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.
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!
Reviewer: Mary S.
This bike tour is for those who are used to biking on roads with traffic. I read all of the reviews before selecting and was well aware of the traffic and hills we encountered. I am an avid bicyclist and even I had to walk up some of the hills! It was great fun though. The Tour guides took care of us the whole way and helped out anyone who needed to take their time.
Reviewer: Audrey the traveller
The bike ride on St. Maarten was so much fun! It was fairly stressful riding on the two-lane road with busses honking at us, but once we made it past the high-traffic area, it was better. Also, some of the hills were too difficult to ride, so we ended up pushing our bikes several times. It was exciting to cross the international border into the French side, and nice to see the different parts of the island. Our guide, Berhend, was incredible and we all really enjoyed him. Seeing him at first, looking like a Olympic athlete, was a little intimidating, but he was kind, patient, and funny, and we feel like we made a new friend. Again, this was a tough ride but we felt accomplished at the end of it.
There are couple of steep hills. I wish the route was a little different, we could have gone further around the sewage ponds. We really enjoyed the guides and the history lessons about the area. Riders need to make sure they are comfortable with riding with a lot of traffic. The guides were very nice and polite. I would do it again but not sure if my wife would.