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Welcome to St Maarten

St. Maarten—the half-Dutch, half-French Caribbean island—is the smallest landmass in the world shared between two nations. The mix creates an exotic and unique union of three distinct cultures: Dutch straightforwardness, French savoir-faire, and a laid-back Caribbean vibe combine to create this small slice of paradise.

On the French side, Saint Martin, visitors to the capital Marigot can travel to the Grand Case Beach or enjoy a snorkeling experience in the underwater world at Oyster Pond. The largest town on the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, is the town of Philipsburg. Full-island tours are the perfect way to discover the best beaches, do some tax-free shopping, and learn about the island's history.

Top 10 attractions in St Maarten

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Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach

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Happy Bay Beach is a beautiful, small, and secluded stretch of sand on St. Martin’s northwest coast. Since it requires a short hike to reach the beach, crowds tend to go elsewhere. The secluded nature of the beach makes it popular with clothing-optional sunbathers.More
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Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre Island

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Known for its rugged beauty, the uninhabited island of Tintamarre—part of the St. Martin Nature Reserve—is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) off the northeast coast of St. Martin. A popular day trip, the island boasts historic ruins, large grassy fields of a former plantation, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife.More
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Maho Beach

Maho Beach

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Maho Beach can't boast that it's one of the most peaceful beaches in the world, but it certainly has a unique claim to fame, particularly if you're an aviation lover. This is because Maho Beach is located right next to an airport and the planes fly directly over the beach so low that you feel they might land on you.Kids especially love watching the planes soar overhead multiple times throughout the day at Maho Beach, but even adults quickly get caught up in the wonder of seeing a large inflight plane so close up. Hang out by the fence on the edge of the beach closest to the airport and you'll even be able to feel the blast of the jets as a plane takes off – and probably some sand particles being swirled up around you. In addition to plane watching, Maho Beach is a fun place to swim and snorkel.To make sure you don't miss out on seeing the big commercial planes land or take-off head over to Sunset Bar, which is located on Maho Beach and posts the flight schedule each day. You can also watch the planes from Sunset Bar while enjoying a drink and bite to eat.More
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Marigot Market

Marigot Market

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St. Maarten has plenty of upscale shops, but travelers itching for a more authentic experience head to this weekend market in the French capital of Marigot. Anguilla fishermen arrive early with their hauls in colorful boats, joined later by fruit and vegetable sellers as well as spice vendors, filling the air with tropical aromas.More
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Maho & Mullet Bay

Maho & Mullet Bay

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FindSaint Martin’s main airport on a map and you've found Maho Beach. How close is it, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever seen a photo of sunbathing tourists gawping as 747s approach the runway just yards above their heads, it was probably taken here. So come by all means and get your own snap, but you may well find that the roar of engines and the smell of jet fuel deters you from staying too long.Thankfully things are calmer on Mullet Bay Beach, a short walk away. This is the tropical paradise you've always dreamed of: white sands, swaying palms, clear water. Waves can get surprisingly high here, making it a magnet for the island’s surfers. Mullet Bay is also the site of the island’s only 18-hole golf course.More
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Baie Rouge Beach

Baie Rouge Beach

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Secluded Baie RougeBeach—set between two rocky bluffs in the lowlands along the west coast of St. Martin—is one of island’s most beautiful beaches. Its name hints at what makes it special: sparkling pink sands and red-hued rock formations, although the beach bar and a cave flooded with seawater, Devil’s Hole, also hold appeal.More
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Pinel Island

Pinel Island

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Located just off of the west coast of St. Martin, Pinel Island is a haven of white sand and clear water perfect for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, snorkelers, and those who want a tranquil escape from the modern world.More
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Loterie Farm

Loterie Farm

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The former 18th-century sugar plantation turned eco-park sits at the foot of Pic Paradise—the tallest mountain on St. Martin. The 150-acre (60-hectare) Loterie Farm offers visitors a chance to wine, dine, and zipline over the lush canopy and to spot monkeys along the gum tree hiking trails.More
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Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach

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Straddling the entire length of Philipsburg, Great Bay Beach is one of St. Maarten’s longest and widest beaches. Along its 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch are lively beach bars, rum shacks, and street carts serving ice-cold beers and some of the capital’s best spots for dining and duty-free shopping.More
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Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach

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The white sands of Orient Bay Beach are no secret in St. Maarten. This clothing-optional spot is a top attraction in the area, and sun worshippers come for its views of the bay, clear water, snorkeling opportunities, and many beachside restaurants and bars.More

Top activities in St Maarten

 Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
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Sky Explorer and Flying Dutchman

Sky Explorer and Flying Dutchman

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
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The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten
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3 Island Adventure with stop at Tintamarre to swim with Turtles
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Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise
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Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

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Jetski Orient Bay Beach Sint Maarten

Jetski Orient Bay Beach Sint Maarten

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Recent reviews from experiences in St Maarten

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Great trip
Margot_D, Jul 2021
Captain Bob Most Popular Speed Boat, Snorkeling and Beach Tour with Lunch
A can advice it to everyone who comes to visit Saint Martin.
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Great experience and fun ride!
Jessica_N, Jul 2021
Airport Transfers
Comfortable ride, reliable pick-up and drop-off and great recommendations for local activities and restaurants and bars.
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The best way to see the island
Angela_J, Feb 2021
3-Hour Guided ATV Tour Island Highlights Plus 1-Hour Relax by the Beach
Definitely the best way to see Sint Maarten!
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Great attitude, friendly, fair price and on time service.
Brian_K, May 2021
Airport Transfers
Thanks Andre, it was a pleasure doing business with you and your team and we will be in touch in 2022 for our next summer adventure.
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Make sure to brig along a water...
Ken R, Aug 2017
Self-Drive Boat Tour & Snorkel from Simpson Bay
a great way to see the coast line of Sint Maarten.
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Orient beach was beautiful and...
Erin B, Jun 2017
See the Planes Adventure to Orient Beach
Anthony our driver was very knowledgeable about the island and gave us an insider's perspective of where to go and what to see when we return to St Maarten
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Very good opportunity to see both...
Brooke M, Aug 2015
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Very good opportunity to see both sides of St Maarten/St Martin!!
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This is a great tour for anyone who...
Tammy B, Feb 2014
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
It is a great opportunity to visit to of the most popular beaches on the island.
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Ferry ride good, crew staff very...
Lorne S, Feb 2014
St Barts Ferry Transfer from St Maarten
Ferry ride good, crew staff very good very nice place to visit we really enjoyed our vacation to St Maarten
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Harmony of the Seas Day 4 Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin?
djholloway50, Feb 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing
We were happy to see others waiting.
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Girl's Trip
Stay04478991378, May 2019
3 Islands Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour
We had a girl's trip to Sint Maarten and wanted to see and experience as much as possible!
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Great All Inclusive Island Tour Your Way
Climber25249901890, Jan 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
There was no set schedule to stick to or rules to follow, it really provided the ability to see the island and all it has to offer in the best way possible.
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This tour gave us great insight into...
Rebs J, May 2018
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing with Shopping
I look forward to returning in a year and taking this tour again to see how the island has recovered further.
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St Maarten was our final stop on our...
Janice T, Oct 2015
Shore Excursion: St Maarten Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping Tour
I cannot wait to visit St Maarten again in the near future!!
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Really enjoyable tour that covered...
Niamh F, Jan 2016
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Really enjoyable tour that covered all the places to see on both the French and Dutch sides of the islands.

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