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St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

1. St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

Enjoy a 4.5-hour circular tour of the French and Dutch sides of St. Maarten (St.Martin), and experience a true Caribbean welcome. You will drive northeast to Dawn Beach and Oyster Bay, crossing one of the symbolic borders before stopping at Corilita Natural Reserve for breathtaking views of the tropical wilderness. Continue to the viewpoint overlooking Orient Beach. Then, relax on one of the most serene beaches at Grand Case. Stroll along a pure white shore, or swim in the turquoise waters. Grand Case is the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, and you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine for lunch. Try some scrumptious Johnny Cake - a fried cornmeal pancake - or other traditional dishes. Now it’s time to shop in Marigot, the charming capital of St. Martin, where a lovely French atmosphere unfurls along colonial streets and the open-air bazaar. Next, explore the upscale area of Lowland, crossing another border back to the Dutch side to reach Maho Beach. Watch as the jumbo jets fly low over the sand to land at Princess Juliana International Airport. Your tour ends with a drive past Simpson Bay, stopping at Cole Bay Hill for one last picturesque view. If you wish, you can be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own, instead of returning to the port.

Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

2. Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

Feel your adrenalin soar as you focus your camera on jumbo jets just feet above your head, coming in to land at the Princess Juliana International Airport. Experience five hours at the beach with some extreme plane spotting! Start out with a drive from the St. Maarten cruise port along the Great Salt Pond. Take in aerial views of the island from Cole Bay Hill. See the nearby islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla as well. When you arrive at Maho Beach, the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has the flight arrivals listed on a surfboard so you don’t miss a landing. A live feed of the communication between the airport control tower and the arriving aircraft is aired as well.

St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

3. St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore untouched beaches, scenic vistas, and duty-free shopping. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and climb aboard a bus with a dynamic, entertaining guide and see the highlights of St Maarten on this daytime tour. Visit nearby mountain tops for stunning views of downtown Phillipsburg, Margot, and some of the neighboring islands. Experience the best of St. Maarten in one day, with a private guide for just you and your family or group. Enjoy the guide's full attention as you travel around St. Maarten and avoid overcrowded tours. See St. Maarten and enjoy sightseeing, learn the area's history, get your pictures taken with the gorgeous island views in the background, and do some fabulous duty-free shopping. Eat lunch at a delicious local restaurant, and then move on to swim/relax at Mullet Bay, one of the best beaches in St. Maarten, or decide on any beach of your choice! Do whatever your heart desires and take advantage of the freedom to stay as long as you like at any points of interest.

St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

4. St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

Following pick-up from the cruise port at Philipsburg, transfer to Orient Beach to discover the longest beach in St. Maarten. Orient Beach boasts a wide range of beach bars and restaurants, all within easy reach of the sand. Take advantage of water sports facilities (own expense) such as jet skis, sailboats, paragliding and kids activities. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pristine, clear blue waters. You will have 2 hours at Orient Beach before the transfer to Maho Beach. Arrive at Maho Beach at approximately midday, just in time to see the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 come into land at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. The huge planes will fly just a few meters over the beach for a thrilling spectacle. With 2 hours at Maho Beach, you will automatically become a guest of the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill. Here you can enjoy a cocktail or tasty lunch (own expense). Listen to the live feed of the control tower communicating with the approaching aircraft. Sit back and relax and feel the cool breeze of the Caribbean Sea. Stroll along the pure white sand and get lost in the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.  Then transfer back to your hotel or the cruise port, having achieved the official status of a St. Maarten beach bum!

St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

5. St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

For the ultimate St. Maarten sightseeing tour, book a private driver/guide and explore the Caribbean island to your own specifications. Create your own itinerary and indulge in all the unique attractions that the colorful destination has to offer. Coupled with shopping at boutique stores, stops at soft white sand beaches, and visits to historical landmarks, your driver/guide will share a wealth of local knowledge. Discover the best places to go swimming and snorkeling. Learn where you can fly over the jungle canopy on a zipline. Go to the beach at Maho to experience the unique drama of the planes coming into land. And try some authentic St. Maarten cuisine in Grand Case. Your personal guide will help you put together a must-see and must-do list of activities, to make sure you get to explore the island just the way you want to.

St. Maarten: Private Island Sightseeing Tour

6. St. Maarten: Private Island Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a private half-day tour that caters to your group only. You will get a private vehicle and have the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary for the day. Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay at each location. It's all up to you and your guide will cater to all of your needs for the day. Cover the island's top attractions on both the Dutch and French sides. If you wish, check out the beaches and locations like Great Bay, Cole Bay Hill, Orient Beach and Marigot. Visit Sunset Beach to see planes flying in close range. Enjoy the personal attention of a private guide who can tailor the itinerary to suit your preferences.

Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

7. Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

Feel the jet blast from aeroplanes just meters above your head with this trip to the iconic Maho Beach. The tour starts at 9:00 AM with pickup from the cruise ship port or your hotel, where you’ll be greeted by your welcoming guide. The first stop will be at Maho Beach, famous for its position right next to the airport runway. This is a rare opportunity to see aircraft flying just a few meters above the sand. Continue to the stunning Harold Jack monument, the perfect spot to take in breathtaking views over Cole Bay. Throughout the tour, you’ll be provided with refreshments of beer, soda, water, or guava berry rum punch (a local favorite) so you can keep hydrated as you take in the unique sights. At approximately 1:00PM you’ll be dropped off back at the port or at your hotel in Philipsburg. 

Saint Martin: Sightseeing, Shopping and Orient Beach Tour

8. Saint Martin: Sightseeing, Shopping and Orient Beach Tour

Explore the island of Saint Martin on a private 4-hour tour. The first stop will be Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch part of the island. Here you can visit Front Street, which is great for shopping. Or simply stroll through town at your own leisure. You can also visit the boardwalk, a lively area within sight of the cruise ship dock. The second stop will be on cole bay hill.This stop permits your group a panoramic view of simpson bay lagoon. The third stop will be at Marigot, the capital of the French side of the island. Great shopping and delicious cuisine are available here. Find amazing souvenirs, or stop at a local restaurant for some lunch. The final stop is the popular Orient Beach, in the French territory. Numerous water sports are available for purchase here, to suit all ages. You can relax on the beautiful white sand beach or swim in the crystal clear water.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The tour was spontaneously booked 2 days in advance as part of a cruise. Our driver from Amigo-Tours was waiting punctually. at the agreed EDC car park, which is a 5-minute walk from the cruise terminal. We had coordinated the start directly in advance via email with Amigo-Tours. A comfortable, well air-conditioned and super clean van for 12 people awaited us 4 people. The driver Kenny responded to all our requests, showed us all the points on St. Maarten and explained a lot about the island and added interesting things. There were chilled drinks (rum punch, soft drinks) and we were able to go on a private 2-hour exploration tour in Marigot as requested. The deviations in the duration of the tour between the announcement and the execution of 1 hour were regulated by GYG in a friendly, uncomplicated and very customer-friendly manner. We were super satisfied and can fully recommend GYG and Amigo Tours. Gladly again and again :-)

This was the BEST tour of St.Maarten EVER and we have been there 10 previous times. Sunita was truly amazing. We learned more than ever. Saw things we never saw. Learned things we never knew. Saw the iguanas, both sides of the island. Visited Orient Beach. Went to Maho Beach and watched planes land overhead. By far the absolute best tour ever. And it was just our party of 7 in a great new well maintained van. Would never visit St Maarten again without a Sunita tour !! Worth every penny and then some. Fabulous service. Awesome communication from the minute we booked. Just top notch from beginning to end!!!

We were the only ones picked up by a minibus. The driver tells us something about St. Martin and the Antilles in English. Once there, a pick-up time was agreed upon and the driver was there on time. We read and then drop off in the city center and he explained the way back to the ship.

The most outstanding guide on the island. You can't go wrong! He is friendly, full of information on the island, and knows all the best places to go no matter what your preferences are. This guide was wonderful!

The driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He found us a great little restaurant for lunch, where we dined with several other people on the tour.