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St. Maarten and St. Martin Best of Island Highlights Excursion

St. Maarten, Lesser Antilles (St. Martin) (Excursion ID S1348)

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  • Duration
    4 hours 30 min
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
  • Languages
    EN | ES | NL


  • Round trip transportation from your St. Maarten cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking certified guides!
  • Enjoy both sides of the island - French and Dutch!
  • Complimentary refreshments - water and soft drinks!
  • Stop at Maho Beach for plane spotting!
  • Option to drop-off in downtown for shopping afterward!

This St. Maarten and Sint Martin Island's Best Excursion is available from both Philipsburg (St. Maarten) and Marigot (St. Martin) cruise ports.

This is the excursion where you get to see it all - all of the island, all of the highlights, all of the views. Your guide will be providing you with educational as well as entertaining information about this unique island. The day begins with sightseeing. You will travel the tiny island from side to side and end to end for loads of great photo ops! Your route begins with a drive by the Great Salt Pond on Coralita Bay, a natural reserve overlooking the French island of St. Barth.

You will drive by the French Quarter, the first village settled by the French in 1629 and stop at Paradise View for a panoramic view of the ever-popular Orient Beach and some of the islets just off-shore.

Your next stop will be one of the most serene and remarkable beaches, Grand Case Beach. You can stroll along the pure white shore, swim or sunbathe, stretching out on the soft sand as you marvel at the turquoise water that sparkles in the tropical sunlight. Grand Case is also known as the Caribbean's gourmet capital, you'll find a diverse selection of local stands where you can grab a bite to eat (lunch is at guest's expense). Guests will have approximately 45 minutes at Grand Case.

You will then head to Marigot, the charming capital town of St. Martin on the French side of the island and take in the atmosphere where shops line the colonial streets and an open-air bazaar surrounds the central square for arts, crafts, and souvenirs lovers. Maybe grab a bite to eat (at own expense). Fort Louis is a superbly-restored fort built at the end of the 18th century. If you wish, a climb up the steps is well worth the effort for panoramic views of Anguilla and the entire French capital. Guests will have approximately 45 minutes of free time in Marigot.

The fun continues with a stop at Maho Beach, where you can watch planes approach just meters above the beach as they land at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. See why this beach is rated the most exciting beach in the world! Hold on to your hat and don't forget your camera. Guests will spend approximately 45 minutes at Maho Beach.

As the excursion continues back towards Philipsburg, you will pass through Simpson Bay with a photo stop on Cole Bay Hill. Guests have the option to be dropped off in Philipsburg and return to the ship at your leisure and cost (downtown is about a15 minute walk back to the pier or 4-minute water taxi, p/p $7.00 USD not included).

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Enjoy the best around the island with sightseeing, shopping and beaches on a guided excursion of St. Maarten and Saint Martin.


9 Reviews

Solon, Ohio, US
Too Many Beaches
     3/5  February 2020
The driver Wellington was Excellent but we stopped at 3 beaches which is more then I expected. Each stop was about 45 min and we wondered around for something to do. The island is beautiful !
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St martin
     5/5  February 2019
So I have doe a lot of islands and tours but this was one of my Fav’s ..... LOVED Wellington!!!! And the whole island..... In the words of Arnold !!! I will be back!!!
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Great Times in St Marten
     5/5  August 2019
Our tour guide Juliet was wonder. She was lively and accommodating throughout the whole tour. She took us to many interesting places and gave us a great deal of history about island. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend her to other travelers.
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Gahanna Ohio USA
     5/5  September 2019
Fantastic tour of the Island. Really enjoyed our tour guide very funny and informative..
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Litchfield Park
Excellent Island Tour
     4/5  October 2019
Check-in: a little confusing when you debark. Somewhat difficult locate registration. Once located, the area is shared by three tour companies. Once there, had to ask again who would be providing our tour. Tour/Tour Guide: excellent tour and guide. The bus is small and not filled to the max. Air conditioning and plenty of windows. David (tour guide) was knowledgeable and funny. The tour takes you all around the island, with three stops (beach resort, French shopping center and airport). All three stops are only 45 minutes long. Not enough time to sightsee, shop and eat. Free drinks throughout the tour (beer, rum punch, water and soft drinks).
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Incredibly comprehensive
     5/5  August 2017
We visited the island just weeks before the devastation of the hurricane, which made the images we saw all the more horrific as it seemed we had only just been standing in so many of the locations just days before. To begin,finding the meeting place was super easy from the ship. There was a nice area to wait for the other tour members to arrive. Our tour guide was fantastic, super friendly, and knowledgeable. I feel that we saw every inch of the island worth seeing, including some things you won’t see in any guide books. There were plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the beautiful island and we also had the opportunity to grab a quick snack at a fantastic pastry shop while overlooking the marina. Our visit to Mayo Beach was long enough to take a dip and experience quite a few planes coming in for a landing. It was a full day adventure and I really felt that I left with a good feel for the island. I highly recommend this tour.
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St Francis Bay South Africa
Best value to see as much as possible on shore excursion
     5/5  May 2016
Docked with Independence of the Seas in Phillipsburg and although it took a bit of looking around and asking to find the meeting place the tour was excellent! Only a small group of passengers by minivan and showing us all the highlights of both sides of this interesting island. Our guide/driver Wellington was to say the very least excellent. He was witty and funny but had such a good knowledge of the places he showed us and was (while driving) giving us continuous information. We felt safe in his hands and confident in his driving skills all the way. He just went out of his way to make sure everybody was enjoying the tour.It was a pity that the stop at the Marigot market was really short but overall the excursion did not feel rushed. I will with great confidence recommend this tour to anyone visiting St Maarten. Good value for money as well.
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Exciting beach time!
     5/5  March 2014
This was an all around great way to spend the day and we had such a terrific time. The photos that you can bring home from this paradise is unbelievable. I do have to say that our favorite part was going to to Maho Beach. Now THAT was a thrill and a half to experience! Having the planes coming in for a landing at the airport just across the road is amazing. We all agreed that we would love to do this tour again.
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Pretty beaches, nice sights
     4/5  January 2013
It was really interesting to see the difference in the 2 sides of the island - the Dutch and the French. There is no real border it is more a suggestion. The beaches are just awesome. Don't forget your camera. The guides speak English perfectly and really enjoy what they do. I think I could really get into island living! St. Maarten is great.
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