Good choice, rent a car
Posted Jan 22, 2017
We previously visited the Dutch side on a cruise and wanted to come back to the island. Orient Bay is a nice sandy beach, safe for tourists, and has several dining options nearby. I recommend renting a car (we paid $30/day) and downloading a map of the island from Google Maps ahead of time for directions. You can travel to the other side of the island in about 30-40 minutes, and it's basically one long road. We would have been bored if we weren't able to leave Orient Bay, and taxis are very expensive (it was $20 for the 10 minute trip to Grand Case). La Playa is a great hotel for those who are looking for a quieter vacation.