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OllieEh
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: Billandfrancine]
      #1697156 - 05/18/16 01:15 PM (24.114.82.153)

It's very apparent that many people on this forum enjoy Club Orient's stretch of beach due to the calmness of the water, less sargassum, no beach vendors, the friendliness of beach goers and the CO option...after all, their slogan is "nothing is better".

We will be visiting Club O's beach area in the near future and would appreciate an abbreviated version as to what to expect from the time you park your vehicle in their lot. For example...Will security meet you in the parking lot to pay for parking? Do you remove swimwear in parking lot or in a change area or right at the beach? Do you need to check in at reception? Where is the quietest part of their beach? Are there certain protocols to be aware of?

We just want to respect the beach and patrons as much as you longtime visitors and not look like the newbies that we are.


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NakedAsAJaybird
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: OllieEh]
      #1697161 - 05/18/16 01:57 PM (192.96.136.138)

The Guard Shack is near the "Public Walkway" to the beach. No charge for parking in the Club Orient lot from May 1-Oct 31. No security in the Parking lot, but always Security guards around. It's your choice to be dressed or undressed from Parking lot to beach....you can be nude in parking lot, Orientique (store), The Perch Bar (Happy Hour 2:30-3:30 2 for 1 drinks), Papaguyos (Restaurant) good food, service and HH around 4:30, I think. You can eat at either Bar or Restaurant or bring your own cooler with food and drinks. You can also walk up the beach to any other restaurant (cover up if walking past the rocks. Women can be topless along the entire Orient beach). Choose any orange /white lounge chair that does not have a tag on it (plastic wristband type) and await beach boy to collect fee of $20 for 2 chairs & umbrella or purchase a weekly pass at Watersports. Always sit on a towel wherever you place your naked behind. Never take pictures!! No radios or music allowed on the beach to disturb others. Have fun whether you are dressed or undressed.

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jeepers
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: OllieEh]
      #1697162 - 05/18/16 01:58 PM (74.14.13.181)

I don't think they charge to park in off season so park the car, we change in parking lot(personal choice) just walk down to beach select chairs without tags on them & set up. the beach guy will come along & collect $20 for 2 chairs & 1 umbrella or you can go to the sports building & get 7 days worth for $120 to be used in a 9 day period. There are outdoor showers up near the guards building to wash sand off before you get back into the car. You will see where it is quieter when you get to the beach. Have fun!

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OllieEh
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: jeepers]
      #1697184 - 05/18/16 04:29 PM (72.137.166.232)

I've read nothing but positives about Club O. The amount of returning guests says it all. Thank you Jaybird and jeepers for the tips.

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JohnandBev
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: loislynn]
      #1697192 - 05/18/16 05:32 PM (67.70.10.219)

YOu wrote
".... we thought we would spend more time on Orient exploring, ..."

I think that is the right attitude, explore
How about 1 - 2 days of a mini beach bar crawl!! to get to know the various places - check out menu's, signature drinks and the vibe for each spot. Chat with the staff, you'll soon figure out your fav's. What we like may not be what you like - this yr we had fun at Good Time Charlies when Johnny Carib played for a bit late in the afternoon, tried out the Mojito Guy - that's the fun of a beach exploration.
Let us know what you find and like

J&B


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timmycs
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: OllieEh]
      #1697270 - 05/19/16 04:25 PM (107.77.106.75)

We have done Club O beach three different ways. If your lodging is in Orient village, you can walk the entire beach nude in the morning before 9:30am to the Club O beach. If we don't feel like walking we just wrap a towel around us and drive to the lot. If we are out sightseeing and want to use the Club O beach and happy hour in the afternoon, we park the car in their lot and shed our clothes in the lot. There are 3 outdoor showers just before the lot so you don't get sand in your car. We have never seen a guard or parking fee. The whole Club O beach seems quiet, can't say any particular section . Lots of book readers . They even have a library where you can borrow from a very large selection

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NakedAsAJaybird
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: timmycs]
      #1697273 - 05/19/16 04:53 PM (192.96.136.138)

I'd be a little careful about walking the "entire" Orient Beach nude. It is against the law and I have seen Gendarme out there before 9am. Since it is low season now, maybe walking before 8:30am, but wouldn't chance it any later than that. Also, the Club O parking lot costs $5 a day from Nov 1--April 30th in case you ever come at a different time of year. There is at least 1 Guard in the Guard shack all the time and a parking lot Attendent during the 6 mos of paid parking.

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timmycs
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: NakedAsAJaybird]
      #1697280 - 05/19/16 05:06 PM (107.77.106.75)

Thanks Jaybird, we didn't realize the Gendarmie were now enforcing this.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: timmycs]
      #1697281 - 05/19/16 05:12 PM (201.220.7.58)

And I'm glad they are. Nudity has it's place and it is Club O and I'm OK with that but I don't want to get that visual on the other part of Orient where I go to. Topless is fine, full nudity is not outside of Club O.

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MORWAVES
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Re: Orient Beach - where to sit/eat/drink? [Re: OllieEh]
      #1697283 - 05/19/16 05:19 PM (184.174.170.137)

I would say the quietest part of Club O beach is the part closest to the Sports Bldg. Unless your wanting to read a book in total quiet you should really try getting right in the middle of everything. We have been there the last five years and meet several people we now call friends.Everyone is so friendly.

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