Explore Philipsburg during this 3-hour guided cycling tour. Leave the casinos and jewelry stores of St Maarten's capital behind to learn about the city's history as a strip of sand between the Great Salt Pond and the Great Bay. Visit historical sites like the Philipsburg Courthouse and St Maarten's oldest inn. Pedal up to Fort Amsterdam for spectacular hilltop views of the Great Bay. Use of bicycle and safety gear is included on this tour.
3-hour tour of Philipsburg by bicycle
See the historic highlights of St Maarten’s capital, including the Philipsburg Courthouse, Passangrahn Hotel and Fort Amsterdam
Learn about the city’s rich history from an informative guide
Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
Make your way to the Philipsburg cruise terminal to meet your group and cycling guide. After a brief safety orientation, get fitted for a bicycle and safety gear. After you practice a little bit go get comfortable, follow your guide into the streets of Philipsburg. Visit the Passangrahn Hotel, the oldest inn in St Maarten, and learn about its colorful history and West Indian architecture. In the center of town, see the Philipsburg Courthouse on Front Street and Captain Hodge's Wharf. Leaving downtown, pedal up Little Bay Hill, which affords views of Great Bay, Little Bay and the whole of Philipsburg from the top. Feel free to hop off and walk your bike up the challenging hill. Pedal through the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to reach Fort Amsterdam, perched out on a peninsula. Built in the 17th century, this fort was the first belonging to the Dutch in the whole Caribbean. Learn about the many battles between the Spanish and Dutch fleets that took place here in the 1600s. The site offers panoramic views of the city and Great Bay. Cycle along a pleasant boardwalk back to the Philipsburg cruise port, where your tour will end after 3 hours.
Benson and his associate were super! Very knowledgeable about the island, they showed us a lot of great spots. Not a difficult ride.....They kept the bikers safe since cars, trucks and bikes all share the road, but we never felt uncomfortable. Good amount of time spent near beaches, and the drink at the end was a nice topper!
This was a nice way to see Philipsburg and learn about its history. Guide was very friendly, well organized, and kept the small group safe and together. There's one very steep heart-pumping hill on a busy street. We made it up, but you can walk it if need be. My wife and I try to take bike tours wherever we go. Its a good way to see the highlites and meet some locals. You don't have much time to enter museums or shops, but once you see something interesting, you can always go back on your own on another day. Much better than a bus tour or walking in a large crowd listening through headphones. This tour was a perfect way to enjoy a nice day.
Our tour guide JP was a wealth of knowledge about the history of St. Maarten and made the tour very fun and interactive. We stopped often, got to see many different points of interest and the views were absolutely breathtaking! I am not an avid bike rider but JP was accommodating to my athletic ability and made sure I was always comfortable. I would highly recommend any tours by Tri Sport.
Tour was very informative. Our guide Joost is very knowledgeable of the Island history. Ride was mostly on flat surface except going up the hill to the fort which was very challenging. Islanders are very friendly. Overall, this was a great tour.
We had a great tour! Juan Pablo took extra time to talk us through the history of the island and answer many questions we had. We were thankful of how conscience our guide was of road safety while we were sharing the road with motorized vehicles.
Joost was such a great tour guide. He made us feel very comfortable on the bikes and provided so much knowledge and insight regarding the island's history. He even gave me a little pep talk while we were pedaling up the hill which was greatly appreciated! : The bike tour was a great way to get a feel for the island, see some beautiful sights and get a great history lesson. I would highly recommend this tour to any and every one. :
juan pablo did a great job leading us. 7 miles round trip with lots of stops along the way for some great history of the island. Narrow streets, but the drivers are very respectful of bikers. slow pace as you dodge pedestrians on the boardwalk. 1 short but steep hill. A small hike up to the old fort. ride on the beach. a beverage at a local restaurant. We learned you can even rent the gear if you want to tour the island yourself. something to do for our next trip.