St Maarten Sights, Shopping and Sand

special offer banner St. Maarten Shopping & Sightseeing Port Tour through Marigot & Phillipsburg
Likely To Sell OutBook Now to Guarantee your Spot
Price: $94.00   Sale Price: $79.00   Save: $15.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
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 Beverages are included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing a bathing suit under comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. A beach towel, sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 2 years old. Guests must be able to walk approximately 200 yards from cruise ship to the transportation. Surfaces at lookouts are paved and packed dirt, and some are on an incline. This tour can accommodate collapsible wheelchairs.

Shopping, Sightseeing & Beach Day Excursion in St. Maarten

Two countries on one island for almost 400 years. Wouldn't you love to know how they do it? Come along on this St. Maarten excursion for an Island Drive and Beach Tour with a twist. You'll visit parts of the island usually not seen by cruise guests.

Departing the cruise terminal, you will drive through part of Philipsburg towards Cole Bay and Belle Vue. Making a photo stop at the Harold Jack lookout point high on a hill overlooking the sea, clouds permitting, you will have fantastic views of the neighboring islands of Saba (the home of Kong in the original King Kong movie) St. Eustatius to the south, and British Anguilla to the north. You will also begin to see Simpson Bay and its lagoon as you crest the hill.

This St. Maarten tour continues on to Marigot, the French capital, which is a quaint French village with a Caribbean twist. Sidewalk cafes serving cappuccino overlook mega-yachts, framed by palm trees. Gourmet restaurants sit in the shadow of a 200-year-old fort, and bold tropical prints in the open-air markets mix with the latest fashions from French boutiques. You will have some free time to experience this wonderful blend.

Then it's on to Orient Bay. This sweeping two-mile long, white-powdered sand beach is protected from the Atlantic waves by a reef, and the bottom has a very gradual slope. It is the island's most popular and busiest beach. On this St. Maarten excursion, you will have approximately 1.5 hours to swim, beach walk, or relax on the white sand.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase lunch or indulge in a tropical drink in paradise at a local restaurant located on the east end of the beach.

Returning to Philipsburg through the center of the island, you will have the option of being dropped off downtown for shopping or taken back to the pier.

Guests departing downtown will need to arrange their own transportation back to the cruise pier at their own expense via taxi, water taxi or walking.

Please Note: The tour will also make photo stops with scenic views of Orient Bay. The clothing-optional beach at Club Orient, the naturist resort, is located at the east end of the beach, approximately 10 to 15 minutes from Bikini Beach, where you will be visiting. Although most guests in the Bikini Beach area will be wearing swim attire, be advised that you may encounter topless and possibly nude sunbathers anywhere. This St. Maarten excursion may operate in a different order due to traffic conditions or crowds at the venues. On Sundays, most shops and restaurants on the French side are closed. All stores are closed on the following national holidays: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Kings Day, Carnival Day, Labor Day, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Emancipation Day, Constitution Day, St. Maarten's Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Guests booking on these days will have the option to window shop or spend more time at the beach.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  270 ReviewsReview This Tour
St Martin Sights, Shopping and Sand
September 22, 2022
First time seeing both sides of St Martin so we enjoyed the tour. Our driver/guide was excellent, explaining the differences of each. It was a hot day and the driver kept the air running so we were comfortable when we returned to the van. We enjoyed the beach stop although we are not beach people there was a very nice bar/restaurant that we stopped at and had a beverage and lunch. We enjoyed the scenery as well along the driv3.
Reviewer: J Fahrenbach
5 Stars
nice tour
September 05, 2022
We had a nice time with Nel, our tour guide, providing great information about the island while riding in an air-conditioned van. The shopping was not great as we stopped at small open market with a only a few local vendors selling mostly the same stuff but no stores really at the single location. We traveled both the Dutch/French sides of the island and went to the beach on the Atlantic side that had TONS of seaweed (French side) but driver reports beach is nicer and no seaweed on (Dutch) Caribbean Ocean side but not convenient for return to ship. The beach had a resort restaurant/bar so able to order drinks/food and use restroom there after swimming. Water was still refreshing and nice despite the seaweed. Overall a nice tour and driver was very nice.
Reviewer: NW
4 Stars
Beautiful sights, great beach
July 27, 2022
Beautiful sights, great beach. Driver was very knowledgeable, very entertaining.
Reviewer: Jesse & Maribeth Airaudi
4 Stars
Learn about St. Maarten with a great guide
July 12, 2022
So much fun. Our guide was AMAZING. We toured the island, went downtown and had great coffee and snacks, and then got to the beach. Terrific day
Reviewer: Rhonda Lees
5 Stars
Excellent Excursion for 1st time to the island
March 17, 2022
This was a very good excursion if you have never been to St Maarteen and want to learn about the island. First, they were right outside the port and was an easy walk with good instructions on how to find them. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the beach was beautiful.
Reviewer: Robert Williams
4 Stars
Great guide
February 24, 2022
Very informative and friendly guide. He drove very safely. Enjoyed the lovely beach also
Reviewer: C Moses
5 Stars