Topless sunbathing is the norm on all the beaches on the French side, as in Europe. As for full nudity, the only official clothing optional beach is the Club Orient section of Orient Beach. It therefore goes that this is where you find the biggest concentration of naturists.
Nude Beaches on St. Maarten - St. Martin Island
Sint Maarten - Saint Martin is famous for its nude beaches. Many visitors tried it here for the first time and never went back to a textile beach to enjoy the sun and surf. If you consider visiting Orient Beach, the island's most famous beach, read up on what to do and not to do on a 'clothing optional' beach. Nudists enjoying the beach on Tintamarre Island off the coast of Orient Beach. The trouble starts with the terminology: a beach that is designated to be enjoyed unencumbered by any textiles is labeled 'clothing optional' on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean. Not so in Europe, beach nudity is handled more straightforward: to enjoy the sun and surf in your birthday suit, you go to a 'Nude Beach'. And if beachgoers don't drop their attire within minutes of arrival, they will be chased away quickly and not with kind words. You see, on a clothing-optional beach, there is the dilemma of two very different kinds of nudity. The first kind is the obvious one where a person doesn't wear a bathing suit.
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St Maarten has a rather laid back mindset towards beach nudity and is one of the major Caribbean locations for naturists because of Club Orient on Orient Beach. In terms of complete nudity, the only recognized nude beach is the Club Orient area of Orient Bat. Consequently that is where you come across the largest concentration of nudists. It is also fine to stroll the entire length of the beach naked in the mornings. Nudity is tolerated even though formally not allowed on numerous other beaches on the French side.
I have read on a few websites other beaches mentioned as being OK for topless but I would rather check with the experts here :. All beaches on St. Martin French are topless, Orient Beach is the only official nude beach. Visitors sometimes like to go nude on other beaches that are less populated such as Happy Bay Beach. On Sint Maarten Dutch nudity is common on parts of Cupecoy Beach althought not officially allowed it is tolerated. As this area developes the status of this beach may again change, only time will tell. You may see some topless on other Dutch side beaches, less so on the beaches occupied by large hotels but not totally unheard of even on these. All the beaches on the French side are topless and I think most on the dutch side,too.