Two Countries, One Bike
Two Countries, One Bike Shore Excursion
See the Dutch side of St. Maarten and the French side of St. Martin on this island tour by bike.
After meeting your guide for this St. Maarten excursion, your small group of 4 - 10 guests will receive instruction and information about your comfortable Trek hybrid bicycle and equipment. Once everyone is ready, your guide will lead you out of Philipsburg and past the Great Salt Pond, which once had a significant role in the history and economy of St Maarten in the 1600s.
After a short sustained climb, you will enjoy a long descent to the charming Oyster Pond Bay. This is a quaint residential area situated on a lagoon and shared by the Dutch and French side of the island.
You will then continue on, crossing from the Dutch side of the island over to French St. Martin. Continuing along the eastern coastline, you will have the opportunity to see some magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring French island, St Barths. Your pedaling will soon bring you to the beautiful Galion Beach, also referred to as "the pearl of the Caribbean," and views of Orient Bay. This is the island's most famous beach.
You will return to Philipsburg via the French Quarter, which is located in the middle of the island.
We did the 2 countries, 1 bike tour early July 2019. It was an enjoyable experience, but very challenging. You need to be in excellent shape, as the hills are serious. Bring lots of water (even a camelback) and be prepared to work. This is not a leisure tour! But fun way to see the island.
There were 6 of us guests and two young men guides. They were great, providing a great guided tour. I felt safe with these guys given the traffic and roads we were on. I’m glad they carried so many extra bottles of water in their backpacks- it was sure a hot day! Distance was about 23 miles as measured from my Garmin watch. Best excursion of my trip!
Reviewer: Lisa Stolze
So, loved this tour. It was just me and my husband along with our guide Benson. Who was the best. We learned so much about both sides of the island. The course is an out and back, with multiple hills. Most people get a bus back after half way. We were the first group in 6 months to do whole course. It mot an easy 30 miles but oh the sights .you see!!!
Reviewer: Kristen Hanson
My husband and I did a "Two Countries, One Bike Shore Excursion" (booked through shoreexcursions.com) which took us through the French and Dutch side of the island. It was, hands down, the best excursion we have ever done. Before biking, our guide checked in with us on our comfort level and asked about what we wanted to see. He let us chose how intense of a ride we wanted (i.e. how many hills, how many breaks, how far and long we wanted to ride) and what sites we wanted to see. Not only was our guide incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the island, but he was fun and engaging. He also took pictures of us using my husband's camera (which was great -- in our experiences many excursions only use their own camera equipment). I would highly recommend this particular excursion to active persons looking to have fun while also learning. Based on our experiences, I have no doubt that the other excursions this company offers are amazing as well.
Reviewer: Mark Woodrick
Our guide Cotton was awesome! Very concerned with our safety on the bike ride. Told us lots about the island. Would definitely do this again although be aware you need to be in shape to do the hills. Awesome views from on top of the mountains!