|Most people who visit this famous nude beach still wear swimsuits
Orient Beach isn't the prettiest nude beach in the Caribbean but it's the most famous. Other beaches on both St. Martin and St. Maarten are topless or clothing optional.
Clothing is optional day and night, but not all beach goers take off their suits. There's no rule you must disrobe and a fair number of visitors do stay in their suits.
No doubt, the chance to gawk at naked people is a novel attraction for many Americans and those from other islands where nudity is generally banned. That's especially true of cruise ship passengers.
So, if you decide to bare it all, don't be surprised if you become an attraction for a few.
Changing rooms: Available at the Club Orient Hotel near the main entrance and in restaurant restrooms on the beach.
Shade: None. Rent a beach umbrella, use lots of sunscreen.
Snorkeling: Snorkel in the nude at nearby Green Key, which is served by Orient Beach water taxis. But lather up your butt, which will be getting full sun above the surface.
Traveling from the cruise ship docks: From St. Maarten, the taxi fare is around US$25 each way. Negotiate the fare and a return pickup time in advance. Give yourself ample time to get back to the ship.