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The tour company was late to pick up. This tour is ALOT of driving! I wish we would have done something that allowed time to other stuff. We did not get to do things listed in the tour description. We didn't see Calvin the Sea urchin man but instead saw the iguana location. Orient Beach is not running with all the shops closed and only one restaurant it felt disappointing. We spent 1.5 hours here, the water is gorgeous but restaurant didn't open unitl 12 so there wasn't much else to do. You make several Photo Stops, while cool, I wouldn't do that again. The shops in Marigot were nothing special, or at least the part our guide took us. They had all the same stuff in the Terminal . Maho beach we didn't have a lot of time there we did see a few planes but it really isn't a beach for swimming. While we did get to see a lot of things It would have been better I think to invest more time at a few things instead of like 10. It was a lot of time spent in the car. The fook marigot was very expensive as well, don't let them offer you the rice as that adds $10 to your bill. We ordered the BBQ chicken that was $6 but then when we got our bill it was $16. The rice was not included and that isn't mentioned on the menu.
We booked this group excursion and ended up being the only 2 so it was private! Driver was knowledgeable and very friendly. So much so we treated him to lunch. The airport time was a little rushed and we didnt see any large planes. There is still a lot of hurricane damage but the beaches are beautiful. We didnt feel rushed and we got to see just about everything. I highly recommend this trip.
Paul was our guide for this excursion. He was very nice and knowledgeable. There was a lot of damages from the hurricane but it did not take away the beauty of this island. We enjoyed the Maho Beach experience, sight seeings, and local foods. We went to Friar Beach instead of Orient Beach. We stayed here for about 2 hours before heading back. The beach was nice, quite, and clean.
Was on Oasis of the Seas coming into SM. At cruise port, lots of other excursions leaving, so look to the far left and you will see a little white tent and guard and some tour operators. This is where we found our guide. Since our ship came into SM late, we were the only people on the tour my family of five with wife/I and three teens. Oasis was one of the first ships back to SM after the hurricanes. Got to say that the French side of SM is still largely destroyed. We were not allowed on Orient Beach due to the rubble, and the French town was largely closed. We highly enjoyed the Maho Beach with the airplanes coming in, and the beaches and shops at Phillipsburg. Our tour guide did a great job giving us the history of the island. He was amazing.
My sister and I ended up being the only ones on the tour which meant we received a personalized tour of St. Maarten/Ste. Martin. It was great! We spent as long as we wanted at Orient and Maho beaches and had plenty of time to browse the shops in Marigot. Our guide was excellent and we really felt taken care of all day. Loved it!
We had a good tour with our driver, Paul! The other people canceled so it ended up being a private tour for my wife and I. The tour offered a great view of the entire island with plenty of time at Orient beach. The only thing I would change about this tour would be a little bit more time exploring Marigot, as we only had time for a very quick lunch before heading back out. Note: The tour advertises a stop to visit the sea urchin man but he has recently passed away. Instead of this, we stopped to visit the iguanas instead! Great tour!
Paul was AWESOME! The other family that was supposed to be on our tour was running late but he didn't make us wait. He had another tour guide wait for them which was great. He took us all over the Island and answered any questions we had. We have an 8 year old so he made sure to do things to entertain her. He made sure to take us to a calmer beach so she could swim and he cleaned the sand from our shoes while he waited. He really went the extra mile to please us. He provided a cooler full of drinks and informed us that it was expensive at certain places to help us save money. Paul made the most of our time and helped us enjoy the island to the fullest the whole entire day. Everyone on the island knows Paul and I'm sure it because he is so AWESOME! I hope to see him again one day :- I absolutely recommend this tour! The Martin Family