Cole Bay Hill Tours

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Cole Bay Hill is the perfect perch for travelers to catch panoramic views of Philipsburg, St. Maarten’s Dutch capital, and nearby islands Saba, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla. In the mornings, sun glints off Simpson Bay Lagoon, the largest inland body of water in the Caribbean, and in the evenings, travelers flock here for sunset snaps. 

The Basics
The views from Cole Bay Hill draw travelers from far and wide. When experiencing Cole Bay Hill as part of a tour, travelers often see the island’s French and Dutch sides, with stops at beaches such as Grand Case, Maho Beach, or Orient Beach. Tours may visit Grand Case restaurants, and stop for shopping in Marigot. No matter the itinerary, enjoy views of the surrounding tropical scenery while learning the history of the Lesser Antilles.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cole Bay Hill is a great spot to catch a sunrise or sunset on St. Martin.
  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.
  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, and water for hydration.

How to Get There
Harold Jack lookout point on Cole Bay Hill is free to visit year-round. Set just west of Philipsburg, the hill is about a 10-minute drive from the cruise ship terminal and about 12 minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport.

When to Get There
For lower rates on hotels and less chance of rain, visit St. Martin/St. Maarten in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. The weather is pleasant year-round, with summer being the hottest. From February to June you may see humpback whales.

Two Sides of the Same Island
St. Maarten/St. Martin is an island happily and uniquely divided in half. When the French and Dutch established their settlements around 1630, the Spanish colonists elsewhere in the Caribbean launched attacks. The Dutch and French, joined forces and fought together, beating the Spaniards back. Finally, in 1648 the two nations agreed to divide the island equally, creating the French side of St. Martin and the Dutch side of St. Maarten.
Location
Address: Cole Bay Hill, Philipsburg, St Maarten
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St-Martin and St Maarten: Sightseeing Tour of the French and Dutch Sides of the Island

Discover the French and Dutch sides of this Caribbean island during a 4.5-hour guided sightseeing outing. Enjoy the sun and sea on Grand Case Beach or Orient Beach, experience the food-loving ambiance in Grand Case, and stroll around the charming village of Marigot. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding tropical scenery while you learn about the history of the Lesser Antilles.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Beaches and Shopping in Marigot

Explore Oyster Bay, Orient Beach and Maho Beach on during this 6-hour tour from St Maarten. With a local guide, sightsee on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. Stroll through the town of Marigot, the capital of the French side of the island, visiting the boutiques and galleries that line the streets. A complimentary drink and round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$45.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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