned by the Netherlands Antilles and the larger northern half is owned by French Guadaloupe. Both sides of the island speak English as their second language and both sides accept the dollar, although goods on the french side tend to be more expensive. The island of St Maarten is easy to drive around and has excellent beaches, restaurants and duty free shopping.

Things to do in Orient Bay, St Maarten

St Maarten is known for its beautiful beaches all around the island, but the best is Orient Bay, close to your self catering villa. There is safe swimming in the exceptionally clear waters and the more remote end, away from the resorts is generally the place for naturists. There are some bars along the beach and plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, making this a beautiful place to spend the day.

Orient Bay is a beautiful beach area with plenty of amenities in the nearby towns. It is a rural area and has a peaceful air. Walk along the white sand beaches at the edge of the Caribbean waves or walk up the nearby hills and enjoy the views across to neighbouring St Barts.

There are many gourmet restaurants close to Orient Bay offering excellent international and French cuisine. You may see 15% dining tax on your bill, but there is no such tax – it is the restaurant’s way of adding a service charge, so don’t pay twice! Be aware that if you ask for water in a restaurant, it will be bottled water and you will be charged, often more than the price of beer or wine!

Shopping in Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, is a delightful experience. The small streets are mainly pedestrianized and run along the edge of the beach. Cruise ships do arrive on some days, filling the town with shoppers seeking duty-free bargains. St Maarten is known for its fine jewelry and there are plenty of shops selling everything from clothing and souvenirs to Rolex watches and designer bags.

Places to visit near Orient Bay, St Maarten Pic du Paradis

This is the highest point on the island at 1400feet (427m) above sea level. The route from Friars Bay Beach does require 4-wheel drive as it is steep and winding, but views from the two viewing areas at the top are quite magnificent.

Butterfly Farm

The butterfly farm is just a few miles south of your Orient villa at Orient Bay. The pleasant drive is well worth it to stroll among the hundreds of beautiful butterflies beneath a tented mesh cage.

Weather in Orient Bay, St Maarten

As with most Caribbean islands, the temperatures throughout the year are a very reliable 29-32°C (84-89F). The islands receive slightly more rain in October and November, but this only amounts to around 2 inches a month and will not spoil your sunny Caribbean vacation on St Maarten.

Flights to Orient Bay, St Maarten

The main airport for flights to and from St Maarten is St Julianna airport on the Dutch side of the island. It is about 20km from your holiday rental in Orient Bay, which is on the French side of the island.

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                                                                                                      French Beach Oasis

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                                                                                                      Beautiful home with a spectacular view of Orient Beach. There is a caretaker, Michele, on the premises but you would never know he was there. He is very helpful with any problems that may occur at the villa and adds an extra measure of security.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      St. Martin Family Vacation

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                                                                                                      The Villa is well laid out and appointed. We were 3 kids and 3 adults and we had lots of space. It is also well decorated and stocked with a good kitchen. Overall, we had a great trip but for the price we have a few complaints. I had read that the mattresses were not great but I assumed the reviewer was just being overly picky. This was not the case- the mattesses are not acceptable. They are VERY uncomfortable and the adults all left with back aches. We also had a few maintenance issues, some of which were resolved during our stay but still a little inconvenient. The first night the air in one of the rooms was not working and we could not reach the emergency number. Thankfully the concierge back in Canada checked her email and contacted the property manager for us and the issue was resolved that night but the air went off in another room later . We figured out how to fix it - but again, an inconvenience. IN addition, during our stay the pool light was broken and the handle to the bathroom kept falling off. OVerall we still had a great vacation but for the price, we should not have had any of these issues.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017