Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch
Rum and sun, what could be better? During this 6-hour St. Maarten tour you will have a rare opportunity to visit the back scenes of a popular, 6,000 square foot rum factory, dine on delicious food and hang out on one of St. Maarten's most popular beaches.
Your St. Maarten excursion starts as you leave the pier for a scenic drive to Topper's Rhum, a family owned and operated distillery that grew out of a complimentary after dinner drink the Topper restaurant patrons fell in love with. Your guide will lead you through a hands-on tour where you will learn about the history of rum making, rum making in the Caribbean and observe the fermentation, distilling, filtering, blending and bottling process. Head to the lab to learn about the quality control measures and taste one of the more than 50 flavored rums in development; over at the tasting bar you can sample rum-infused cake and artisanal products. While here, pop into the boutique shop for unique St. Maarten gifts and pick up a bottle or two of limited edition flavors that are only available on site.
From there you will head across to Topper's Restaurant on Kimsha Beach where you will be greeted with a welcome drink and then enjoy an appetizing lunch of traditional Caribbean BBQ. Dine on chicken, rice and peas, fried plantains and West Indian sauteed vegetables as you sip on rum or a fruit punch.
After lunch, make your way to Maho Beach where you can take a refreshing swim or relax on the warm sand and work on your vacation-envy tan. This beach lies directly under the flight path of a neighboring airport, making it a popular destination for aviation fans and those who want to feel the vibration of jumbo jets as they literally soar right above you for a landing.
Your tour concludes with a leisurely ride back to port. Skip the typical city tours and experience St. Maarten like a local.
Reviewer: JENNIFER WELLS
This is one of the best excursions I have been on. Very organized and so much fun.
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.
Reviewer: Roberta Cutler
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: Beverly F White
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: K. Lazard
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!