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: SUSAN STEWART
We really enjoyed this excursion. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. We signed up for this one, because we wanted to go to Orient beach (as we had before), but there had been a revolution and we weren't allowed on the French side. On the way back we stopped at another beach and upon leaving got stuck in traffic for 3 hours.
Reviewer: Cecile Selwyn
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our shore excursion as we learned about the history and geography of Phillipsburg and Marigot. The beach was beautiful and the shopping in Marigot was wonderful. The driver had a cooler of wonderful "libations" to offer to all.
Reviewer: Joann Carrasquillo
The island was beautiful, I just wished we would have had more time to explore. The guide was really friendly, knowledgeable but the shuttle didn't really provide that much of a view. Otherwise, the excursion was good.
Reviewer: Hani Jarjura
We enjoyed our tour of St Marten and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Didn't get to see much around Marigot because of a brief but heavy rain storm. The beach stop at orient bay was good, where we purchased a delicious seafood lunch at the beach.
Reviewer: Penny Walker
This was an excellent tour of both the French and the Dutch sides of St Marteen. Our guide Deuce (not sure if that is the correct spelling) was so informative and friendly and we even had free drinks on the tour. As there were only 3 of us on this trip he was able to take us to extra points of interest which was a bonus. Deuce was very accommodating if we asked him to stop to take pictures along the way. The beach we visited was beautiful and finished the day off perfectly. I would recommend this tour and this guide as he had a lot of knowledge, awas very passionate about St Marteen and was a genuinely friendly guy.