I just returned from a fantastic week at Club Orient on St. Martin. The first morning I was there I got up a little before sunrise, so I went out onto the beach. After watching the sunrise, I decided to take a walk up the beach. As I walked a noticed that there were other nude and textile people ahead of me. Since I was uncertain if the entire beach was clothing-optional I assumed that the others ahead of me knew, and that if they could do it I could too. I walked all the way to the north end of the beach. Since I had started out at our waterfront chalet, right next to the Papagayo restaurant, I had walked almost 1 1/2 miles.
On the return trip as I approached the Club Orient section of the beach I noticed three guys in what I assumed were police uniforms standing in the parking lot adjacent to the beach watching my approach. As I drew near one of them started walking in my direction. Uh oh, this can’t be good I thought.
Although the policeman didn’t speak English he used enough English words to make me understand that I wasn’t supposed to be nude on the section of beach from which I had just come. He wasn’t acting like he was going to arrest me so I thought that it I acted sufficiently contrite he would let me be on my way, which he did.
It was a good thing for me that he did because except for a gold chain I was wearing I had absolutely nothing with me. No identification, no money, no credit cards, no nothing. I had left essentially all my possessions behind, and actually it felt delightful. I had strayed about a mile into “textile country” completely naked. No one seemed to care, and I had a ball. Ignorance truly is bliss.
Later I went back to see if there had been a sign indicating the end of the clothing-optional beach, but there was none. There is a sign facing north that indicates the beginning of the Club Orient nude beach, which I suppose one could interpret as also being the end of the non-nude beach.
The only other time during the week that we put clothes on was when we wandered up the beach again to go para-sailing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Club Orient and highly recommend it. We also highly recommend the Tiko-Tiko cruise to Tintamarre. It was our first time at Club Orient, but it won’t be the last.