We've stayed in the orient beach area before, thinking of trying oyster pond area. Which is better and how far is oyster pond to orient beach? Thanks
Two upscale areas - Orient very active - dining available in both - 10 minute drive +/-.
Oyster Pond is really two areas, the Dutch side with more resort/hotel type accommodations and the French side with smaller but more individualized studios, apartments, condos, villa's etc. Dutch side you will be around more tourists, French side mostly locals. What type of rental unit were you looking for?
Great restaurants/bars on both sides. Easy drive between both. More small grocers with better selections on French side. A "locals" ambience on the docks, ie Dinghy Dock and Iguana bars, more so than the Dutch side IMO. Dutch side has access to Dawn beach, no real beach access on French side.
On a really good day I have made it to the back side of Pedro's from the French OP side in 10 minutes, mostly 15. The drive on the coastal route up to Orleans is quite scienic. Also not a bad drive if wanting to head into Phillipsburg and larger supermarkets are closer than going from Orient into north Marigot.
Petty crime has had it's up's and down's over the years in French OP, some too in Orient Beach area tho maybe not so much. Gendarmes do their housing in a complex down close to Captain Olivers resort.
Tough choice, having previously stayed in Simpson Bay area, Orient area, and Oyster Pond French area our choice now is consistently the French side.
Have a great trip.
I agree with CkdkN, I was just there and it takes about 10 minutes via the scenic coastal route. What a pretty drive during the day. Oyster has alot of hills and quite often there are french police at the bottom of the hill once you leave the bars. We were told by many to take the coastal route instead of going down the hill. Parking sucks in Oyster. Also, we were informed that several police live near Oyster by the bars and restaurants - we weren't informed as to why, but walking back to our car late at night we didn't feel as safe as we do in Orient Village.. However, both are nice.
We stay in Orient Village, the past two years. Oyster is nice, but it's really busy like Simpson Bay and parking is horrible. There are alot of hills. We drove over there twice and ate at Dingy Dock Pub, excellent food.Edited: 13 April 2017, 01:36
I am trying to book and having 'analysis paralysis' attempting to decide what part of the island is the best place to stay. We want to be on or very near the beach. We were strongly considering Grand Case. Can one of you seasoned visitors provide some input and some travel times from Grand Case? We aren't party people and we love a good restaurant so I'm thinking the quiet side of the island is best for us?
If you are looking for the quite side of the island, Dawn beach is a quiet area.