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loislynn
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Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink?
      #1696885 - 05/16/16 04:02 PM (146.209.159.18)

We will be in SXM on Saturday. This trip I would like to spend more time on Orient. We've only ever spent time at Palm Beach - which we loved but wanted to get down into the middle of the action a bit more.

We also did manage to go to Andy and Cheryl's once before they tore all of the old beach shacks down. That year we thought we would spend more time on Orient exploring, however it was the year of the hurricane - we were there in November (after the October storm) and the mounds of sea weed made being on Orient not very pleasant (to put it mildly).

What is your favorite spot? What do you love about it? Do any of the other spots include the chairs if you eat/drink at their establishment (Palm Beach did). That is not a deal breaker - just curious.

Any input is greatly appreciated! I will report back on our experiences!

Thank you!


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GaKaye
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696886 - 05/16/16 04:24 PM (70.199.250.255)

Most places on Orient charge for chairs even if you eat and drink there. I think Palm Beach is the only exception to that, but I could be wrong. The cost is usually around $20 for two chairs and an umbrella. The smaller places used to be a bit less, but with their increased rents that may be a thing of the past.

Our favorite is Kakao, with the dark blue umbrellas. It's centrally located on the beach, which we like for walking purposes. The beach staff is friendly and efficient, there's a beach bar there as well if you prefer to have your drinks there instead of in your beach chair. The restaurant is excellent, and there's also a smaller snack bar type restaurant with a more casual menu. They also have a watersports operation if you're looking for activities.


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NakedAsAJaybird
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696887 - 05/16/16 04:27 PM (192.96.136.138)

We spend our days at Club Orient. The beach and water are free of seaweed, ocean is crystal clear and warm. Since it's a "clothing optional" beach (resort), there is no need to feel shy about keeping your clothes / bathing suits on lol. People are very friendly, food and Happy Hour at The Perch bar is great and lunch at Papaguyos is good. 2 lounges and umbrella for $20. Have fun.

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jeepers
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696888 - 05/16/16 04:35 PM (74.14.13.181)

I don't think there is a bad spot to eat or drink. bikini beach is great but at Club Orient you don't have the beach peddlars if that's a concern.

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irish1223
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696890 - 05/16/16 04:36 PM (96.38.120.77)

We love Aloha. Great food, great staff, great service. Nathalie (owner) is an absolute doll.

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EdB
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: irish1223]
      #1696893 - 05/16/16 04:52 PM (99.71.168.63)

we enjoy Le String...right next door to Aloha. Great people great food and great service. I think they make the best BBC on the island!!!! 20 bucks will get you 2 chaises, umbrella, and choice of any drink!!!!

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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696895 - 05/16/16 05:54 PM (108.52.189.140)

I'm with Naked as a Jaybird. Seaweed is not an issue at Club Orient, the beach is cleaned/raked daily. Happy Hour at the Perch Bar 2:30-3:30, at Papagayo 4:30 - 6:30. Yes, it's clothing optional, but wear or don't wear what you want to. Lunch at Perch, lunch and/or dinner at Papagayo - excellent.

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mscottc
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: Biturbo]
      #1696923 - 05/16/16 10:24 PM (69.136.108.185)

Seaweed was not an issue at all on Orient in the last two weeks.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696926 - 05/16/16 10:42 PM (201.220.7.58)

All Of the new places are 20.00+ bucks and packed like sardines. LaPlays is 15 for two chairs with thick pads, table and two drinks. Well spaced apart. No problem bringing a cooler with food and drinks. Chairs are well spaced apart. A no brainer for us.

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irish1223
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1696932 - 05/17/16 01:44 AM (70.210.56.208)

Wasn't sure if you were interested in the clothing optional part of the beach, but wanted to add that we also love the Club O section. The Perch serves simple lunches and great drinks, Papagayo has good food and service, and you can also bring your own cooler. Friendliest people on the beach IMHO.

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Robin & Ed


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