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Vela St Martin

Orient Beach, Orient Bay, St Martin / St Maarten
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Nothing Special

A little crowded. I live in Naples, Fl.where really nice beaches are plentiful. No amenities... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
George A
tourist trap

Caribbean Spices and Sauces St. Maarten / St. Martin. Walking distance from Sonesta Great Bay... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Kitesurfing , windsurfing, stand up paddle , sailing school - Boat rental and boat tours - Cruise to Anguilla, St BArthelemy
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible11%
27 Sep 2017
“Nothing Special”
15 Feb 2017
“tourist trap”
Orient Beach, Orient Bay, St Martin / St Maarten

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

A little crowded. I live in Naples, Fl.where really nice beaches are plentiful. No amenities, limited parking. We expected better.

Thank George A
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Caribbean Spices and Sauces St. Maarten / St. Martin. Walking distance from Sonesta Great Bay Resort and Casino on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. Do not buy "Vanilla Extract" from "Ma Doudou". This is nothing but colored water. A tourist rip off!!!! Sold in...More

Thank rebeccajnash
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Wonderful beach, very many people with few swimming suits, if you get my drift. Nice places to eat, water was very nice.

Thank Christopher J
Reviewed 30 September 2014

We spent 2 weeks in sint marteen last month with my friends. I wanted to learn how to kite so I went to Wind Adventures and booked several lessons. First thing, I was really impressed by the team, they are really qualified and they re...More

1  Thank Joey P
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I was on vacation in St. Martin last month. I signed up for a lesson at Wind Adventures based on the positive reviews here. I am an intermediate-level kiter, and I had an individual lesson with Toon. He gave me some good tips, and I...More

Thank Matt G
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We were on a Celebrity cruise and took the beach and lunch excursion from the ship. Orient beach is a very clean and exciting destination. My husband and I enjoy walking down the beach and the best beach area is on the nudist portion of...More

1  Thank havefuninthesun
Reviewed 6 January 2014

The guys at Vela/Wind Adventures are great. They don't all speak English so well but we managed to understand and be understood. Great equipment. Difficult sea state to learn kiting but great once you get it.

Thank David R
Reviewed 18 February 2013

We utilized Vela windsurfing at Orient Bay for the rental of windsurfing gear and a Hobie cat sailboat. Monsieur Tom, who runs the operation, could not have been more informative or helpful. Tom is multi-lingual as well as being an expert sailor. His windsurfing gear...More

1  Thank bmicmcd
Reviewed 12 January 2013

Spent 1 week at Orient Beach and rented the "All I Can Do" package at Vela. Windsurfed 4 days. Conditions are great when it's windy - nice swell. The Vela staff was great - very helpful, especially in helping us get the equipment past the...More

2  Thank TheWave1111
Reviewed 30 December 2012

We rented from Vela for five days in early December and were fortunate to experience contant winds above 20 knots. The wind at Orient Beach blows either on-shore or 45 degrees to the beach. In higher wind the surf break can be three to four...More

3  Thank Ken W
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25 July 2016|
Response from demanez e | Property representative |
Orient bay has a flat lagoon on the right side, it is completely flat. You can also reach easily Green cay island. We do stock some gear in the lagoon for beginners or intermediates, so it should be ok for your daughter.