• Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Explore the quaint towns, sunny beaches and local food of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion from Philipsburg. Get to know the French side (St-Martin) and the Dutch side (St Maarten) of the island with your local guide. Learn about the European cultural flavor and the divided colonial past of this small tropical island. This outing is covered by the Viator worry-free shore excursion policy.

Highlights

  • 4.5-hour St Maarten shore excursion exploring both Dutch and French sides
  • Sunbathe or swim in the gorgeous sea at Grand Case Beach and enjoy a visit to Maho Beach
  • Try a local guavaberry rum punch drink in the island's gourmet capital, Grand Case
  • Explore the open-air craft and clothing market in Marigot, a quaint French village
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

Visit the city of Marigot on this Island Sightseeing Tour!

Meet your local guide after your cruise ship docks at Philipsburg's port for this St Maarten shore excursion. This divided tropical island, only 37 square miles (60 square km) is shared by the French and the Dutch and has a fascinating colonial history.

Head for the island's north end, to Grand Case Beach. Take a walk down the sugar-white sand shore and wade into the calm, warm water. After some time relaxing on one of the French side's most famous beaches, walk into the town of Grand Case, known as the Caribbean's gastronomic capital. Sample a Johnny Cake, a fried cornmeal pancake that's a local specialty (own expense,) or sip some guavaberry punch made from the island's berries (one drink is included in the tour.)

Travel to the capital of St-Martin, Marigot, and stroll the colonial streets to the bazaar. Fevel in the Gallic atmosphere before heading for the Maho Beach on the Dutch side of the island. This beach is famous for its proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport. Hit the beach to watch as jumbo jets go roaring over your head.

Drive past the white sand, blue water and bustling marina of Simpson Bay on your return trip to the cruise port. Request to be dropped off in Philipsburg town if you'd like to spend some more time shopping and exploring. If so, please note that Viator's worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies. Please see Additional Information for details.

Customer Reviews

Amelia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My husband and son 22 yrs loved the tour. St Maarten still has a long way to recover...

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent trip, well organised with really interesting guide. Island is badly damaged by hurricane Irma but was still interesting.

Loren D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

While the island is recovering and the damage was heartbreaking, our guide was able to still show us the amazing beauty of the island. He also put a real human view on what happened during the storm as well as the work going on now after the storm.

jill.kunkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour with a great tour guide, Otis.

Teresa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

this tour was amazing it was my 80th birthday and our tour driver wellington made sure i had the best birthday yet i also met the most amazing people on this tour if you want to meet new friends and have a good time i highly recommend this tour the beaches were great and the tour was very informative we laughed for 4 and a half hours made new friends for life and wellington our driver was a hoot be sure to ask for him if you book this tour he is amazing

Emil B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very nice and knowledgeable driver/guide for the tour. Interesting stops on the way. Nice swim at Orientale Beach. At the end I was sorry the tour was not a couple of hours longer. Thank you very much to our driver/guide! 11 March 2018

Molly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wellington was FANTASTIC and great with our kids! We would recommend this tour for anyone that wants to see the island beyond just the beaches and understand the history, but also enjoy getting your toes in the sand. We loved it!!

Amber D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent excursion. David our driver was amazing and kept us entertained. Would definitely recommend this excursion.

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great trip. Tour guide, Fleming very knowledgable about the island. Thank you

Steve L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The island is devastated right now and tourism is all that is helping residents to recover. It was amazing to see the resilience of the people and the work being done! Wonderful experience on such a gorgeous island both sides.

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