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.

Topless tanning is the norm on all the beaches on the French side, as in Europe.

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. Nudity used to be permitted at numerous additional places on the beach, however this has lately changed, so it’s most suitable to keep nudity to the Club Orient area, to the little, designated naked location at Coco’s and to the more deserted north section of the beach between Coco’s and Palm Beach. 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. Nevertheless as the other beaches are not real naturist beaches we’d point out that the guideline is to be conscious of other people, families with kids and people’s houses. So do not just stroll about or sit down nude where ever you wish, but select peaceful places, where you’re not in anyone’s way. If individuals display any kind of indication of annoyance, proceed to a more remote location of the beach, there’s always a private spot. There’s been talk that police men (the French side law enforcement) have been turning up on a few beaches lately asking nude individuals to get dressed, so, unless of course you are at Club Orient it’s best to dress if some official-looking individuals appear, and in the event that you don’t see them arriving, don’t worry, just react nicely and get dressed if they ask you to.

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