Fodor's Expert Review Baie Orientale
The beach is as vibrant as ever (wider even, with more sand to enjoy now than in years past). Many consider this the island's most beautiful beach, with 2 miles (3 km) of champagne sand, underwater marine reserve, a variety of water sports, and trendy beach clubs. At its southern end, "naturists" enjoy the Club Orient area's clothing-optional policy, limited by regulation to that portion of the beach only. (Topless sunbathing is allowed on the entire beach.) Naturally, cameras are forbidden and may be confiscated. Plan to spend the day at one of the clubs; each bar has different color umbrellas, and most boast excellent restaurants and lively entertainment. To get here from Marigot, take the main road north past Grand Case, past the French side Aéroport de L'Espérance, and watch for the left turn. Amenities: food and drink; parking; toilets; water sports. Best for: nudists; partiers; swimming; walking; windsurfing.