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  • Location:Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

While in port in Philipsburg, discover the enchanting towns, stunning beaches and local cuisine of the island of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. Explore both the Dutch (St Maarten) and French (St-Martin) sides of this Caribbean island with your guide, and let the sun-drenched views mesmerize you as you learn about its interesting colonial past and European influences.


  • 4.5-hour St Maarten shore excursion exploring both Dutch and French sides
  • Sunbathe or swim in the gorgeous sea at Grand Case Beach and enjoy a visit to Maho Beach
  • Try a local guavaberry rum punch drink in the island's gourmet capital, Grand Case
  • Explore the open-air craft and clothing market in Marigot, a quaint French village
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

Visit the city of Marigot on this Island Sightseeing Tour!

When your cruise ship docks in Philipsburg port, meet your guide for your St Maarten shore excursion, and get ready to explore the highlights of this Caribbean treasure. You’ll experience both sides of this Dutch- and French-colonial island, which covers just 37 square miles (60 square km) in the Lesser Antilles, and stop at scenic spots along the way.

First, head to the north end of the island, on the French side, to one of its most serene and remarkable beaches, Grand Case Beach, where 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.

Then, in the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, Grand Case, you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine. Try a traditional dish such as a scrumptious Johnny Cake – a fried cornmeal pancake – for lunch (own expense), or sample guavaberry rum punch (a tasty rum drink made from the island berries) or sip a soda or beer on the beach (one drink included).

Then, head to Marigot, the charming capital of St-Martin, and take in the French atmosphere where shops line the colonial streets and an open-air bazaar surrounds the central square. Next, your guide will take you back to the Dutch side to Maho Beach, where you can watch planes approach at a close distance as they land at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport.

Your shore excursion ends with a drive past Simpson Bay on your return to the cruise port. If you wish, you may request to be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own instead of being dropped off at the port. If you do so, however, the worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies; see Additional Information for details.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour was excellent. Driver/guide Eddie Millers was excellent. My husband and I enjoyed the tour tremendousely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Miller Time! It was a very exciting tour and the tour guide was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide, Miller, was great. He was friendly, funny and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Super tour. We highly recommend. Wellington our guise was very informative and so much fun. We would do this trip again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour....just 5 of us in a minibus. Our driver Will was very informative and friendly.
Enjoyed seeing the French side of the island as well as the more commercialised Dutch side.
Would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Though Viator was very nearly a nightmare to work with and instructions for meeting up with our tour operator were minimal at best, our tour was fantastic and more than made up for the issues. Our guide, Wellington, was great and we had a very thorough tour of the island with just enough time at each of our stops.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guy was great. It was Will, very professional, very informative. I would recommend this tour. He called us the quiet group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide fats was very informative and made the tour very courteous. He was very patient!!!!! He is certainly a credit to your organization!!. GIVE HIM A RAISE!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour of the island with Eddie. He is very knowledgeable and entertaining and the air conditioning and free drinks in the van were great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We loved our island tour of St Maarten. Our driver Miller was great! He took us to many things all over the island. We got to see iguanas on the side of the road, several beaches, shopping, Maho beach where the airplanes come in just to highlight a few things. there was plenty of beer, soft drinks, water and rum punch. We had a great time.

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