Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch

Rhum Distillery, Maho Beach and Lunch
Price: $98.00
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Summary
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 Stars4.9 / 5  |  18 ReviewsReview This Tour
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
Great experience
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.
Reviewer: David
5 Stars
Amazing Experience
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
5 Stars