St Maarten Sights, Shopping and Sand

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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  |  267 ReviewsReview This Tour
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
Tour
February 06, 2022
Our tour guide was very professional. We went to both sides of the island and saw different views. We had sometime for shopping and then a few hours at the beach. It was a very nice day.
Reviewer: K Adams
5 Stars
Great Tour with Twin Island Excursions
March 26, 2020
Rick was a great guide in a mid sized bus with AC. He was on time, funny, and provided good background information. He also provided cold drinks and we went to some great lookouts for photos. A very pleasant tour.
Reviewer: Tom Albrecht
5 Stars
St. Maarten, Sights, Shopping and Sand
March 25, 2020
Tour guide was excellent with his knowledge of the island's history. Transportation was comfortable sights were interesting. Great time.
Reviewer: Carolyn M Rabdeau
5 Stars