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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.

St. Maarten: Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear Cays

2. St. Maarten: Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear Cays

Enhance your St. Maarten holiday with a full-day sail to the gorgeous and unspoiled islands of sun and sand – Prickly Pear. The Lambada has a 17-year history of boat fun, family gatherings, and an outstanding crew. This is always a top-ranked excursion. Departing from Simpson Bay Resort, the Lambada sails down the coast of St. Maarten and across the Anguillan channel with a heading bound for Prickly Pear Cays. The 16-mile trip from St Maarten is about an hour and 45 minutes. After snorkeling the reefs at Prickly Pear, enjoy a tasty meal at Johnno's Prickly Pear. Choose the BBQ chicken, fish, or ribs, and then enjoy some free time beach combing, swimming, or relaxing in the sun. On the way back to St Maarten, anchor off Mead's Bay for a refreshing dip before pulling up the sails for the trip back to Simpson Bay. During the nice leisurely sail back you’ll be treated to foot-tapping Caribbean rhythms and a tasty rum punch.

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: Half-Day Moon Dance Sailing Charter

4. St. Maarten: Half-Day Moon Dance Sailing Charter

Head off shore and explore St. Maarten on a half-day sailing charter. The Moon Dance leaves from Simpson Bay on a voyage of exploration of the St. Maarten coastline, its beaches, and some of the neighboring islands. You can choose to relax on deck and enjoy the beauty of the coastline, or help out and become a part of the crew. You can try your luck fishing with the poles available on board, or use the kayak to access the shore. Whatever you choose to do during the sail the views are guaranteed to be spectacular! Although lunch is not included in the price of the charter you’re welcome to bring along a lunch to enjoy on deck or to opt for a meal at the Lolo Shacks. Make the most of your stay and set sail on a Moon Dance charter!

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What people are saying about Philipsburg

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Fabulous day out on the catamaran, we visited 2 beautiful beaches and had plenty of time to swim and snorkel. Lunch was very good and drinks were flowing all day. The crew: Preston, Albert, Benjamin and Atiba made this adventure memorable. Highly recommended.

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.

The crew was the absolute best they were very attentive and made for an awesome trip I highly recommend this trip

Great time loved the islands water was amazing food good