St Maarten Sights, Shopping and Sand
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Shopping, Sightseeing & Beach Day Trip in St. Martin
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, and you'll visit parts of the island usually not seen by cruise guests.
Departing the cruise terminal, you will drive through part of Philipsburg driving towards Cole Bay and Belle Vue, making a photo stop at the Harold Jack lookout point high on a hill overlooking the sea where (clouds permitting), you will have fantastic views of the neighboring islands of Saba (the home of Kong in the original King Kong movie) and 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.
Continue on into 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. You will have approximately an hour and a half 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 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.
Reviewer: Vincent Landis
Outstanding tour. Excellent and considerate driver. Well informed, strong voice. It was a wonderful tour with a nice stop at a coral beach.
From start to finish was very organized. Our bus driver Rick was great! Very friendly and well spoken, offered all passengers "free drinks" which included water, beer, and delicious guava rum punch! The tour took us around the island to the French side where we were able to shop/or look around for about and hour. I recommend walking to Fort Louis as it is a very short walk from the bus area and the views are incredible. We also went to Orient Beach where we could eat or catch some sun for about an hour. It is a tourist spot but the views and water are great. I recommend Bikini Restaurant which is on the sand. Great views and food. The tour ended with a tour of the shopping area in downtown Philipsburg. We had an option to continue back to the ship or be dropped off for more shopping. We decided to get off and continue on our own as it is only 10 minute walk back to the port area. I highly suggest this tour if you have never been to St Maarten.
Our 4 hour excursion was terrific with lots of beautiful views, frequent stops and beach time! On top of that Rick, our driver and guide was terrific offering insights of the island as well as some of the challenges it has faced since the 2017 hurricanes. If you get Rick , sit back and enjoy his knowledge and enthusiasm for St. Maarten. And tell him woop-woop for us!
Reviewer: Ian Gardner
Excellent tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide…Rick was fantastic. Convenient pick up at the cruise port. Small group, with a tour of the French and Dutch parts of the island. Some local craft shopping and time at the beach, with an opportunity to venture to the clothing optional section if you dare!
Reviewer: Steve Decho
Good first-timer's overview of both Dutch and French part of the island. Relaxing beach stop toward the end.