Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch
So happy we did this excursion!
April 13, 2023
The Toppers Rhum Distillery tour was phenomenal. It was informational and the tastings were done in the context of showing us the specialties of the distillery. There was even food preparation using one of the rhum products. After the tour, we had an included bbq lunch at the restaurant attached to the distillery. The food was excellent and the views were great. The beach was beautiful, but wall-to-wall people, literally. The beach is at the end of the runway for St. Maarten's airport. If you want to see airplanes taking off and landing, that's the place. We ended up taking a taxi back to the ship instead of waiting for the ride that was included with our tour.
Reviewer: Joan W.
Small Distillery - Big Experience!
April 02, 2023
Had a great tour of a very small production rum distillery run by an interesting family from Boston. SO many flavors of rum - and we sampled a TON of them on the tour. They also sold gelato and made it really easy to purchase bottles there and take back to the cruise. It was nice that it came with lunch and transportation. The airplane beach was great too and just the right amount of time there.
March 23, 2023
Our tour guide was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and quite a sense of humor. The rum tour was very cool, very interactive & obviously delicious! The lunch we got at Topper's restaurant was fantastic, sooooo good (sauces made with rums)! Maho beach is mind blowing, a must see! Only downfall on this day (and absolutely no fault of the tour operator) was the downtown draw bridge in Simpson Bay, which, when lifted to allow sailboats to enter the harbor, backed traffic up for a long time. As a result, we only had less than 30 minutes at Maho, and then we ran into the draw bridge again which delayed us getting back to downtown Philipsburg. But wadda ya do!! It was still a great day overall. So much history and the people are fantastic
February 22, 2023
A great excursion. Fun at Toppers tasting all the flavoured rums, excellent presentation and tour. Lunch was a choice of barbecue chicken leg or ribs. Both were excellent. Nice eating area overlooking a marina. Maho Beach watching the planes come in is something everyone should do. Everything was perfect about this excursion.
Reviewer: L J Ross
Great tour in St. Maarten
February 15, 2023
The tour was excellent! The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and the Rhum Distillery tour was fantastic! We were engaged throughout and were given a good amount of time to browse and shop for liquid souvenirs. The lunch and drinks were delicious and we all loved the stop at Maho Beach for the Close Encounters! Bravo!
Reviewer: Patrick Vitacco
Topper's Rhum Distriller
January 18, 2023
This was a fun excursion, the people were all very nice, food was great!!
Reviewer: Nancy Cetin
Enjoyable and memorable tour
January 06, 2023
Your St Maarten tour was one of the best excursions I’ve taken on any cruise. All the guides and drivers were great. Our first driver took us on a guided tour of sights around the island, then dropped us off at the Toppers Rhum distillery, which was a blast. The young lady who was our guide at the distillery was very informative and fun. We tasted lots of their varied rum products, participated in a cooking demonstration using their rums, and learned about the history of rum in the Caribbean. And the lunch was really tasty, featuring local cuisine. Next stop was Maho Beach where we spent a couple of hours watching the jet planes swoop in low over the beach to land at the adjacent airport runway. There were plenty of beach chairs at Maho and a bar so you could have a drink delivered to your chair. When it was time to go, our driver met us promptly in front of the beach to take us back to the ship. If you’re visiting St Maarten on a cruise, this is the excursion for you.
Reviewer: Stephen M
October 05, 2022
Toppers was 11/10 great tour and great tastings! Facility was very nice and the flavours were amazing. Personally met the owner Mr topper who was very nice and personable will definitely be going back in the future!
Reviewer: Erika Switzer
September 16, 2022
Our tour guide at the Rhum Distillery was so friendly and very informative and the lunch was delicious. Maho Beach made it a perfect day. Would definitely book this excursion again.
Reviewer: Joy Smith
Eat breakfast because 25 rhum samples await!
April 11, 2022
At Topper's you will be greeted with rhum punch and taken into a classroom to learn all about Topper's history. Then you will move into the kitchen to try various rhum flavored items such as chicken, rhum cake and gelato. The rhum cake is to die for! Next is the bottling area to learn more about Topper's process. The last stop is the rhum machine which holds a ridiculous amount of different flavors and you will be able to try every one of them. Once your belly is full of rhum you will get to enjoy a harbor-side lunch with more rhum punch. Choose the ribs! Afterwards you can do a little shopping for rhum or other merchandise. Your final stop will be Maho beach. You will dropped off near the beach and given a few hours to bar hop, swim, or just watch the planes. If you decide to bar hop make sure you have cash on hand as they do not accept card and the nearest ATM is in the Casino and is quite the hike to get there. A set time will be given for pickup.
Reviewer: Kate Kenner
One of the best excursions I've taken
December 26, 2021
This excursion was well-organized, friendly, informative and fun. I was surprised that I was the only person on my bus who opted for the Rhum Distillery, but it worked out very well. Since I was the only guest, I had a private tour. Topper's Rhum is an excellent facility that offers you many tastings of their rum, and the opportunity to watch and participate in cooking and the bottling. There is also a gelato store and gift shop with a large selection. Distillery staff is helpful and friendly. My tour drivers were courteous, friendly and accommodating. There was only one situation that could be improved, and that was the directions at the port to meet the tour. Other guests had real difficulties finding the bus.
Reviewer: Jeremy Best
Worth Your Time
December 23, 2021
11/2021 We enjoyed our time at the Rum Distillery and walked through the complete process. Lunch was provided in their air-conditioned restaurant where we enjoyed our Rum favorites and unrestricted views of the bay. I am a GA pilot so Maho Beach was a destination. We had a blast watching various commercial aircraft line up on final and drop in above the crowds. Drinks were fair priced at the open air bars located on either end of the beach. Visit both bars and take advantage of their unique views. Plan to stay for an hour or so and maybe one of the big boys will drop in on your watch? Don’t forget to take a selfie with the Warning/Danger sign
Reviewer: JR Shepard
Just as advertised
March 31, 2020
My wife and I chose this tour for several reasons, and were not disappointed, since it "delivered" on all expectations. We were a little confused about the transportation, since we started out on a bus with about 20 people, but not all of us were going on the same tour. However, "our" tour hit all of the spots that we expected, and we had a great time at each spot. We maybe drank more rum than we should have during the course of the day, but we didn't have to drive home (so that was OK). Great fun, great food, and friendly folks at the distillery and the restaurant (I even got to meet "Topper" himself -- great guy!). Maho Beach is one of my favorite places in the world!
Reviewer: Charles Rada
March 05, 2020
Distillery is a lot of fun. Had a good time with guide, Christy. Toppers Rhum is great. Great food that has many recipes using some of their Rhum. Beach experience with the planes was cool way to end the day.
March 04, 2020
This was our first experience with an excursion offered by someone other than the cruise line, so we were naturally apprehensive. Interestingly, this was our best experience. We had the opportunity to meet Topper (at his restaurant) and his wife (at the distillery), learned a great deal about the history of rum, enjoyed some great food, and had fun watching airplanes fly over the beach. The drivers were also really great, giving us a fun and interesting tour of the island as we traveled from point to point. I would definitely recommend using this company, and look forward to using them ourselves during our next cruise!
Reviewer: Shawn Howell
Costco tour review
December 16, 2019
Great experience especially the rum factory great staff very friendly and rum tasting was fun.. would definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewer: joe gaskill
May 10, 2019
Great tour. Fun presentation at the factory. Rum is quite good and readily available back here in the states :) Met the owner and he's a character !!! Well worth the tour
Reviewer: Leonard Mowry
March 14, 2019
This is one of the best excursions I have been on. Very organized and so much fun.
Reviewer: JENNIFER WELLS
Exactly what we expected and more
March 12, 2019
Small tour group. Not crowded. Friendly. We were late due to the time change and missed the departure. They were very gracious and caught us up where we didn’t miss anything. Toppers is a must visit on St Maarten. Maho beach is a unique and fun experience. Two for one! Best excursion we have been on.
Had a great time!
March 11, 2019
We really liked this tour, especially as there were only a few of us on it! Loved tasting all the different flavors they had, and you can buy as many bottles as you want because it's considered a "craft" business. The owner gave us the tour and was very funny! Then we were dropped off at a little roadside cafe, also owned by the distillery, for a very good lunch! Then on to Maho Beach to watch the airplanes come in and take off. That part was interesting, but it's not really a good swimming beach; the waves are a little too strong and kept knocking people over, and some people had trouble getting up again. There are locals roaming around trying to sell you stuff, which was a little annoying after the same person tried to sell us for the 4th time! But I can recommend this tour, it was fun!
Reviewer: Roberta Cutler
February 14, 2019
What a great experience! The rhum tour was so much fun and very informative! Never realized that rhum could have so many flavors! Lunch was delish and our table mates were great! Maho Beach was a hoot!! Enjoyed the day very much! A must do!!
Reviewer: Beverly F White
St Martin Excursion
January 09, 2019
Excellent experience. The sites we visited were interesting and did not disappoint. Best of all was our driver, Jaimie, who went out of his way to befriend us and assure we had an excellent excursion. The rhum factory was fascinating, and we were given a detailed presentation on rhum history and product, as well as many samples to try. Lunch at the restaurant was ribs - not a large selection but the food was fabulous! Maho Beach was fun and the beach bar served great drinks, including rum punch. We arrived back at the ship in plenty of time. We would not hesitate to take this same excursion again!
Reviewer: K. Lazard
December 28, 2018
very interesting and enjoyable
Reviewer: Charles V Barger
Worth every cent and more!!!
December 27, 2018
The rhum distillery was so interesting and Dave was a blast!! He made the tour such fun and not to mention all the shots of rhum. Mayo Beach was an experience like no other and I definitely recommend it!!!
Reviewer: Sharon Clark
best excursion I've been on
July 02, 2018
I loved the Topper's Rhum distillery. Free samples galore, and the prices to buy are outstanding! The rum is so natural and delicious and the tour guide is so knowledgeable. The food from the restaurant is delicious and we took it to go with us to Maho beach, which was beautiful and relaxing. It was a lot in a short period of time, but it didn't feel like it. Perfect day in St. Maarten!
Reviewer: Alyssa Meiste
May 25, 2018
The rhum distillery is great. Small but has lots of flavored rhum and tour guide very friendly. It was FUN!!! Lunch was good and the beach was a blast!! Would recommend this tour. A small bar and restaurant is at the beach. Perfect about of time at the beach.
Reviewer: Janelle Lozano
Rhum Distillery, St Martin
February 21, 2018
We truly enjoyed this tour. The host at the Rhum Distillery was charming and full of interesting facts. We really liked that the tour group was small, only 8 of us. The box lunch from Toppers was delicious. Could have done without the beach stop, it was very crowded and we had trouble finding a spot posit and have our lunch.
Reviewer: M. J. Phillips