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St Maarten Sights, Shopping and Sand

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Half Day Cat Sail and Snorkel

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Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch

Grand Island Speedboat and Snorkel

Grand Island Speedboat and Snorkel

Best of St. Maarten

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Rhum Distillery, Kimsha Beach and Lunch

Rhum Distillery, Kimsha Beach and Lunch

Orient and Maho Beach Tour

Orient and Maho Beach Tour

St Maarten Snorkeling Tour at Pinel Island & Oyster Pond

Snorkel and Beach Adventure

Island Beauty and Birds

Island Beauty and Birds

Island Vibes

Island Vibes

Hike, Birds and Beach

Hike, Birds and Beach

French St. Martin Port Tour - Perfume Making & Caribbean Scents

Caribbean Scents - Perfume Making

Jet Ski Adventure

Jet Ski Adventure

Pelican Resort Kayak & Snorkel Port Tour in St. Maarten

Kayak and Snorkel at Pelican Key

Two Nations, Three Beaches

Two Nations, Three Beaches

Caribbean Culture

Caribbean Culture

Fun Day in a Scoot Coupe

Fun Day in a Scoot Coupe

Small Group 2 Tank Certified Scuba Dive Day Tour in St. Maarten

Two Tank Certified Dive

Champagne Open Bar Sunset Cruise Trip towards Long Bay from St. Maarten

Champagne Sunset Cruise

America's Cup 12 Metre Regatta

12 Metre Challenge

Baie Longue & Mullet Bay Sailing Day Trip from St. Maarten

Sail to Nirvana

Beginner Scuba Diving Day Trip in St. Maarten | Discover Scuba

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Snuba Experience

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Jet Blast Beach Day

Jet Blast Beach Day

Resort Beach Day

Resort Beach Day

Grand Case Beach Getaway

Grand Case Beach Getaway

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Beachside Brews and Burgers

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Caribbean Mixology, Tapas, and Orient Beach

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French and Dutch Cultural Flavors

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Great Bay Jet Skiing and Beach Break

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Great Bay Rum and Reggae Beach Break

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Guided UTV Adventure and Beach

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Island Gondola Sightseeing Cruise and Orient Beach

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Luxury Day Sail and Snorkel

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Private St Maarten Gondola Evening Cruise

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Private St Maarten Jeep Safari and Beach

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Private St Maarten Luxe Beach Picnic

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Private St. Maarten Highlights

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Reiki Healing and Beach Experience

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Small Group Historical Twin Island Journey

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St Maarten Gondola Day Cruise

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St Maarten Jeep Safari and Beach

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St. Maarten Beach Hopping

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St. Maarten Breweries and Beer

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St. Maarten Top Ten Highlights

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Private Exploration of St Maarten

Private Kunstenaars and Artistes Tour in St. Maarten

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Private Sailing Charter Shore Excursion in St. Maarten

Private Sailing Charter

Phillipsburg & Marigot St. Maarten Two Islands Cruise Trip

Private Two Islands Tour

Private Beach Stop & Two Countries on One Island Day Tour | St. Maarten

Private Two Islands Tour and Beach Stop

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St. Maarten excursions are a vibrant mix of cultural and natural attractions, including exploring dual-nation island's French and Dutch sides and enjoying its renowned beaches. St. Maarten excursions also offer a range of activities from snorkeling in crystal-clear waters to zip-lining through lush forests, appealing to both beach lovers and adventure seekers.

10 Best St. Maarten Excursions & Tours

About 300 kilometers east of Puerto Rico in the northeast part of the Caribbean lies St. Maarten, a cruise community favorite. Often confused with its northern French counterpart, St. Martin or Saint Martin, St. Maarten is the Dutch side of the island. A constituency country that is considered part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, St. Maarten occupies the southern half of the island - it is known for its beaches, casinos, jewelry-making, Guavaberry drinks, and spectacular nightlife.

Sights to See

With its European influences (evident in the architectural style of its buildings), St. Maarten is just begging to be explored by land or sea via cruise ship. Our St. Maarten cruise excursions and island tours allow you to experience all the wonders of the Dutch part of the twin island, complete with water sports, hiking and biking, marine life, and quaint history in the capital of Philipsburg.

Our St. Maarten tours and excursions do not stop there, as many of our shore tours include traveling to the French-controlled portion of the island to experience both paradise destinations by visiting two countries in one day. This opportunity alone makes any St. Maarten shore excursion and trip incredibly fulfilling.

Thrill-Seeking Activities

St. Maarten offers a wide variety of heart-pumping things to do. If you're all in on water activities, then you have to enjoy a full day or more at Orient Bay, the beach on the French side of St. Martin that's the most popular and busiest beach in the Caribbean year-round. There you can do some scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, riding a banana boat, and so much more.

Beautiful Beaches

The beautiful island of St. Maarten is home to the best treasures the Caribbean has to offer. Boasting gorgeous white sand beaches to relax on, and vibrant reef beds to snorkel through, St. Maarten has a unique and intriguing culture to boot. This island, tightly nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is widely recognized as one of the top vacation destinations in the entire world!

Located on the North shore of the French side of St. Martin, Pinel Island is special to tourists and locals alike. It is surrounded by breathtaking clear blue waters that are ideal for water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Not to mention it's also part of the French Marine Reserve and protected from development so future generations can enjoy its splendor. Pinel Island is a must-see if you're nearby.

Browse these excursions and other neighboring island tours offered by Shore Excursions Group. A thrilling trip full of jet boating, snorkeling, relaxing nights of wine tasting, sunset cruises, and easygoing sailing adventures await! Anything is possible in St. Maarten.

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Out Island Charters: The Best day tours and cruise ship excursions on St. Maarten

As the premier shore excursion company in St. Maarten we operate the Golden Eagle sailing catamarans, powerboats, Explorer Lagoon cruises, land and sea island tours or fully customizable private tours

Out Island Charters  has been the leading tour operator in St. Maarten since 1987. We are a family owned and operated company that prides ourself on providing the very best of land and sea excursions.

We offer a range of tours designed to showcase the best spots of Dutch and French St. Maarten. We provide a variety of tours, which include but are not limited to Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Power Rafting Adventures and Sailing aboard custom built Catamarans. Whether you decide to spend the day going first class sailing aboard the Golden Eagle catamaran, discovering the island by land and sea on the Explorer Boat and our brand new air-conditioned buses equipped with a fully enhanced audio tour, or zipping through the Caribbean Sea on Power Raft our goal is to be your ambassador to your destination.

We love our customers and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right or what we can improve on. Also Please leave a review on tripadvisor.

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Office Phone: +1 (721) 543-0068

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Adventure Island Tour

Tour overview.

Enjoy another adventurous tour under the beautiful blue skies of St. Maarten/St. Martin with Bernards Tours. This tour includes sightseeing, shopping , plane-spotting and a beach stop. Experience great views and options of shopping and culinary delights of the Dutch side of St. Maarten, in the heart of the town “Philipsburg”. Enjoy the breathtaking views at Simpson Bay, experience the wonderful view of the borders that separates the Dutch and the French side.

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This tour promises an unforgettable experience in St. Martin. Your tour will take you on an adventure to places such as Oyster Pond, Grand Case Beach, Marigot the French capital and of course Maho Beach to view extreme plane spotting.

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This unique proximity of low flying airliners at Maho Beach is very popular with plane spotters and plane watchers. One of the few places in the world where you can actually watch planes land and take-off directly in their flight path. It is an unforgettable experience.

Experience the options of shopping, dining at the fine creole restaurants in Marigot in the French side of the island or simply browse through the array of French pastries and delicacies at the local market.

Enjoy the breathtaking views at Simpson Bay where you experience the wonderful view of the borders that separate the Dutch and the French side. Ultimately, we all love a nice stop at Grand Case with a lot of fun under the sun for family and friends with enough beach bars and restaurant to choose from. Please see our tour details or tour itinerary for more info.

Important Info

Pick up location.

Cruise Information Center, for on hotel or on island guest contact our Customer Service Department

Check-In time

Between Nov 1 - Mar 31 tour departs at 10:00 AM. local time. Between Apr 1 - Oct 31 tour departs at 9:30 am local time. We pick up from the cruise ship port, your hotel lobby or any other location you designate

Important Information

Children 0-4 years of age pay half price, children 5 and older pay full price. Parents with car/booster seats pay full price.

  • Tours depart from the Cruise Information Center. for hotel and on island guests, contact our Customer Service Department.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Passengers will be dropped off at Grand Case Beach. You can then walk down to the section of the beach you desire for some Sun, Sea and Surf.
  • Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation. If there are not enough passengers to meet trip requirements, you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund
  • Note: Tour departure time is based on local island time, not cruise ship time

IMPORTANT : FOR CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS:  You will be assigned to one of our tours depending on your ship arrival time. A tour cannot be reserved for a later time that’s was assigned to you. If you entered your information incorrectly or show up for a later tour this will result in a missed/cancellation of the tour and a refund will not be issued. Please ensure that the correct arrival time of your ship is entered and not the time you would like to be picked up if you are reserving a group tour.

Upon return to Philipsburg, transport back to the ship will be provided free of charge, or you may choose to remain in Philipsburg to shop or sightsee at your own leisure. Walking back to the ship takes between 12 and 15 minutes, or local taxis are available to take you back to the ship.

On Island guests will be dropped off at pick up location.

*NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Weather and traffic on the island are constantly changing, and sometimes, this requires itinerary changes.

What's Included

  • Bathrooms & Changing Rooms available at the beach
  • Beverages (Bottled water, sodas, rum punch) while on the tour
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or van
  • Cruise Port, or designated pick up spot scheduled by our Customer Service Department

What's included

What's excluded.

  • Gratuities/Tip for tour guide
  • Food/Beverages at lunch (available at local beach restaurants)
  • Beach chairs and beds (these items are available for rental at the beach)

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothing & shoes
  • Bathing suit & Beach Towel

Tour Itinerary

Pick up at your location.

We welcome you at the Cruise Information Center, your hotel lobby, or any location you designate. We will provide you or your group with check in before you board one of our air-conditioned vehicles. We ask you to bring your credit card or cash (US or Euros) t o pay the remaining balance of the tour. Once all passengers have arrived, we will welcome you in one of our air-conditioned vehicles and show the beauty of St. Maarten!

Stop at the French and Dutch border

The island of Saint Martin consists of two parts. The Dutch side and the French side. From the Dutch side, we will drive to the French side. We will stop at the border between the Netherlands Antilles and France. When you pass this dividing line then you are actually in France! Bienvenue (Welcome). Upon request, there is a moment when we allow you the opportunity to stop and take pictures of the border crossing.

Stop to feed and hold the Iguanas.

Our next stop will be a visit to see the iguanas in their natural habitat. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to feed, touch and take pictures with the iguanas.   Visit Time limit 10 – 20 Minutes.

Brief stop at Oyster Pond

At Oyster Bay, you get a chance to see the island of St Barts in the distance. You have a beautiful view from the mountain. Time Limit 5 – 10 Minutes

Grand Case Beach

A major attraction is Grand Case Beach. Enjoy the sun and relax on the beach. You have the option of choosing to swim and sunbathe one of the most beautiful beaches on St Martin. On the spot you can make use of beach chairs and beds. for a small fee. This stop will last for about 90-120 minutes.

Marigot - Open Market (French Capital)

Do you like shopping? The Marigot Market is a major tourist attraction. Browse the market for it many varieties of merchandise, from herbs to local freshly prepared cuisines, clothing, souvenirs etc. Enjoy a visit to the local French markets where you can purchase French & European pastries and delicacies. Limited time restriction due to Hurricane Irma Time Limit 45 Minutes

Maho Beach for Plane Spotting

Are you looking for excitement? Have you ever stood behind the engines of a plane while it is landing? Maho Beach has it all and is known as a one-of-a-kind experience! Aircraft flying so low that you can almost touch them. This is what St. Martin is known for. Get out and feel the blast., an experience of a lifetime. Time Limit - 45 minutes

Drive through Simpson Bay Marina

Drive through Simpson Bay Marina and enjoy the beautiful views of the million-dollar yachts docked or sailing on the blue crystal waters.  This area is known for its beauty scenery.

Harold Jack Hill

We will pay a visit to Harold Jack Hill. From this viewpoint, you have a great view of Simpson Marina, the airport and the island of Anguilla.

Return to the Pick Up location

All good things must come to an end. we will bring you back to your pickup location. if you have arrived via cruise ship then we make sure that we’re back on time at your ship. we appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you on one of our adventurous bernards tours., walking to bernard's.

$65 per person

Port pickup and Drop-off or your designated location

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Pyratz Gourmet Full Day Trip in Private Catamaran In St. Maarten

Pyratz Gourmet Full day trip is the ultimate catamaran experience with a unique concept combining pleasure of sailing, discovery and gastronomy. Enjoy a day on the water on our spacious and comfortable catamaran while savoring a gourmet 3 course lunch on board!

Too Rhum Punch Sailing Catamaran Charter St Maarten

Too Rum Punch is a beautiful 39 ft sailing catamaran that can take up to 35 persons. We operate charters and day rentals around St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barth's.

Magic Time Powercat

Book this 36ft powerboat catamaran for a day charter in St. Maarten, departing from Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg. Only a 20 min walk from the cruise ship terminal or an easy drive from hotels and villas on island. Very spacious, space for up to 26 passengers and one of the only powerboats with restrooms on board. Includes open bar, snorkel gear, and crew!

Acra 36 ft Concept St. Maarten Powerboat Charter

Our Acra 36ft Concept powerboat is great for cruising around the islands of St. Maarten, Anguilla, Prickly Pear or even Tintamarre and Pinel island. Join us for a half day or full day private charter for just your group! Includes open bar, snacks, snorkel gear, fuel and crew!

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13 Best Things To Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten

Updated Dec. 1, 2022

Like most Caribbean destinations, St. Martin and St. Maarten is wonderful for relaxing in the sand or playing in the waves, but families take note: St. Martin's beautiful beaches are clothing-optional (especially the tourist favorite,  Orient Bay )

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Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours

Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any other watersport you can imagine is easy enough to schedule, and many companies stand ready to take you out for the day. Since St. Martin is in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, it's also quite popular to visit other islands, such as Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.

Day sails or specialty boat tours that offer everything from eco-snorkeling to party-in-the-sun itineraries are quite common. Daysailing companies that receive excellent reviews from past visitors include Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and Captain Alan's Boat Charters .

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Orient Bay (St. Martin) Orient Bay (St. Martin) free

Orient Bay Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Irma and is one of the places on the island that recent visitors said was a bit shocking to see, with most of the businesses completely wiped out. That said, they still extol the virtues of the clear waters and fluffy white sand.

There are some vendors plying food and drinks and the popular Club Orient, a naturalist hotel, which was totally destroyed and is currently under renovation, is operating a few beachside concessions.

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Cupecoy Beach (St. Maarten) Cupecoy Beach (St. Maarten) free

Located on the island's southwest tip, Cupecoy is a set of three beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs. It's also the last beach on the Dutch side before crossing the northern French border. Travelers say the sunsets here have to be seen to be believed, with dramatic views of Saba in the distance. Consider enjoying the day's end in one of the area's beach bars, or by buying a cold beer from one of the local vendors walking along the shore. Cupecoy Beach is also noteworthy as a LGBT-friendly beach, and families should beware the clothing-optional section of the beach's northwest end. Recent visitors said the beach is stunning and romantic and suggest getting there early to claim a spot in the sand.

You can visit Cupecoy for free, but there are paid parking lots at the adjacent Cupecoy and Sapphire beach clubs.

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Loterie Farm (St. Martin) Loterie Farm (St. Martin)

Visitors can hike, lounge in a pool cabana or even take a zip line through the treetops on the 135 acres of forest and farmland located near the foot of  Pic du Paradis . The farm has made a nice recovery since Hurricane Irma, though recent visitors say that the vegetation is not as lush as it used to be. That said, visitors were impressed with the amenities, service and food and pleased with how fast the farm has resumed operations.

Adventurous types can still enjoy Loterie's zip line that soars through Loterie's forest, but the obstacle course for children, Ti-Tarzan, was destroyed during the hurricane. The popular Hidden Forest Café was also damaged during the hurricane, but lunch and snacks are served by the pool in the meantime.

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Mullet Bay Beach (St. Maarten) Mullet Bay Beach (St. Maarten) free

Many call calm and quiet Mullet a decent alternative to the noise and sand blasts of  Maho Bay , or to the crowds of the French side's  Orient Bay . Along with its clear waters, travelers were pleased with Mullet Bay's soft sand and surfer-ready waves.

Because of its proximity to the cruise terminal (about a 30-minute drive), you'll likely encounter crowds when ships are docked. Chair and umbrella rentals cost about $15 for the day, according to past visitors. You'll find few facilities here, so plan accordingly. Mullet Bay sits near the airport, just south of scenic  Cupecoy Beach and is free to visit.

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Friar's Bay (St. Martin) Friar's Bay (St. Martin) free

Friar's Bay, or  Anse des Pères , has a more family-friendly atmosphere than some of the other scantily clad shores of St. Martin. That's because its crystalline waters have gentle, swimmable waves that are easy for children to handle. You can watch your kids play from the beach bars that corral Friar's; Kali's Beach Bar offers food and drink if you get hungry. The secluded Happy Bay is a 10-minute jaunt away, and according to many, this tiny stretch alone is worth the trip. 

You'll find both Friar's and Kali's Beach Bar between the towns of Grand Case and Marigot (at the foot of  Pic du Paradis ), but take caution on the snaking, bumpy road down to the shore. Though there are restrooms in the beach bars, there are no public bathrooms surrounding the beach.

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Dawn Beach (St. Maarten) Dawn Beach (St. Maarten) free

Located just south of the Dutch/French border, Dawn Beach is famous for two things: One, the amazing sunrises that earned the shoreline its name. And two, clear water that's perfect for snorkeling.  

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa dominates much of this shoreline, so the beach receives a lot of foot traffic. Also keep in mind that Dawn Beach's Atlantic Ocean waves can sometimes be rough. If you have children with you, consider visiting  Friar's Bay  on the French side; it has calmer waves. Past visitors offered mixed reviews of Dawn Beach. Some called it clean and relaxing, while others described it as average with too much seaweed.

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Front Street (St. Maarten) Front Street (St. Maarten) free

Shopping is great throughout the island thanks to its duty-free status, but the best bargains on jewelry, china, electronics and more are found on Front Street in Philipsburg (found on the Dutch side). Should browsing turn to buying, make the Guavaberry Emporium – and its primo-potent liqueur – your first stop and purchase. Head over to Front Street's eastern end and the glittering slot machines of the Coliseum Princess Casino if you still have money to burn.

Travelers recount that shopping on Front Street can be intensely crowded, especially when a cruise ship is docked. You can temper the experience with some window-shopping on Back Street or a dip in the Great Bay, both of which run parallel to Front Street.

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Maho Bay (St. Maarten) Maho Bay (St. Maarten) free

Are you looking to relax in tranquility? Keep looking – Maho Bay beckons to amateur photographers, aviation fanatics and curious thrill-seekers. The southwestern beach's fame is due to its unusual proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Every afternoon, travelers love to stand on the sands to take pictures of the approaching planes and feel their jet blasts. 

For many travelers, Maho Bay was a must-see bucket list-experience. For others, the beach was too small and crowded to enjoy. If you're looking for a quieter afternoon along the shore, try the island's other beaches, such as Mullet Bay .

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Pic Paradis (St. Martin) Pic Paradis (St. Martin) free

You can drive or take a taxi up Pic Paradis mountain's 1,492 feet for a heart-stopping view of all of St. Martin/St. Maarten, as well as the surrounding islands of  Anguilla , Saba and St. Eustatius. Also known as Paradise Peak, the mountain was a hit with recent visitors, who said it is worth the hike for the stunning panoramic views.

You can reach the peak two ways: You can pay to park at Loterie Farm (found at the base of the mountain) and hike up to the top, or you can drive your car to the end of the road and walk about 10 to 15 minutes to the summit (for free). If you choose to hike up to the top, heed the advice of past visitors and bring plenty of water, bug spray and stable shoes with good traction. Some reviewers also warned future visitors not to leave any valuables in their cars at the summit as theft has been reported. According to travelers, signage is also not abundant.                

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Join our awarded and off-the-beaten track eco and cultural tours., travel through our history, soak up our culture,  enjoy our street art, see our birds, explore our nature, embrace our beauty, experience our heritage, discover our historical monuments, meet our artists, taste st.martin, discover our multicultural island. enjoy the wide variety of flavors of st. martin’s dutch, french and creole heritage. experience st.martin to the fullest while learning lots too., small group tours maximum of 6 guests per mixed tour in our 9-seater van, or pick a private group tour., private tours / private group tours for a private tour / private group tour check out our private tour section or send us a message..

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Large Group  and Customized Tours For Large Group and Customized Tours send us a message. We will set-up a large group and/or customized tour together with you!

Educational Group Tours For educational tours send us a message. We will set-up a customized educational tour together with you!

Special Needs Tours Individuals in need of assistance exploring our beautiful island are welcome to tour with Seagrape Tours.  This includes individuals with hearing impairments, visual impairments, mobility challenges, developmental disabilities, the elderly, individuals with a mental health condition, and others.  We are in the process of  looking into the possibilities to accommodate travelers who use wheelchairs. Upon making your reservation please let us know whether there are any specific requests so we can coordinate together with you to ensure an optimal experience.

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Culinary Foodie Tour: A Tasty Journey

Discover the diverse flavors of St. Martin’s Dutch, French, and Creole heritage with our Food Adventure. Join us on our Culinary Foodie Tour for a delicious journey where every flavor tells a story.

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History Tour: Travel Through our Past, Present and Future

Journey through St. Martin’s past, present, and future on our History Tour . Discover how the French and Dutch came to share this island and explore its historical sites. Follow the footsteps of former inhabitants as we uncover the stories of St. Martin during our exploration of the island.

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Two-Nation Historical Cheese Tasting Tour: Explore our History & Our Cheeses

Experience St. Martin’s history and cheeses on our Two-Nation Historical Cheese Tasting Tour . Visit forts with breathtaking views of the capitals and learn about our island’s past. Join us for a unique journey blending history and cheese.

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Cultural Heritage Tour: Sense our Soul

Join us on our Cultural Heritage Tour to discover the essence of St. Maarten – St. Martin. Learn about our unique identity through stories, food, and traditions. Experience the unity of “One Island, One People” with us.

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Art Tour: Meet our Artists

St Martin’s art scene is alive and kicking. Experience the inspiration that St. Martin has offered artists, near and far, for centuries on our Art Tour . Meet local artists and see their colorful artworks in galleries, studios, and homes. Discover the island’s rich creative legacy.

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Museum Beach Lunch Tour: Discover our islands history, flora & fauna

Excited to explore? Join us on our Museum Beach Lunch Tou r and dive into the fascinating history, culture, and natural beauty of St. Martin. Discover island museums and indulge in a beach lunch. Perfect for families, kids included.  

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Birding / Birdwatching Tour: See our Birds

Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and witness St. Martin’s diverse birdlife on our Birding / Birdwatching Tour . Spot birds unique to the Caribbean, migrating shorebirds, waterbirds, and seabirds. Have specific birds in mind? Let us know, and we’ll tailor the experience for you. Join us for an island birdwatching adventure.  

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Cultural Roots Tour: Paint Titah, Make Johnny Cakes & Plant a Mangrove.

Embark on a journey where every moment tells a tale. Paint your own Titah frock, symbolizing our St. Maarten heritage. Master Johnny Cake-making, savoring our rich culinary tradition. Join in mangrove planting, preserving our island’s ecosystem. Join us on our Cultural Roots Tour

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Philipsburg City Walk Tour (Walking Tour): Explore our Street Art, History and Culture 

Explore our Historical Monuments and vibrant, colorful Street Art Scene, learn about our History and our Culture. while strolling through the Capital of Dutch St. Martin. Each Monument and Mural is unique and has a storey to tell. Join us on our   Philipsburg City Walk Tour .

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Marigot City Walk Tours (Walking Tours): Explore our Food, Culture and History

Explore the History, Culture or Food of the Capital of French St. Martin, Marigot. Island Friend will take you on a journey, strolling through the streets of Marigot. T ravel Slowly, Discover Locally. Marigot City Walk Tours are hosted by Island Friend .

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Coastal Nature Hike & Swim Tour: Admire our Coastal Beauty

Enjoy the rugged beauty of coastal St Martin, scenic views from the highest point on the island and enjoy the secluded beach of Happy Bay. Come and enjoy St Martin’s coastal beauty during our active Coastal Nature Hike & Swim Tour (easy hikes) Great for kids too.

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Nature Hike Secret Beach Tour: Discover our Beauty

Active tour to see all St Martin’s nature has to offer if you like hiking, peace and quiet. Enjoying the bay of Petites Cayes is much different than the hustle & bustle of other beaches. Join us on our (challenging hike) Nature Hike Secret Beach Tour  

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Snack Truck  Street  Foodie Tour: Travel Through Tasty Bites

Currently in Development! 

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Island Architectural Tour: Explore our Two-Nation Island’s Historical  Monuments

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Seagrape Tours Homemade Refreshment 

Just read our reviews on TripAdvisor to learn that our homegrown Lemongrass Iced Tea is delicious!

We serve this treat during snack break.

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Seagrape Tours Homemade Snack

Just read our reviews on TripAdvisor to learn that our homemade Banana Bread is delicious!

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French and Dutch Side

During each tour we’ll see both Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin, and most tours are completely around the island. During the Birding Tour we usually stay on the East side of both nations. All our tours offer stunning views of our beautiful and little two nation Caribbean island.

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Visit Other Islands and Explore More!

Seen all the St Martin sites with us. You can easily hop over to Saba, St. Eustatius or Anguilla for their unique nature, culture, and history!

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Sustainable Tourism

Seagrape Tours is an advocate of sustainable tourism.

By showing and telling others about St Maarten/ St Martin’s fragile natural beauty in a responsible way, we’re hoping to create more awareness for conservation.

Seagrape Tours supports the local conservation organizations in support of their educational programs, lobby for more reserves, and maintenance of current trails, boardwalks and parks.

Check out our Conservation section.

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What a wonderful way to see the birds and as a benefit hear some of the history of the island. Binkie is a great guide and took us to places that we would not have found on our own, he knew where to go to see the birds. We saw 30 different types of birds and a few that were rare sightings at the time we were there. I would highly encourage all birders to take this tour! 

Our guide made the tour a great experience for everyone! We all like getting off of the beaten path and not just hitting the “tourist” sites. Truly worth every minute !!! 

Having visited St Maarten several times, we wanted an interesting mellow land-based experience, and chose the History Tour: excellent choice. We enjoyed a non-commercial day away from the crowds, learning about the island and checking out places we never would have found on our own. We highly recommend this ‘road less traveled’ quality-driven experience. 

David Botha

Lots of Joy  

We, Nascha Kagie and Werner van de Zilver, met David Botha and Ilja Botha while enjoying quality time with friends on our beautiful island of St.Martin. We discovered a mutual love for all that is St.Martin. When the time came that Ilja and David decided to go on new adventures, the choice to continue Seagrape Tours as the quality eco tour company it is, was made with lots of joy and love. As per January 2021 Seagrape Tours has changed ownership from Ilja and David to Nascha and Werner.

We are both born in the Netherlands. Nascha has lived and went to school on St Maarten as a young child. As a teen and young adult she lived, went to school and started working in the Netherlands. Werner lived, went to school and started working in the Netherlands. Being together since 1997, we  went on an adventure journey through the Caribbean for several months in 2003 after which we decided to settle on Aruba. We lived on Aruba for 8 years before deciding to go back home, to the Friendly Island of St Martin. We  returned home to our beautiful island in 2011. 

Our passion is for the beauty of all which our beautiful St Maarten / St Martin had, has and will have. Our passion is for our island, culture and people. By showing and telling others about St Maarten / St Martin’s fragile natural beauty in a responsible way, We are hoping to create more awareness for conservation. 

David Botha

David and Ilja have met while volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel many moons ago. In 2008 they changed their steady lives in The Netherlands by quitting their jobs and traveling around the world for a year.

In 2009 they decided to settle in one of their favorite countries: The Friendly Island of St Maarten. Since then their two lovely daughters were born – Zimri and Zenzi – and most recently in 2014, their own eco tour company Seagrape Tours saw light.

In 2021 they decided to take on a new challenge in the Netherlands.

My family and I had the pleasure of taking this tour at the beginning of our trip to St. Martin. We always enjoy learning a bit of the history of the places we visit. Nascha was an excellent teacher – clearly knowledgeable and passionate about St. Maarten and its people. This is a “must do” if you want to learn a bit about this wonderful island nation. 

The students and staff really enjoyed themselves and we really appreciate the work that you all did! Thank you for everything!!! I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all of your kindness and understanding (customized educational agricultural, nature and hiking tour).

A+ World Academy, international boarding school aboard the tallship Sørlandet, Group of 60 students

The difference in all the various tours is the sincerity of the guide and the small details. We have taken many tours in our travels and this tour was certainly one of our most enjoyable. 

Visitor from Vancouver

Our tour guide Nascha took me, my sister and my 10 year old daughter on a great trip to visit different gallery’s and local artists on the island. She took all the time to let us ask questions and listen to the stories of the artists and let us experience a great variety of work. So thank you Nascha for this great tour. We could not leave without purchasing some art to keep the memory of this day even more alive. 

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St. Maarten Open Air Double Decker Sightseeing Bus Excursion

St. maarten, lesser antilles (st. martin) (excursion id s1787).

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  • Duration 3 hours 30 min
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  • Round-trip transportation from outside your St. Maarten cruise ship terminal!
  • Open-air, double-decker bus with panoramic 360 degrees view!
  • English-speaking St. Maarten sightseeing shore excursion guides!
  • Complimentary samples during the excursion!

What is included?

  • Round-trip transportation from outside your St. Maarten cruise ship terminal
  • Open-air, double-decker bus with panoramic 360 degrees view
  • English-speaking St. Maarten sightseeing shore excursion guides
  • Complimentary samples during the excursion

Excursion Notes

  • We recommend you wear comfortable clothing, beach shoes or flip-flops, and sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock).
  • Bring along a camera, cash (USD) for purchases, tips, etc.
  • This excursion is suitable for pregnant women.
  • This excursion is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Please note this excursion is not available for Carnival cruise guests.

Where we meet

For the St. Maarten Open Air Bus Sightseeing Cruise Shore Excursion, you will meet just a 3 minute walk from you St. Maarten cruise ship terminal. All necessary details will be printed on your Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket.

Excursion Restrictions

  • This excursion is suitable for all ages.
  • All underage guests must be accompanied by an adult/guardian participating in the same excursion.
  • Infants are free but must sit on the lap of an adult.
  • Guests are not allowed to stand up on the upper deck as the bus is moving.
  • The bus can't accommodate motorized wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • This excursion is only available for cruise guests.

Excursion FAQ

  • You want to cancel at any time, for any reason, before or after your arrival. Simply contact us via email [email protected] within 14 days of your missed excursion date for a deposit refund.
  • Your ship arrives into port late and you cannot make it in time to the meeting location.
  • Your ship misses/skips the port.
  • Weather conditions or equipment failure prevents the operator to run the excursion.
  • A medical problem prevents you from safely participating in the excursion (we will verify with the tour operator or guest may send doctor's note).
  • Cancellations that do not comply with the above may not be subject to refund. Guests must notify us within 14 days after their excursion date via email for requesting a refund of booking payment made to Shore Excursioneer.
  • Refunds may be subject to a service charge fee as determined by the payment processor, please refer to Terms and Conditions for more information.

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St. Maarten Open Air Double Decker Sightseeing Bus Excursion Experiences

This excursion is available to everybody and specially designed to accommodate passengers of the following cruise lines.

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St. Maarten Open Air Double Decker Sightseeing Bus Excursion Reviews

Enjoy the charm and scenery of this dual-personality island onboard an open-air double-decker sightseeing bus. Visit the most recommended highlights of St Maarten Island!

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Transportation

We welcome you to come and enjoy the time of your life with us. The goal is for you and your family to have fun, and more fun, in the sun. Our amazing tours will educate you and your family with valuable information about our beautiful friendly Island of  St. Maarten/St. Martin. After spending your day at Red Rose Island Tours and Transportation, you and your family will leave St. Maarten/St. Martin with an abundance of knowledge and memorable scenery of our beautiful island.

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This tour is highly recommended! Dennis our tour guide was excellent! Great Vibes and Up beat!

Dennis from Trinidad

I booked Red Rose Transportation for our 5 day stay in SXM. The professionalism and promptness during booking was absolutely amazing. All of my questions were answered. We had Dennis as our driver and I cannot thank him enough. He was ALWAYS on time and took us wherever we needed to go. He always made sure we were settled in at all of our stops before he left. We were a group of 7 women and we always felt safe with him. He was very professional and polite and also very knowledgeable and gave us so much information about the island. Dennis we cannot thank you enough and hope to book and tour with you again when we return.

Ashley Radcliff

I was so happy with everything about Red Rose. Kathy was very quick to respond to phone calls, emails. She made the reservation process very simple. The driver Dennis was fantastic! He was waiting exactly on time and at the prearranged location. He was so friendly, excited, and joy to be around. When my wife and I realized that we didn't have closed toe shoes to go zip lining, he made sure to take us to a store in Marigot so that we can get our shoes and make it to the zip line. We had such a blast with him. I would whole-heartedly recommend Red Rose to anyone that comes to visit St Martin.

Sho Shimamoto

Thank you Dennis and Kathy for being there for us during our long weekend filled with shopping and dining. Friendly, patient and professional! We look forward to calling on you again!

What an awesome tour. We did the best prime tour with Dennis as our tour guide and he was great. Being a native of the island, he knew all the history and he was so pleasant. Thank you for a great day.

Denise and Ed Phillips

The tour was fantastic, and we liked Kathy's excitement and energy, making it one of the finest tours we had on our cruise! We will absolutely call you the next time we are in St Martin. Thank you very much!

Jermain Charles

Dennis, our driver and tour guide shared his passion for the island and water, gave us excellent private tour of St Maarten/St Martin.

ROY VAN ARSDALL

The Short and Sweet review: Red Rose Transportation is top notch and will be my number 1 choice for all my future trips to Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin. (Full review below) The Full Review: Kathy runs a great transportation and tour guide company. Her driver Dennis was amazing with funny anecdotes of his life on the island as well as his deep knowledge of island history and culture. We came on this trip with no schedule. Kathy and Dennis were able to provide us excellent recommendations on what to do with expert service for my large family and friends of 11 people. To start with they picked us up at the airport with a sign and a smile. We had a 1 hour wait for our last person to arrive. Dennis took us to a great restaurant near the beach where we could watch the planes fly into the airport and get a quick snack. Each pick up and drop of time they were early and ready. Always willing to wait the extra 15-30 minutes so we were never rushed. Dennis also save our group from being lost on a hike when we didn’t return to the pick up point on schedule. He hiked up into the hills and brought us back before we got profoundly lost. Through Red Rose Tours we were enjoyed Mullet Bay Beach, Ziplining thrills, Iguana Park, hike to the Natural Pool, and Orient Bay Beach. Exceptional service at a reasonable price.

Ken T. Yang, MD - tourist from USA

Tell us more: Had a great time seeing and learning about the island!! Dennis was our guide and made the excursion fun and interesting! We give Dennis and Red Rose Tours out highest recommendation!

booked a brief tour of SXM and Dennis was an awesome guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the Island and it's history. Highly recommend taking a tour with Red Rose.

Dee pittman

We had the most AMAZING day with our guide, Dennis. He was so personable and even refilled the cooler when we were at the beach. Extremely knowledgeable and felt like he was just part of our family. We travel frequently and always hire private tours/drivers. This one, with Dennis, was the ABSOLUTE BEST that we have EVER experienced out of 60+ private tours that we have been on. We were a little late getting off of the ship, but Dennis was there waiting for us with the sign with our name. He put our minds at ease the moment he hugged me hello. Cold beverages were waiting for us in the van and off we went on this beautiful adventure. Dennis made sure we got to Maho beach in time to see a large plane land and was so full of kindness that we didn’t want the tour to ever end. Seriously. You will not be disappointed!

Brandi Damewood

Highly recommend!! We booked transportation to Loterie Farm from our cruise ship and back. They arrived on time. We also got a small tour of the island on our way over to Loterie Farm. So much interesting information!! The van was nice, clean and temperature controlled. On the way back they made an extra stop at the dutch/french line for us to take pictures and view the monuments. Wonderful friendly staff. Budget friendly prices too. Will definitely use again when we return.

Rachel Hawkins

Disclaimer:

Your ship arrival time, traffic, weather conditions and other uncontrolled forces of nature can cause some itinerary changes or even cause tours to be canceled and fully refunded. In the event of such, we reserve the right to substitute all stops with other stops to guarantee you a fun-filled time and experience.

In the event of such, we reserve the right to substitute all stops with other stops to guarantee you a fun-filled time and experience.

Things to consider bringing along with you; beach bag or backpack, beach towel, sneakers, slippers, dry clothing to change, camera, sunscreen, umbrella and a face full of smiles.

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Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Dive into St. Martin’s Water Paradise!

Pilot your own watercraft in a guided 3 hour snorkeling adventure.

You don’t need any experience to tame this beast! Captain St. Martin’s original, one and only, multi-award winner interactive tour.

Get ready for a thrill of a lifetime ride that is safe, sturdy and tons of fun on your very own Rhino Rider watercraft!

Journey along St. Martin’s coastline to one of our two destinations. Snorkel at a designated snorkel destination with pristine turquoise waters or soak up at sunny Happy Bay secluded beach.

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Four tours offered

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Snorkeling tour

Snorkeling Destination | French Side Beach | Bar & Snacks

Pilot your own watercraft as our veteran guides escort you on a short and exhilarating boat trip through the coastline’s protected waters to the French side. A must-see destination for any Caribbean vacation, it features some of the best snorkeling SXM has to offer with its diverse ecosystem of coral reefs and colorful fish.

Destination:

Snorkel site

Tour delight:

Snorkel in the heart of the French side

The Ultimate Rhino Lunch Tour

Maho Beach | Plane Spotting | Underwater Museum | Snorkeling Cupecoy Beach Caves | Exploration/Photos | Mullett Bay or Simpson Bay | Lunch, Beach Chairs, Water Toys and Relaxation

Embark on our most popular adventure, The Ultimate Rhino Tour, a 4-hour getaway packed with excitement. Enjoy mega yacht viewing in the marina, thrilling plane spotting at Maho Beach, and a serene stop at Cupecoy Caves and Beach.

Indulge in a unique lunch experience on the water or in the provided beach chairs and umbrellas at a serene beach destination, where we will provide you with water toys and floats, at no extra charge, as part of your package. Join us for the Ultimate Rhino Lunch Tour, exploring the most popular destinations of Sint Maarten, including the infamous Maho Beach for plane spotting!

4-hour getaway

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Beach Getaway

to Happy Bay | Friars Bay

As you drive your own Rhino Rider on a fast-paced boat trip along the coastline’s protected waters, your experienced guide will escort you to happy bay, one of the most beautiful and secluded of St. Martin’s beaches. Snorkel off the shore in pristine turquoise water, stroll on the powdery white sand, or just relax in the shade of a palm tree. No Caribbean holiday is complete without a beach getaway.

Happy Bay/Friars Bay

Visit the most beautiful beach on St. Martin

Customized Tours

Private groups | Charters

From a basic private boat tour to a unique tailor-made St. Martin experience, we have something for everyone! The perfect option for corporate events, wedding groups, or family reunions. Customize your own speed boat excursion with lunch on the beach, snorkeling through the Caribbean sea, watching the planes land at Maho, or anything else you can dream of! Witness the best that St. Martin has to offer, with a custom Rhino Safari!

Create your own adventure

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9 Best Things To Do In St. Maarten During A Day In Port

W hile I had visited St. Maarten many times on cruises, I had never left for a cruise from this port until I sailed with Windstar Cruises. My husband Eddie and I flew into St. Maarten and used the ship’s transfer to shuttle us to a hotel; we wanted to be sure to dodge any unexpected change of travel plans before cruising the following afternoon. There was time to experience a little more of the dual-nation island than in the past, which was a nice change of pace. Here is what we found to be the best things to do in St. Maarten during a day in port.

St. Maarten, Dutch ( Netherlands ), and St. Martin, French, make up the two-nation, 37-square-mile island in the Lesser Antilles Archipelago.

I was hosted by Windstar Cruises on a press trip. All reviews and opinions are 100 percent unbiased and my own.

1. See The Marigot Waterfront

St. Maarten’s capital, Marigot, has many boutiques and quaint outdoor French cafes, bistros, and sushi restaurants. Colonial buildings, plus some contemporary, are situated between pastel-colored shopping arcades.

Shopping and dining — named some of the best in the Caribbean — are primo at this picturesque location. You’ll find Rosemary’s Seafood and Creole Cuisine, a restaurant written about in major magazines and books, such as Travel + Leisure and Lonely Planet .

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the sculpture of the Market Woman, done by local artist Martin Lynn and dedicated to the St. Martin Market Women. It is one of St. Martin’s most recognized works of art.

2. Arrive Early

Arrive on the island of St. Maarten — often written Sint Maarten — a day before your cruise, so you have a chance to unwind and enjoy the starting point a bit. We stayed at the Homage Hotel & Residences , a modern hotel on the French side, St. Martin, with a huge bedroom and well-lit bathroom. Tropical paintings, vibrant colors, and accent pieces really made our room pop. A small patio with lounge chairs was right outside our room through sliding glass doors, which led right down to the sand. We were steps from the beach. 

The Homage Hotel had a stunning infinity pool and plenty of space to wander with social distance. Be prepared to feel like you’ve been transported somewhere amazing during your stay here. Palm trees were plentiful, and the entire resort was covered with unique artwork and sculptures. The Homage had an onsite restaurant and bar, which was good since nothing was very close to us. Eddie and I thoroughly enjoyed the tropical vibe, cute spots to hang out along the waterfront, and the chill-out Ibiza music playing throughout.

3. Explore St. Martin

The french side of the island.

St. Martin has a totally different feel and vibe from its counterpart, St. Maarten. Eddie and I had a great night out here with new friends we’d made at the hotel who were also going on our cruise. We took a cab to Marigot for dinner at Be Kool . The restaurant sat on the waterfront and was in an excellent location. We each had a bowl of French onion soup, luscious and rich. My main course was a fantastic pork tenderloin with mushroom sauce. 

You won’t want to miss the high-end retail and fancy designer shops in the daytime and the open-market bazaar in St. Martin. There are also vendor stalls with fresh produce, locally-made jewelry, and clothing to meet your shopping needs.

Pro Tip: Please note that this area, like much of the United States, is experiencing a worker shortage, so be prepared to spend 2+ hours at dinner.

4. Take An Island Tour Of St. Martin

We had quite a bit of time to kill after disembarking our Windstar Cruises ship before heading to the airport, so we signed up for the 3-hour, post-cruise island tour. Our guide was fantastic — full of knowledge and fun, relatable facts, plus cheery and happy-go-lucky. We made a loop of the entire island and had several photo-ops and free time opportunities. 

The group spent 25 minutes or so strolling around Marigot at our own pace. Use this time to grab a French pastry, baguette, or great cup of coffee. We had around 45 minutes to explore downtown Phillipsburg . This is where many large cruise ships come into port, so there are plenty of things to see and do. We found an Indian restaurant on a side street off Front and had a delicious meal. For a bonus, there was free WiFi and the owners were very gracious for our business.

Pro Tip: Yacht racing is popular in St. Martin — you will see plenty of pricey vessels worth a photo.

5. Downtown Phillipsburg

Downtown Phillipsburg has 16 blocks of nearly everything you could wish to purchase duty-free, mostly jewelry, clothing, electronics, and shoes. I found the charming little courthouse to be a nice change in scenery, looking like it was transported from New England .

Voorstraat has casinos — slots, blackjack, and roulette — and duty-free shops, plus a Hard Rock Cafe that unfortunately closed and broke my heart as I was craving a juicy cheeseburger.

On the beach side of Great Bay, you’ll find the cool boardwalk, an excellent place to enjoy the salty air, people-watch, and buy souvenirs. Popular souvenirs include magnets, postcards, tote bags, rum, and tropical clothing. It was Christmas on our visit, and Heineken had a Christmas tree display for a big event that topped all holiday decorations for the whole trip.

Pro Tip: There are some fun murals to see around downtown Phillipsburg, too. 

6. Phillipsburg Marketplace

Front Street, which runs along the eastern Caribbean Sea’s waterfront in Phillipsburg, the Dutch side of the island, is lined with flags, street lamps, and pure white sand beaches. Market stalls, or kiosks, offer all sorts of handmade goods at the Phillipsburg Marketplace, such as license plates, jewelry, toys, and t-shirts. 

If tablecloths excite you as they do us, check out Mr. Tablecloth Too , with custom-made pieces, placemats, and table runners. Lace is an artform on this island, and the delicate pieces make one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 

Pro Tip: While prices are negotiable, I encourage you to not barter and support the locals who rely on tourism to put food on their tables.

7. Go Fishing

St. Maarten is a year-round fishing destination, so use your time to charter a boat and try it. Or even go deep-sea fishing, which is an option with Viator , a TripAdvisor company that I’ve used around the world. Sailfish and marlin are popular during the summer months, while kingfish, wahoo, and mahi-mahi are highly sought after. 

8. Enjoy The Beaches

Cruise ships dock at A.C. Wathey Pier, in Dutch St. Maarten. It is referred to as the “St. Tropez of the Caribbean.”

St. Martin boasts the most famous beach on the island, Orient Beach. Expect frolicking sunbathers ; ladies in colorful clothing, selling over-priced goods and offering to braid your hair; and tasty, cosmopolitan restaurants on the beach with the best beef carpaccio you’ve ever tasted. 

If you wish to enjoy a day at the beach, look no further. Bring some cash to reserve a lounge chair and umbrella, should you desire, and feast your eyes on the magical crystal blue water and often the athletic youngsters playing volleyball or chasing waves. Orient Beach is continually voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

I will alert you that there is a clothing-optional beach, so be prepared. It is somewhat on the edge of Orient Beach and in the Club Orient section. Don’t expect big parties there or something MTV-worthy, as these are primarily people just dabbling in naturalism. Please do not use a camera, and respect their privacy.

While St. Martin has Orient Beach, St. Maarten has an exciting opportunity that is unmatched anywhere in the world. You can watch the airplanes land at Princess Juliana International Airport on Maho Beach. And by watching, I mean you can feel the force of the wind from the planes so strongly that you may need to brace yourself. Sandblasted is what they call it. The airport sits along the beach, with a mountain on the other side. 

For a quieter option in St. Maarten, consider going to Mullet Bay Beach, perfect for snorkeling and enjoying water sports. Fun fact: The island has a whopping 37 beaches in total. 

Pro Tip: Order a famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada. This three-ingredient drink is made from Guavaberry liqueur (the island’s national liqueur), cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. 

9. Go Horseback Riding

It’s always a thrilling opportunity to ride horses on the beautiful sandy beaches, so why not check off this bucket list activity while you are here?

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This article originally appeared on TravelAwaits

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