Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch

Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch
Price: $98.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier, or from the cruise ship tender pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Lunch is included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothes over your bathing suit, bring sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and beach towel from your ship.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

St. Maarten Rum Tour, 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 distillery, a family-owned and operated distillery that grew out of a complimentary after-dinner drink the Topper's Rhum distillery 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 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.

Please Note: Guests should use caution while on Maho Beach, as planes departing and arriving are low-flying and can be very loud.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  27 ReviewsReview This Tour
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.
5 Stars
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.
Reviewer: Linde
5 Stars
Fun Day!!
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
Reviewer: Mercer
5 Stars
Best Excursion
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
Topper's Rhum Distriller
January 18, 2023
This was a fun excursion, the people were all very nice, food was great!!
Reviewer: Nancy Cetin
5 Stars