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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. 

The Basics
Travelers have many options to explore Simpson Bay as part of half-day or full-day tour in a speed boat, a self-drive inflatable boat, or even a dinner cruise combined with visits to beautiful beaches to sunbathe, swim, and snorkel. Additional stops may include the Dutch capital of Philipsburg, the Creole Rock nature reserve, swimming with sea turtles off Tintamarre Island, or dinner at a beachfront restaurant on Pinel Island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Simpson Bay tours may include round-trip hotel transfers, marine park fees, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.
  • Adventure tours may have minimum ages.
  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, and water for hydration.

How to Get There
Simpson Bay is located along the island’s southwest coast next to the main airport, which is about a 10-minute drive from both the French capital of Marigot and the Dutch capital of Philipsburg. Parking is available at any of the small beachside hotels and restaurants. 

When to Get There
The best times to visit St. Martin/St. Maarten are the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when cheaper rates are offered and rains less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round, with summer months being the hottest. Humpback whales can be observed from February to June.

Carousel and Gelato
A must see for the family while at Simpson Bay is the charming historical carousel. Inside a unique 16-sided structure, the gentle amusement ride is surrounded by beautiful and fragrant gardens, but the main attraction is the delicious creamy gelato, available in an array of flavors. 
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Self-Drive Boat Tour and Snorkel from Simpson Bay

Discover the beauty of St Maarten's western coast aboard a self-drive inflatable boat—a unique alternative to the typical sightseeing tour. A knowledgable guide will accompany you on your journey from Philipsburg to Creole Rock on the island's French side. Once arriving, spend some time snorkeling in protected waters alongside sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, then get back behind the wheel to marvel at hidden bays and beaches.*Please note: in order to book multiple boats, you will need to make separate bookings
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre islands

Explore St Maarten on a half-day speedboat and snorkeling tour. With your expert captain and small group limited to sixteen people, jet out from Philipsburg to several nearby locations like the uninhabited Tintamarre Island. Jump into the water and snorkel at the biodiversity hotspot Creole Rock, then enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island. Sip beers and soda from the onboard bar as your captain shares his knowledge of St Maarten and the surrounding waters with you.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Scuba Diving

St Maarten Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

Discover the vast waters off St Maarten on a certified scuba diving excursion. Set out on a short cruise from Philipsburg and plunge into the sea alongside experienced PADI guides, who will bring you to the area's best dive sites for the weather—taking into about your diving preferences and group members' various skill levels. Explore the colorful corals of Mike's Maze, peruse the remains of sunken sailboats and an old bridge, or marvel at eagle rays as they glide gracefully above you.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Dinner Cruises

Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

Watch the sunset and dine on Creole fare aboard a catamaran during this 3-hour excursion from St Maarten. Sip drinks from the open bar and munch on complimentary appetizers while the sun sinks below the horizon. Once twilight falls, enjoy a buffet-style Creole dinner, followed by dessert and Caribbean rum. Hit the dance floor to island beats while the boat sails back to the marina.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Kayaking & Canoeing

St Maarten Kayak and Snorkel Adventure in Simpson Bay

Kayak and snorkel in St Maarten's Simpson Bay during a leisurely, 2.5-hour eco-adventure. This slow-paced excursion is a suitable option for beginner snorkelers and kayakers. Follow your adventure guide on 45 minutes of snorkeling and 40 minutes of kayaking, with plenty of breaks and instruction. Get a clear view of the island's underwater environment, including live coral and species such as parrot fish, trumpet fish and tang. Finish up with a refreshment at a beachside restaurant and a group discussion of the marine life you witnessed. Use of all equipment is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba in St Maarten

Explore the underwater world on this introductory scuba diving adventure from St Maarten. During this 4-hour activity, perfect for beginner divers, slip into the calm Caribbean water to discover shallow dive sites accompanied by a PADI instructor. This tour is limited to twelve people to ensure safety and personalized attention. Choose between a morning dive departing from Divi Little Bay or an afternoon dive from Simpson Bay.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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