Explore the quaint towns, sunny beaches and local food of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion from Philipsburg. Get to know the French side (St-Martin) and the Dutch side (St Maarten) of the island with your local guide. Learn about the European cultural flavor and the divided colonial past of this small tropical island. This outing is covered by the Viator worry-free shore excursion policy.


  • 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!

Meet your local guide after your cruise ship docks at Philipsburg's port for this St Maarten shore excursion. This divided tropical island, only 37 square miles (60 square km) is shared by the French and the Dutch and has a fascinating colonial history.

Head for the island's north end, to Grand Case Beach. Take a walk down the sugar-white sand shore and wade into the calm, warm water. After some time relaxing on one of the French side's most famous beaches, walk into the town of Grand Case, known as the Caribbean's gastronomic capital. Sample a Johnny Cake, a fried cornmeal pancake that's a local specialty (own expense,) or sip some guavaberry punch made from the island's berries (one drink is included in the tour.)

Travel to the capital of St-Martin, Marigot, and stroll the colonial streets to the bazaar. Fevel in the Gallic atmosphere before heading for the Maho Beach on the Dutch side of the island. This beach is famous for its proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport. Hit the beach to watch as jumbo jets go roaring over your head.

Drive past the white sand, blue water and bustling marina of Simpson Bay on your return trip to the cruise port. Request to be dropped off in Philipsburg town if you'd like to spend some more time shopping and exploring. If so, please note that Viator's worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies. Please see Additional Information for details.

Customer Reviews

Donald R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Driver/Tour guide did an excellent job. We never felt rushed and feel this was a great tour and a great value


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

What a wonderful day and a beautiful island! Wellington was our tour guide and was amazing! A great sense of humor and fun to be around. Orient Beach not the nude side was beautiful. Maho Beach, well, yes, that was an experience seeing the planes coming in right over our heads. Shopping at the markets, lovely views everywhere. Just a great day!

Katie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very friendly, enthusiastic, funny, considerate tour guide. Made our children feel welcome and engaged. Shared the right amount of history and current affairs. The bus was clean and comfortable. We had a great experience.

Charmaine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Really good tour guide was awesome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a great time!

DeeAnna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide Wellington was amazing!!!! We had the best time very informative and a wonderful host. We will go back and use this tour. A must tour for anyone going to St Maarten!

Anjali S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour of the island and the guide was fun, excellent narrative on sights along the way. Will highly recommend this tour.

Roland R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very good tour guide. Top notch tour for a lot less than what the cruise ship will charge.

Gary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great drive around the island with narrative on sights and local color along the way, particularly the differences between the French and Dutch sides of the island. Our guide was fun, relaxed, and a joy to spend the tour with.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a great tour in St. Maarten. Really enjoyed our driver and the sights. There were 6 ships in port on the 4th so traffic was pretty hectic going back to the ship. However we have been on many tours over the years and this one ranks high on the list!

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