Reviewer: Glenda Hickey
We chose this excursion because it was really good value ,to include a tour of both sides of St Maarten and a few hours on the beach . The instructions to find the start of the tour were easy to find and we were greeted by our tour guide,Douce who introduced himself . There were just 6 of us on the tour in a comfortable air conditioned mini bus and Douce informed us that we were welcome to enjoy his home made rum punch, which we certainly did several times! !The tour lasted about 4 hours and it was very informative with several photo stops on the way with a stop at a rum factory a market and finally stopping for 2 hours on a beautiful local beach . Compared to similar excursions offered by Royal Caribbean ,it was extremely good value and we wouldn’t hesitate to choose excursions offered by Cruise direct in the future
Reviewer: Phil Adams
Saw both sides of the island, and our guide did a great job of explaining the differences in the Dutch and French sides. Made several stops--scenic overlooks, beach (for lunch), shopping kiosks. Tour guide was very entertaining.
Reviewer: Mani Lopez
This was a pretty good tour that covered both the French and Dutch side of the island. Enjoying the local food at the beach stop is a must do.
Reviewer: Sue Bergquist
The St. Maarten tour was very good. Interesting to learn about the Dutch side and the French side. Enjoyed getting to spend a little time at the beach. Was a little disappointed by the beach surroundings.
Reviewer: Anne Nicholson
This was a great tour. Small vehicle with air con. No microphone - but as guide said "I'll use my preacher voice!" ..... and he did. Very easy to hear. We explored the Dutch side of island first taking in photo stops on this very interesting island. Then on to French side to markets - I bought a hat straight away as somehow I'd lost mine. Not a long stop here (thank goodness! - just the right amount of time. We went around to the other side of island to Orient Bay passing through the foodie area of Grand Case on our way. Orient Bay was sensational! This beautiful beach and the Bikini Beach Restaurant were both incredible. This was a great tour with time left over on our return before boarding ship to explore the boardwalk and beach at St Maarten Harbour.
Reviewer: Ben Whitaker
This was just what you would expect in an excursion. It was great in almost every aspect. Two things to mention which are not really negative are the tint on the windows that added a blue tint to my photos and a $10 charge for the lounge at the beach.
Reviewer: Granddad Mike
It was nice to see both sides of the island. The beach on the French side of the Island was beautiful...though it was sad to see the devastation from last years' hurricane still present.
Such a fun experience from booking with a very helpful, professional agent named(libra) she took the time to offer us the right tour for us as mother and child bonding. It was amazing from beginning to end. Thank you! Thank you.
Reviewer: Ronald Hart
Tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Mike Taelman
Since 90% of the island was hit by the 2 hurricanes , The excursion was a sight seeing trip of the devastation . It was very interesting but not a great beach tour .
Reviewer: Adele O'Hara
Was exactly what we expected. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Wanted to see what the rest of St Maarten looked like and to learn a little about the island which we did.
Reviewer: John & Karin Williams
He was joyful, knowledgeable, energetic, polite, proud of his Island and its people. He touched us by his and the Islanders, both French & Dutch sides,enthusiasm in the wake of the devastation. Count yourself blessed if your get him as your driver and guide.
Reviewer: Beth Sovacool
we especially liked the airport beach and bar.
Reviewer: Yvonne Beachum
I was very impress with our tour guide Rick. He was another person who knew his Island well. Gave us informative information. Great suggestions on where to go to eat, where to get our souvenirs. He was just an all around person. I can't talk enough about this excursion. He was attentive to everyone's need. I would go back to this Island again. Even though we saw destruction, we also saw repairs being made. Great time we had. Thank you.
The driver was friendly. Even provide a mini fridge with free drinks for everyone. Its easy to book. I will book more shore excursions group products in the future.
Reviewer: Angela Davis
My tour guide Deuces was very information and engaging with the passengers. Shopping was an experience for me. The beach was beautiful. I had a opportunity to enjoy the sun and sand.
Reviewer: J Slocum
We had a wonderful excursion. The driver was so accomodating and full of information. We were able to move at our own pace and enjoyed it all
Nel was our "tour guide, driver and protector". We saw quite a bit of the island and he gave a good history. There was a significant amount of residual hurricane damage, especially on the French Side, which limited our beach experience, but overall it was good.
Tour guide was excellent we enjoyed ourselves.
Reviewer: kathleen hance
Ship (royal Carib.) did not announce time change from ship to island where the excursion was to take place.. We were therefore 40 minutes late. The to excursion company was nice enough to drive us to the location where the tour was @ that time. The excursion was enjoyable. The driver knowledgeable & interesting. Several weeks earlier we were on a Norwegian cruise with a time change involved @ an island stop. They announced overhead the time change so all were notified
Reviewer: Cindy Stamper
Took the tour with Rick, he was great! Very personsonable and knowledgeable. He made the tour fun and exciting!!
Reviewer: Linda Cudnik
Very nice. Tour guide was great. Shopping was excellent
Reviewer: Hal Jones
The guide was funny and very informative about to island. Fryer beach was great.
Reviewer: Gary Robertson
The tour guide was excited about his job and the island. Still some storm damage but he was informative, enthusiast, funny, friendly. I can't saw enough about good thigs about him Would do it again.
Reviewer: Arnaldo Jose Giorgi
Excelente excursion , recorrio todos los lugares, muy bueno el guia, super recomendable
Reviewer: D Post
What a lovely area, I hope they recover well after the recent storms. :-)
Reviewer: Gennice Carter
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed the sights.
Reviewer: Lisa Fletcher
We loved this excursion. We got to see both sides of the island and hear the history of this fascinating arrangement in government. We had a great time in Marigot, opting to hike up to Fort Louis for the amazing view. But we still did a little shopping at the tent market. Orient Beach was amazing, and being at a resort with free bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms and delicious Guavaberry Daiquiris made for zero stress. Plus there are free beverages on the bus both soft drink and adult variety. Loved this excursion!
Reviewer: Anthony Picillo
This tour was exactly what we hoped it would be. Informational, educational, relaxing, breathtaking and fun. Rick did an excellent job keeping us safe and exploring the island. We traveled the French side and the Dutch side and stopped downtown at the market. He also gave us free rum punch, water, soda and beer. We stopped by Orient Beach, swam and ate lunch before we went back to the cruise ship. I would take this tour again and I would ask for Rick. Visited June 2017
Reviewer: Brenda Vollmer
Wonderful excursion. We were in a comfortable air conditioned van and Douce is an absolute gem. He was informative, well versed, timed all stops perfectly and we had enough time for pictures, shopping, and fun at the beach. Highly recommend this tour and our amazing Driver Douce!!!!
Reviewer: Mary LaMoreaux
Our tour guide Rick was very helpful and gave us nice stories as we traveled through the island, but the best part of this tour was the beach. Rick drove us to the middle of the beach, pointing out different places where we could get umbrellas and chairs and left us to our own to swim in the beautiful water or to get lunch, whichever we preferred. Very nich trip.
Reviewer: Nancy Horvath
What a great time we all had. Tour guide extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.
Reviewer: Beverly Eckhardt
We've never been to the Caribbean before and wanted to do shore excursions that would introduce us to each island. We learned about the culture, industry, history and government while touring this beautiful island. Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We booked prior to our cruise were surprised with a private tour, just the two of us. We enjoyed this very much!
Reviewer: S. L. grandy
May 3, great excursion to see french side of island and orient beach, beautiful. Thanks Rick you were great. Good sense of humour. Best regards, L. grandy, Canada
Reviewer: Christine Mitchell
I was with my family group totally 12 of us. The excursion was amazing, the driver great and the time in each area. The beach was awesome and the information about the island from the driver.
Reviewer: Mark E Zimmerman
There were 6 of us on this tour and we all enjoyed it. Our first time in St Maarten and a wonderful time there
Reviewer: Rodney Rager
We very much enjoyed this tour. The shopping portion on the French side was a little disappointing, but Orient beach more than made up for it. Our tour guide was the best. We really enjoyed his commentary and learned a lot about the island. Worth the money.
Reviewer: Gabe Franco
The entire tour, to include sightseeing, shopping and the Ocean Beach, was outstanding. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very professional.
Reviewer: Anthony Wicker
Nel our guide was very informative and he took us shopping and the beach this was a very good excursion would love to do it again
Reviewer: Gail Gilroy
Just a lovely Tour! Guide very knowledgeable, shopping was fun and a beautiful beach. Could not have asked for anything more!
This tour was fun! The guide was very estimable. The only issue is you really need more time on the beach! The shopping was a half an hour and the beach was an hour. Because of the time of day, once you got to the beach it was lunch so time spent was not really able to be spent enjoying the beach! Next time will do a beach excursionand skip the others even though the tour was interesting.
Reviewer: Andre Beaulieu
a bit short , wish we could visit the fortress
Reviewer: Andre Beaulieu
very informative tour with bus driver OK , nice beach etc..
Reviewer: Lorraine Goudreau
Our Tour Guide "Douce" was knowledgeable, friendly, and went above and beyond expectation. He showed us sights that were absolutely spectacular. We wanted to see Orient Beach but did not want to spend too much time there. Douce accommodated our wishes. I wanted to put my feet into that gorgeous water. We spent 10 minutes there and I did what I'd wanted to do. We would recommend Douce as a guide to everyone. Thank You!
Reviewer: Rick Ridley
Awesome place, great tour, tour guide was very knowledgeable, would definitely return.
I thought the tour of St. Maarten was the best. The island was the nicest of the islands visited. The beaches were very beautiful. Our driver went out of his way to make it interesting and nice.
Reviewer: Laird Miller
St. Maartens is unique, being half Dutch and half French. The tour started on the Dutch side where most of the business are, and then progressed toward the French side, stopping a viewpoints along the way. On the French side we encountered armed police - for what purpose we did not know. We also ran into a bad traffic jam that was blocking traffic coming toward us. It was caused by a disabled bus but there were no police anywhere to direct traffic. The trip was worthwhile so that we could witness how the two halves of the island interact; however, not much in the way of scenery.
Reviewer: Andrea Hedrick
Our tour of the island was great. Our driver/tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable of the histories of both countries of St. Martin. I would definitely recommend this tour.
This was an excellent tour. Nel, our guide was very informative, funny and hospitable. The sites were amazing, from the harbour for shopping to swimming in the ocean and having lunch outside on the beach, you just couldn't beat it. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lorie P
Just what we expected. Just enough time on the beach and fun shopping in the little market.
Reviewer: Elaine Zaleskin
Pleasant tour guide offering cold water and rum punch on a comfortable air conditioned bus... Just enough time for sightseeing and shopping, but would have like just a little more beach time, but do understand we had a schedule to keep.
Reviewer: Jim Moran
WOW. Our driver was very knowledgable and took us on quite the tour. We had a brief shopping tour in St. Maarten's only due to the timing of some late arrivals on the bus. The stop in Marigot was great and could have been longer - BUT - the stop and playing at the beach in Orient is well worth the rest of the tour. The Gavaberry Rum was terrific. This was by far the best tour we had and can't wait to visit the island again. Thank you.
Very enjoyable and informative land tour and driver
Reviewer: Patrick L
Took 5 island cruise in Caribbean. Best excursion out of all others that we went on. Beach visit was spectacular.
Reviewer: L. Healey
Nice comfortable tour. Informative and not too crowded. Great beach!
Reviewer: Stephanie Lewis
When we arrived to our tour, it turned out that it was just me and my husband as the other guests didn't arrive; it turned into our own private tour! Our tour guide was fantastic and was pointing out every stop and feature of St. Maarten! We stopped by the border of both St. Maarten and St. Martin was very cool! We stopped off at Orient Bay for some swimming which had breath taking views! We did some shopping along our way in different markets; this gave us a taste of what St. Maarten was like! Fabulous tour and tour guide! Can't wait to visit St. Maarten again!
Reviewer: Reba Rosshardt
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour of St Maarten...it gave us bit of everything we wanted to experience including a bit of snorkeling!
Reviewer: Lazaro M. Alfonso
Somebody who really knows how to relate and please people. Had great time listening to the history of the island. Very entertaining and wished it would have been longer
Reviewer: Jacqui Johansen
Nice excursion, lovely scenery, beautiful beach, very pleasant, knowledgeable driver/guide. Unfortunate that it was on a Sunday, so we missed out on the whole quaint French part stop.
Rick our driver and guide provided us with a variety and pleasurable knowledge of the area history and was a great driver! Our tour encompassed the hole island. We had wonderful views from phot areas and good shopping tips at one of the stops in Marigold, His beach stop saved us some money and loved his recommendations for drinks
Reviewer: Annette Albert
Great tour to get a quick overview of St Martten/St Martin. Tour guide Mel, was very knowledgeable about the island. Small tour group of 4 made this almost a private tour. Loved it!! Highly recommend !
Excellent tour, felt well taken care of.
Reviewer: Dick Corkum
The van was comfortable and the sites were really fun to see.
Reviewer: Aloysius Ling
The direction to get to the tour guide was easy to follow. We were in a small group which is just fine. The tour guide was knowledgeable. Tour began on time and ended with plenty of time to get back to the ship. Went to both the Dutch and French sides of the island. Spent an hour in Orient Bay Beach, which was fantastic. We did some window shopping. Recommended it.
Reviewer: Dave Amiss
Trip was in a small bus but well Air-Conditioned with free sodas, beer, and water. Guide was excellent, non-stop talking explaining many interesting things along the way. A couple of stops for Photo Ops and 1hr in Marigot to browse shops etc. Then 1.5 hours at a nice beach. (Just say NO to locals selling on beach and they move on) We were on a Carnival cruise but chose this because it seemed to offer more in longer time than Carnival. Guide would often mention the 4.5 hour tour BUT we were back at port after less than 3hr 40mins. Would have enjoyed more time on beach to get BOTH a swim/relax, and some lunch/excellent local drink.
Got to do the perfect amount of sightseeing, picture taking, shopping, swimming in the gorgeous ocean water and lunch! Thank you!
Reviewer: Sheryl Good
This was a great tour. Shopping time was just right and we enjoyed the beach time. We ate lunch there and it was good. The driver was pleasant, knowledgeable and made our trip pleasant.
Reviewer: Larry Degenfelder
Our driver was very informative about the island. We enjoyed lunch at Orient Beach.
Reviewer: john evans
good evening, and I thank you, the tour was was exciting and it was enjoyable. the driver whose name is rick, I called him slick rick, because he was good and right on target. he reminds me of me. lol, I told everyone back home how exciting the tour was and I will do it again if I ever travel back to st. maarteen again. my fiancÈe michelle and her daughter was there also and they enjoyed themselves also. the shopping was also great, I just love the place and its different from the Bahamas. thank you again RICK and continue doing wat you do best, DRIVER AND TOUR GUIDE. GOD BLESS YOU AND SHORE EXCURSIONS.
We had fun for the most part. Had fun a the shopping part. Bought some beautiful watches. Beach was beautiful.
Reviewer: Woody Brooking
My wife and myself used Twin Island Excursions about five years ago and enjoyed it so much. The group is small, making it more personable. RICK, our tour guide both times, told a lot of history about the Island. He gives time for you to take pictures at the stops, also taking pictures of you in it for you. Unlimited drinks were provided with the trip. Would I go again with them, YES. Thank you RICK for a GRRREAT TIME.
We went on this excursion with our 4 adult children. It had a good mix of activities. The guide was informative and personable. The beach was beautiful.
the experience was wonderful not impressed with theresyaurant we stopped at service was poor there
Reviewer: Deborah Broadnax
The shore excursion had something for everyone. Philipsburg is such a beautiful place; the tour was great, shopping was good and to end it at the beach wonderful because we had a beach person with us.
Ricky was more entertaining than late night TV hosts. We were very happy with this tour although it was disappointing to see how St Maarten had changed in 25 years. They allow shopping time but there really isn't much to buy. Take the water craft back to the boat if you get off early and shop in town. Ricky made the excursion.
The tour was good but not great! Rick was a good tour guide. The beach time was great! Would have preferred to at least stopped for a short time at some of the sights for picture taking. Beverages provided were very good!
Reviewer: Margo Allen
Enjoyed this excursion the tour guide was a very good host and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Dolores kaplowitz
Great tour like small groups. The beach was our best stop and not for the sun but lunch was fabulous
Reviewer: Laura Rosa
Rick was our tour guide and was great! Very friendly and even had a cooler filled with drinks for all the enjoy for free. Rick was very informative and let us take our time at all the stops. The tour really hits all the hot spots including a stop at Orient Beach for about 1 1/2 hr. Would definitely recommend Rick and this tour when you are in St. Martin
Jimmy was an awesome tour guide!
Our tour guy is very nice and professional. It's a small group. We like the beach at Orient Bay.
We have taken many tours of the different islands but we really enjoyed this one. Our guide was wonderful and was able to answer any and all our questions or those of others on the cruise. A couple with disabilities was on our trip and our guide was not only kind but patient as well. The beach was beautiful and we enjoyed a dip in the ocean and a coctail there.
The guide was very knowledgeable, but the island did not seem to offer many activities. I would have liked to see the famous airport, but it was not part of the tour. We did go to another beach.
We had a wonderful time
Great guide. Beautiful tour
Reviewer: Don't know what you want.
Our tour guide was knowledgable and interesting. I feel like we know the island now. There was a great mixture of culture, history, shopping, and beach time.
Learned a lot about St. Maarten history. Love going to Mountain Top and having Banana Daiquiri.
Reviewer: Turtle Girl
This was a fun excursion, and we learned a lot about St Maarten. Jimmy, our guide was an A+. He made us feel like family, taught us a lot, and made us laugh. We stopped on the French side of the island and went to an authentic French bakery for a treat and a coffee. Yum! We also really enjoyed our 2 hours at a gorgeous beach. It was so beautiful there! We enjoyed swimming in the Caribbean so much, and you could rent chaises and umbrellas. There was also a bar and a restaurant on the beach if you wanted that or needed shade.
The driver did a great job and teaching us about the island. It would have been nice to be told how many different places we were going and the time frames. The beach was really terrific. We were supposed to go to a second shopping location on the way back but the bus was blocked from stopping, so he didn't. Some people complained and he took them back but they were on their own for getting back to the ship.
Enjoyable. Was on time but not hurried.
This was a outstanding way to see the Island of St Marrtin, a binational island. The griver/guide drove completely around the island, telling us about the history and culture with a stop at a lovely beach on St Marrtin, where we ate lunch. It would have been helpful to have a bit more information about the restaurants on the beach - we got lucky, picking one that was pretty good.
This really was a great trip. The deck hands really made it so much fun, easy to talk with, they were very funny and helpful The trip was awesome!
Very nice way to see both sides of the Island. Time is right to get everything done right. Only issue we had was we had to drop off a couple for another tour and that detour put us behind just enough to get caught with the draw bridge in town. Wasted more than 20 waiting in traffic till the bridge came down. Knowing the time it actually happens should of made them leave earlier or skip dropping off the other couple. It was a well worth tour to take.
Some interesting fun facts, pretty scenic stops for photos, comfortable seats and punctual. Too much time , however, standing around booth area with aggressive vendors, and when we arrived at Orient Beach for 90 minutes, he announced there were ""no seats"" for us, many of whom in 60s and 70s who could not sit in the blazing sun all that time. We trudged to a covered restaraunt and stayed there most of the time. A few of us sat on empty beach chairs to doff socks and shirts, but s guy ran up to us and yelled,"" fifteen dollars!!"" within seconds,so we left. We waited in the 6 inches of shade under a garage and then in some shops waiting for the driver, who arrived a bit late to the bus.
Reviewer: Pat Pat
The price and activities we wanted was there
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour around the Island of St.Maarten/St.Martin. See my comments posted on Trip Advisor. Jimmy was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about the Island. His delivery about the history of the Island was very interesting and kept our attention. We had two teenage girls with us and they were keen to listen as well. He stopped along the way to enable us to take some photos outside of the vehicle and we also were given a little time to shop. He provided us with a tasty rum punch before we got out to sit on Maho beach where we watched the planes pass overhead. That was a cool thing to do. When we returned to town, he referred us to a restaurant (Caribbean Blend) where we sampled the guava-berry daiquiri with a bite to eat.
Very nice day. Like the mix of shopping and the beach.
Knowledgeable tour guide - loved going to the top of St Thomas and the banana daiquiri's at the giftshop at the top were amazing!!! Thanks for taking us there!!!
Driver was very nice. Tour of St. Maraaten was very nice. Seeing the other side of the Island was pleasant. The only thing was that we didn't have long enough at Orient Beach to have lunch and enjoy the beach.
This excursion was very educational and enjoyable. Our tour guide, Jimmy, was the best! He explained everything and pointed out all the highlights of interest on both sides of the island. We would recommend this excursion highly.
our tour guide was great he was well versed in the history of the country and was great to listen to
I was late to start and missed the group. The staff called me a cab who got me up to the group. Excellent customer service. I was so happy to see the French side this time. Excellent day trip with beach!! Good for all ages! Go baby go!
This was a outstanding was to see the Island of St Marrtin. The narrated bus trip drove completely around the island, telling us about the history and culture as well as allowing us to do some shopping, and relaxing in the sun at one of the many beaches on St Marrtin. The bus was clean, comfortable, and well maintained. The narration was lively, informative, and very much enjoyable. This bus excursion was the highlight of our stay on St Marrtin.
Rick, our tour guide, was entertaining and knowledgeable. The tour around both St. Martin and St Maarten was as advertised, with the exception of not stopping to see Simpson Bay and the planes flying overhead. Maybe I mis-read the description. Quite an enjoyable day, especially the relaxing time at Orient Beach. I highly recommend this excursion.
Great value allowing us to experience the flavor and history of the Island in the limited time that we had ashore.
Reviewer: The Canucks
Great introduction to this interesting island.
Reviewer: Terry was fabulous!!
Our tour guide was great - fun and knowledgeable, had just the right amount of time at each stop. As this was our first trip to St Maarten, the tour was gave us a good taste of the island.
This was a wonderful tour and a great chance to see both sides of the island. The meeting place was a short walk from our ship. From the time we got to the meeting place till we were returned to the ship the entire tour was very well organized. The completely enclosed and air conditioned van was extremely nice, very comfortable, large panoramic windows and a sound system that made it easy to hear our guide, Rick He was very pleasant and extremely informative. He really knew a lot about the island's history and it's people. Even when we were caught in traffic behind a fender bender, he was never at a loss for words. Wonderful guide! He also brought drinks and rum punch to share. After driving across the island, our first stop was downtown on the French side. We enjoyed delicious pastries in a French bakery...yummm! After that we drove to Orient Beach where Rick directed us to the a wonderful outdoor restaurant. The food was delicious and the setting was awsome! The beach was just what you think a Caribbean beach should look like...the sand is pure white water is five different shades of blue. We only saw one person topless at our end of the beach, Rick told us they are supposed to stay at the other end, but some venture to our end. That said, I don't think I'd take children there. After a couple hours at Orient Beach, we returned to the Dutch side, again with Rick's running commentary which is what helped make the tour so interesting. He gave us the option of stopping downtown or going back to the ship. We chose downtown, which was fun and the walk back to the pier was only about 15 minutes. If you're not interested in walking, there are pedicabs, taxis and water taxis. We felt perfectly safe and we had not felt that way the day before in St. Thomas. This tour would probably not interest children. Rick's driving was so smooth that even those prone to car sickness would not have a problem.
Reviewer: SAugar Pie and M&M Man
Learned a lot about the island. Visited the different cultures
Reviewer: Trip around St Maarten
Excursion was good overall. Guides were good.
My husband enjoyed this tour. I was sick on the ship with Influenza A so did not make it....soo bummed, as I was really looking forward to it! He said the driver was wonderful and very accommodating - he brought my husband back early to the ship as he wanted to get back to me in case I was feeling better to be able to get off the ship. Would book it again.
good tour for the money. all aboard had fun and good time.
A good itinerary. Horrible transportation. Not too organized as far as where to pick up the bus. Good comments by the guide. Appreciated the cold drinks.
The guide was very interactive and gave us great information.
Reviewer: Mrs. W
Nice overview of island with time to relax at beach
A good sightseeing tour of both Dutch and French island. Relaxing lunch at a French beach. Good shopping tips by our guide. A climb up Fort Louis for those who wished. Altogether a relaxing and worthwhile experience.
Driver was very knowledgeable. He made the trip a great success.
Reviewer: The snacker
Covered the island well
The guide was very polite and knowledgeable and the tour was well organized. Unfortunately, we did not go to the most famous beach, the one attached to the airport where you can see the jet take off and land.
wonderful trip that I had during my whole vacation, organized, excellent tour guide, beautiful and historical places, nice beach. Time was not rush, so we could enjoy it. I will definitely recommend this product to my friends.
We purchased the St Martin tour outside of our ship's planned exertions. Everything worked out great - the only concern was finding the bus from the ship. It was hidden in the back, not where the directions told us to go.
Very good way to get a feel for the Dutch and French sides of the island. It was just a taste though, not enough time to check out the many interesting shops along the way. The tour guide was informative and humorous. Nice beach stop and lunch.
Fantastic guide, the most beautiful beach that we ever visited!
The excursion was well organized and our guide was fabulous. Very accommodating and knowledgable.
We wish the driver/guide interacted with the passengers instead of keeping to himself and simply blurting out island facts. No passengers were encouraged to ask questions and there was no feeling the driver was eager to banter with the passengers. Overall, my wife and I made the best out of the experience on our own. WE made this a success....not the driver and not the tour group.
Good tour. Got to see both sides of island and the guide gave good island history.
This was a very informative excursion. The time was well balanced between shopping and the beach.
This excursion package with our friends Allen and Ruth Levy was very worthwhile and the driver/guide was very knowledgeable--Mr. Flemming.
We enjoyed the comfort of an air conditioned bus tour starting by the pier on the Dutch side, crossing over to the French side with a stop for shopping and then on to lunch on the beach. Our driver/guide was very informative and entertaining.
Tremendous personality of tour bus driver
Reviewer: Allen and Ruth
Well informed guide Great experience.
A well-organized tour from start to finish. Driver/Guide was very well-versed on St. Marteen and took great pride in his tour.
Informative excursion description.. Would be helpful to have an idea as to how long we would be at each site. Wish we had more than 45 minutes in Marigot. Guide was very knowledgeable. Altho' there was info on meeting place, we still had to hunt for it -- would help to have a sign or something to help locate check in area.
Reviewer: The Lennoxes
Rick was a great guide, funny and informative. The time in Marigot was brief, but unless you really wanted to spend your day shopping, was just fine. The Kakao Beach Club was beautiful and delicious food. A good drive around the island, just enough time to see and get a sense of the place and the people. We enjoyed this very much.
Reviewer: Gee Gee
We had a great time.
The vehicle was clean and in good condition. The guide was polite and well informed.
A nice relaxing educational bus ride with a stop a a really nice beach resort. Fun and Sun.
Enjoyable half day tour
Reviewer: Janet Planet
Nice trip and guide was on time, and left on time. Nice shopping in Marigot, and lots of history and sights on the way. Guide was very informative. Took us to Orient beach French Restaurant, and rented chairs for the beach. Only reason I would not take the tour again is the ladies selling tourist items on the beach would not quit pestering us while in our chairs. Otherwise, great value, and wonderful rum punch, and beer on the bus.
Reviewer: Cheryl, retiree
Saw the island top to bottom. Driver even took us to see that crazy runway under the planes! What a beautiful place.
The tour was outstanding. This is my second trip to St Maarten. I learned something new this time.
Rick, our guide, was wonderful, knowledgeable, and very funny! I appreciate the history/culture he was able to share with our group. The van was air-conditioned, a little bit of a tight fit, but comfortable enough. I did not find the shopping in Marigot great; however, I was ""done"" shopping by the time I got to St. Marteen (last stop). I did not stop in Philipsburg to shop either. Orient Beach was nice and not very crowded while I was there. I found the water to be rough so I did not spend much time in it. I loved the leg massage with fresh aloe the female islanders were offering. Bargain for the price of the massage! The 4.5 hours went by fast and it was nonstop. I appreciate that I was able to experience the French and Dutch sides of the island.
Guide was terrific - great sense of humor - had us all laughing - great beach experience - beautiful!!
Beautiful Beaches............Wonderful Restaurant on the Beach w/delicious fresh fish and nice menu, enjoyed the area and scenery.
This was a great excursion for the price, offered a lot to do in just a few hours
I have been to St. Martin before; I wanted something a little different and this tour delivered. Our guide and driver was Rick. He had a great sense of humor and was a terrific guide. There were also drinks provided in the van. Lots of great photo ops. I enjoyed going to the clothing/souvenir market on the French side as well as spending some time at the beach. The beach had a restaurant where I had salade corse/Corsican salad. One of the best dishes I have ever had. A nice and relaxing experience in the Orient Bay gated community on St. Martin. Rick also had lots of adecdotes about life on both sides of the island.
It was wonderful and the driver had good knowledge of the history of the island.
Easy pick up right at the cruise pier. Comfortable, air conditioned bus for 24-26 people. Guide was very friendly, happy in his work and enjoyed showing us his island. The trip covered both side of St Martins with stops at an open air market, shops and a beautiful beach. Well organized tour and cold drinks were provided by the bus driver. Returned on time to the cruise pier.
We Really liked St. Maarten.
We got to experience both a nice taste of St. Maarten and one of the best beaches ever!!
This tour is a great combination. Who doesn't like to sightsee, shop, and go to the beach all in one day! Our tour guide (Rick) was awesome. Shore Excursions Group does not disappoint!
Reviewer: Gunner D
This tour was once again a small group which made for a much more enertaining and relaxed tour. The driver knew his island, and was ready willing and able to share his knowledge to us. The shopping was great as my girlfriend will attest, and the beaches were a wonderful way to relax. I would recommend this to anyone who wanta afun overview of the island.
Rick was a great tour guide. His narrative as we toured the island was very entertaining and informative. Wasn't that impressed with St. Martin though. It's all about tourism and not much else.
Would have preferred more time shopping and less time at the beach. Guide was informed but not necessarily interesting.
Reviewer: Jay Bird
It was our first time to St. Martin. The tour guide was Rick from Twin Island Excursions. This guy was the best. He was the complete package. Entertaining, educational, historian, photo guide, helpful with aged passengers, etc..
Reviewer: Kenny and Linda
Our Minivan tour of St Marteen began in the Dutch section and took us through the beautiful countryside to the French section at Marigot. My wife enjoyed shopping there, followed by lunch at a wonderful beach restaurant. The tour concluded in the Dutch section where we shopped and took photos. Very Enjoyable
Reviewer: Cruise Lover
Excellent guide and just the right amount of time on the bus... Could have used a tiny bit longer at the beach. Would do this one again.
Plenty of time to see the island and experience the cultural differences of both sides. Beach time could have been a bit longer, but we had a great time.
Reviewer: EJ the Travelers
It was nice to see the Dutch side and and French side of the Island as they are different. This was our first time to visit and it was very informative.
Our guide was the best. Also have great air conditioning vans. Real had a great feeling for the island.
We had a great time and will travel back to St. Maarten.
Reviewer: Making Moves
Ray from Twin Islands Tour was a great guide for this tour. Ray was not only knowledgeable but personable as well. I enjoyed experiencing both side of the island and time to shop. I'd recommend shopping at the end of the excursion. There is a wonderful gelato shop, local rum shop and much more. All within walking distance to the dock
This was a great tour. Unlike other buses, you could actually hear the guide over the speakers. The bus was air conditioned and comfortable. The two stops were at the local outdoor market/bazzar on the French side of the island in the downtown core, where you spend about an hour shopping (designed for tourists). Then you're off to Orient Bay (French side), with it's amazing clear white sandy beach. Beautiful. You spend about 1.5 hours there, then head back to the cruise ship, or get dropped off for more shopping near (walking distance=15 minutes) the port by the downtown Dutch side of the island. Did this excursion with 2 kids under 10 and 1 very mobile grandparent. Would have liked to spend a bit longer at the beach with the kids, hence the 4 out of 5 stars. Otherwise, very organized and good communication.
Flowers and grounds were well kept. Shopping in town was good.
Reviewer: Brownies mom
Very beautiful scenes i wish we had more time to see the island on our own.
Reviewer: John the senior
Very informational and great beach experience.
Reviewer: Big Joe
Walk off the pier and reps will be there to meet you and escort you to your air conditioned bus. You will sight see, shop at outdoor market, and visit Orient Beach. Then choose left or right for your bathing enjoyment. Because this tour goes in the morning, there is little problem of not getting back to the ship in time.
Reviewer: Joe Tourist
Reasonably-priced, excellent introduction to the island, fine lunch on the beach
Reviewer: Farm Girl
Finding the tour guides at the port was easy. The bus was big, comfortable, & the driver nice & friendly. He explained the division of the two counties that make up this one island with a lot of knowledge. He was always accommodating different passengers wants & needs. A pleasurable excursion.
Our time at St.Martin was very enjoyable. Our guide Jose'Jean was very good and new a lot about St. Martin. If the weather would have been better the time at the beach would have been better but other than that we will try and do your excursions the next time we visit.
Reviewer: doll lover
the bus driver waited on us a location so we rode a van to it as we got lost I thought that was excellent
This was your typical bus tour with beach time, was a little better than some.. Good bus with a/c.. Not many stops at ""local"" flea markets
Reviewer: Mappie the Cruiser
Enjoying the island in a small group was terrific. The tour guide/driver was very knowledgeable. Finding the tour departure point was a little difficult, since there were several tours in the area -- we had to inquire three or four times to find the correct location.
Lucius was a great guide. He was articulate with great enunciation. He was interesting, informative and entertaining. The hour and a half at the beach was anything but boring because there was so much going on to watch.
Referral to restaurant on French side - too expensive and service was TOO SLOW - took up almost the entire time we had at that location.
Good tour to see many places, including the nude beach. Experienced guide.
Reviewer: The Kid
Our guide was a fantastic expat from Texas who knew and loved this island and taught and exposed us to so much. He provided a great day of learning and personal connections with both sides of the island. He made the tour!!
This was my first time to St. Maarten, and will love to go back there again. It was a very educational tour, the tour guide was very fun and friendly. I would recommend this tour to a first-time visitor or older couples who don't like to do a lot of walking and prefer to have a motorized tour.
A confortable tour of both sides of the island! Beaches, great shopping and ..of course French Pastries, yum!
Reviewer: David and Lili
It was a fantastic tour around the Island. The tour Guide Jose was ""OUTSTANDING"" to say the least. His knowledge of the island and ability to engage with all of the customers went above and beyond.
Reviewer: Florida Ladies
Jose our tour guide was fantastic. He gave us so much information about the island. Jose answered all our questions and was entertaining. We had a great time.
Enjoyed this excursion very much. The transportation provided was very comfortalble and clean nad the driver/tour guide was very knowledgable.
Fun and relaxing
Me and my 10 year old son enjoyed this excursion. Great variety of everything included
Great tour by amazing tour guide. Everyone in the island is extremely friendly, all the locals are very helpful and the view and the beaches are awesome. Planning on going back real soon and spending more time on the island alone
Very well done excusion that gives you a good overall view of the island for someone like me who is a first timer at St. Marteen. Our tour guide and driver, I think his name was Lucian, was wonderful, both fun and knowledgeable. Great value too!
Reviewer: Phantom Drill
Lucious was great as a guide and driver!!!
Wonderful personable guide.
The bus was air conditioned
Enjoyed the shopping & sightseeing. The beach was great but was rough & there were many people walking around selling products. There was an additional charge for the beach chairs which was annoying.
One needs to know to bring cash for the shopping the venders didn't accept credit cards, for the price thought lunch would have been included.
Had a good time
The tour was informative and interesting. I enjoyed learning about the island's history and culture. The beach was beautiful. I did not enjoy the people on the beach trying to sell me something every 10-15 minutes. Everything else about the excursion was great.
Reviewer: Cruise Lover
We thought this was a wonderful tour and worth the time and money. It enabled us to see St. Maarteen from two different views. We enjoyed the time we were given on the French side by walking and tasting the French food, and we were thrilled at the time given at the beach for soaking up some sun.
Precise directions where to meet the tour guide; the guide was extremely helpful to all guests; one couple forgot about the meeting time and the guide did his best to accommodate everyone, inspite of a complaining guest. The guide was very articulate and knowledgable.
Reviewer: ED B
VERY HIGH LEVAEL OF ACCOMEDATION BY GUIDE
There were 6 cruise ships in port that morning yet everything was organized they were ready and waiting for us. Small 20 pass bus. More intimate. Our guide was knowedgeable, fun and accommodating. He allowed time at stops based on the concensus of the group. The market in the French capital of Marigot was great as was Orient Beach. We would have enjoyed more time there but ship departure times didn't allow. Definately a great overview of St. Maartin.
Reviewer: Linda and Andy
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. The bus had AC and was very comfortable. This tour was very educational.
Reviewer: Texas John
While St. Maarten is definitely more touristy than other islands, this tour hits a number of activities that one most likely cannot do without a familiarity of the island. The scenic coastal drive in a roomy mini bus offered many photo opportunities, and the experienced guide described everything from plants and trees to houses and gardens to history and culture. He filled our ears in a very positive way. The drive itself was an excursion, and the initial stop at a local tourist shop allowed us to pick up some souvenirs and gifts at for very reasonable prices. Another stop near an area filled with outdoor vendors allowed us to taste the local cuisine while browsing even more trinkets. Follow that with a relaxing couple of hours on the beach and it made for an excellent excursion. Be prepared for a rather expensive lunch in one of the restaurants along the beach, or bring your own and picnic in the sand. And if you want to parasail, then they are there waiting for you. A great day. Very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Maurice and Me
We really enjoyed Orient Bay with it's white sand, parasailing, and people (those adventurous and those enjoying the sun and water). It could have been improved by a free cold beverage and and chair to sit for a while. Also enjoyed the shopping at the markets.
Only trouble we had was with a change in time that the ship does not make you aware of, so when we went to the meeting place, the tour had already left the meeting place. But this happened to more people and the tour company made good on the tour. It was wonderful.
A very good guided tour with a knowledgable and entertaining guide. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. The guide was very informative with great knowledge of the islands history and culture, and also, his knowledge of the islands roads and layout saved us from losing a bunch of time sitting in traffic. Overall a great tour.
Our tour guide was fantastic. We loved seeing the island of St. Maarten. Can't wait to return to Orient Beach again.
Island is beautiful especially from heights. Lloyd, our guide and driver, was excellent. Great communicator, very knowledgeable of the island's history and culture. Great tour, well worth the money.
I recomend this tour, good organized
I my ready to do it again.
Reviewer: Traveling educators
The tour has variety of things to do such as seeing island, eating, shopping, ect.
HAPPY TO HAVE PLANNED THIS EXCURSION