"Boardroom". http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/guana.html Don’t miss the Beach Sensation tour. The tour was 6 hours. It was a bus ride through the Dutch side and a brief stop in Marigot, and then onto lunch at a beach. The stop in Marigot was less than an hour and it did give a bit of the flavor the town but you couldn't do much in the time allotted. The beach stop was outstanding. The lunch was the best of the trip and the beach (I think it was Guana Bay) was extremely nice. I would highly recommend this tour. The driver and tour guide (Noel) was also excellent. Dutch: Dawn Beach is famous for its sunrises, is great for snorkelers and a short taxi ride from the pier. For $10-15 you get a chair and a drink (rum punch or straight punch, for example) The rentals are right there behind the chairs. There's a restaurant right there too. We went to Dawn Beach because we like to snorkel. The cab ride was $10 for both of us. The beach is on the Atlantic side, so if it is blowing hard, don't go there. It was calm and we enjoyed the coral reefs that almost come out of the water and bring the fish close. You can rent two chairs with cushions, an umbrella, and two free drinks for $15. If it was blowing, we were going to Little Bay Beach. There are rocks that go out to a point that they say is great to snorkel around and chairs, etc. can be rented there. Eat at Busby’s for ribs or fresh local lobster. http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/dawn.html Dutch: Divi Little Bay was a $4 cab ride, about 10 minutes from the pier. This is part of a private resort but allows the public to use the beach. It is generally a quiet and relaxing less-crowded beach.. Absolutely beautiful beach, didn't see any "clothing optional," gorgeous surroundings with every kind of watersport you would want (parasailing, jet ski, banana boat, kayak, etc.) but very peaceful. Full restaurant on property, bar, umbrellas and chairs to rent. We rented jet skis for $45 for 30 minutes and they let you go completely alone for the entire time.Water taxi doesn't go to Divi. http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/littlebay.html Other Dutch beaches: http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/greatbay.html (faces Front St for over a mile; great for shoppers and cruisers http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/blanche.html (a prison and nice views but no beaches or swimming) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/pelican.html (snorkeling on Simpson Bay) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/kimsha.html (excursions & dive boats leave from here, watersports) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/burgeaux.html (deserted beach among villas, ½ mile from Maho) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/simpson.html (1 mile deserted stretch next to charming fishing village; some watersports) For snorkelers, the entire French side is best.
French: St Maarten’s Orient Beach is very near a nude beach. Almost every variety of water sports including parasailing and wave runners is offered somewhere on the two-mile long beach here. It's about a 30-40 minute cab from the port to Orient Beach. http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/orient.html French: Orient Bay or Orient Beach (in French "Baie Orientale") sweeps around a blue cove, facing east, as the name suggests. The 2 mile long, white powdered sand beach is protected from the Atlantic waves by a reef and the bottom has a very gradual slope. Orient Beach is a truly majestic setting with the mountains rising up all around; not to mention the beautiful tiny islands of Green Key, Tintamarre and Pinel Island just off shore The area has been recognized as a marine reserve, so snorkeling in the marine park is just incredible. There is also great snorkeling off nearby Caye Verte (Green Key), one of the small beautiful islands dotting the coast, such as Tintamarre and Pinel Island (Ilet Pinel) do. Orient Bay is the most developed, the most popular and the busiest beach on the island, probably the most famous beach in the entire Caribbean. The beach is reputed as much for its natural beauty and setting as it is for being the island´s foremost swimsuit optional or nude beach. Orient Bay is loaded with watersports facilities including parasailing, waterskiing and snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment is also available at several places on the beach, just as many other amenities. Lined with tiki huts, colorful beach chairs and restaurants, the sands of Orient are always full of action! Many compare Orient Bay to the French Riviera, the "Saint Tropez of St Martin" with its pampering services and ambiance. The Bay actually consists of five main beaches, called the "5 stars of Orient Bay" :