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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 15 attractions in St Maarten

Marigot Market

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

Maho Beach

Maho Beach is close to Saint Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport—so close that planes coming in for a landing fly very low over the sand on the way to the runway. In fact, the planes cruise so low that it sometimes feels like they’ll take out the umbrellas.More

Simpson Bay

St. Maarten’s longest beach has all the ingredients of a perfect Caribbean paradise: soft white sand, clear and calm turquoise water, and gently waving palms. Though located just behind the Princess Juliana Airport, Simpson Bay is surprisingly quiet and unpopulated.More

Maho & Mullet Bay

Allow an easy, perfect day on the east coast of Sint Maarten to unfold at Maho Beach and Mullet Bay, two very different beach experiences within walking distance of each other. First, go to Maho to feel the thrill of swimming in the sea as incoming airplanes fly extremely low overhead, then walk to quiet Mullet Bay to sunbathe, snorkel, and play golf.More

Front Street

Front Street is the main street and activity hub of Philipsburg, St. Maarten’s Dutch-side capital. Running along the inside of the bay, Front Street (Voorstraat) is home to some the island’s finest restaurants and shopping—including duty-free jewelry, electronics, and cigars—as well as historic wooden buildings.More

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Divi Little Bay BeachResort is a secluded beach just outside Philipsburg on the western peninsula of St. Martin’s Great Bay. Postcard-pretty with soft, white sand and tranquil, turquoise water, the beach is popular spot for snorkeling and other watersports such as jet skiing, paddle boats, and parasailing.More

Great Bay Beach

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
Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre Island

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
Pinel Island

Pinel Island

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
Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach

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
Baie Rouge Beach

Baie Rouge Beach

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
D-Boat SXM

D-Boat SXM

A ship transformed into a restaurant and entertainment hub, D-Boat SXM draws visitors to the island of St. Maarten who come to eat, drink, and enjoy the Caribbean coastline from this unique floating viewpoint.More

Philipsburg Courthouse

Standing sentinel in the palm-lined Watney Square on Front Street, Philipsburg Courthouse is the centerpiece of the island’s Dutch capital. Built in 1793, the white wooden structure with crisp green trim has a bell tower topped by a pineapple—a classic Caribbean symbol for “welcome.” Once used as a jail, a post office, and a fire station, the building is currently a working courthouse.More

Oyster Pond

Saint Martin / Sint Maarten is the smallest territory in the world to be peacefully divided by two distant powers. The border between the French side and the Dutch side along the island’s east coast is simply demarcated by the clear, calm waters of Oyster Pond, a protected cove with a pretty marina and a dock for ferries to Saint Barthelemy.More
Fort St. Louis

Fort St. Louis

Built on the orders of Louis XVI in 1767, Fort St. Louis sits atop a cliff overlooking Marigot, the capital of the French side of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten. Long decommissioned, the fort still waves the French flag. The formidable walls and cannons that protected the island from invading powers and pirates are in excellent shape today.More

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Top activities in St Maarten

St. Maarten Best Island Tour

St. Maarten Best Island Tour

The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
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Anguilla Getaway Cruise

Anguilla Getaway Cruise

3 Island Adventure with stop at Tintamarre to swim with Turtles
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Electric Adventures Buggy Rental

Electric Adventures Buggy Rental

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Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour

Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in St Maarten

Highly recommend
Ally_P, Sep 2022
St. Maarten Best Island Tour
I got the chance to see the whole of Sint Maarten and do a lot more!
Excellent tour of Saint Martin’s
Jay_F, Jul 2022
The Best of St Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour
Sunita tours is an excellent time , value, and a very nice way to see all of Saint martins!
E-Bike the Island
Jennifer_B, Nov 2022
Gem of The Island Tour with E-Bike
Great way to see the island!
Great sightseeing tour of the whole island!
Rachel_A, Aug 2022
St. Maarten Pelican Private Tour
We wanted to see more of the island and have a more private local experience rather than the big cruise tour groups.
St Maarten Sea life!
Gerry_H, Apr 2022
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling, Beach Tour Including Lunch in St. Maarten
A great way to see the St Maarten coast line.
Fantastic day trip. The...
Thomas_K, Jan 2022
The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten
Hope to see you again.
Great trip
Margot_D, Jul 2021
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling, Beach Tour Including Lunch in St. Maarten
A can advice it to everyone who comes to visit Saint Martin.
Great experience and fun ride!
Jessica_N, Jul 2021
Airport Transfers in St. Maarten
Comfortable ride, reliable pick-up and drop-off and great recommendations for local activities and restaurants and bars.
The best way to see the island
Angela_J, Feb 2021
Guided ATV Tour of Dutch & French St. Maarten with Island Highlights & Beach
Definitely the best way to see Sint Maarten!
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.
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
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!!
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.
Ferry ride good, crew staff very...
Lorne S, Feb 2014
St Barts Ferry Round Trip Transfer from St Maarten
Ferry ride good, crew staff very good very nice place to visit we really enjoyed our vacation to St Maarten
Sean_K, Apr 2022
2 Hours Private Jet Ski Tour in Saint Martin with free passenger
We toured around the island and got to see it from a different perspective while having an insanely fun time on the Jet Skis.
You don’t want to miss this tour!
Sandra_J, Mar 2022
The Best of St Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour
We expected a typical bus ride to see some of the island vistas but we got so much more.
Best way to see st Maarten by sea
Kadria_S, Feb 2022
Full Day Snorkeling, Beach and Island Hopping Excursion/Tour
We were able to see various fishes, a dolphin and a few turtles.
A day on the sea
Sullie, Nov 2021
Best of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour for Cruise Ship Guests
What a great day with a small tour and a great captain to see both sides of St Maarten.
A fantastic day spent with an incredible crew!
ANNA_B, Nov 2021
St Maarten Luxury Catamaran Full-Day Group Charter
He chose beautiful places for us to anchor and explore, and he directed us to the perfect spots for snorkeling to see the wildlife!
A private tour is the way to go !!
Harold_L, Sep 2021
Private Customizable Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten
Maarten, I was in charge of the activities.
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