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Orient Beach - Images from yesterday

Here are some images of Orient Beach sent to us by vacationers who visited Orient Beach back as far as the 1970's. Yep,  things have changed since then. Gone are the days when you had the beach all to yourself.

Tourism began on Orient beach back in the early 70's when guests staying at the Le Galleon Hotel over at  Baie de l'Embouchure or Coconut Grove would wander over for a nude swim at the deserted Orient beach. Their only company would have probably been a few local conch fishermen.

This all changed in the mid to late 1970's when Dutchman, Reint Brink flew over St Martin in a light airplane looking for a location to start building a naturist resort. Not only did he find paradise, but the people on the beach were already nude. His future customers were already waiting outside the resort he planned to build, which he named Club Orient.

The first 4 images below are from the early to mid 1970's