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While your ship is in St Maarten's port, swim and lounge at Orient Beach and Maho Beach on this half-day shore excursion. Jet ski, paraglide or sail at Orient Beach, then grab a snack at one of the many bars and restaurants there. Travel to Maho beach and watch jumbo jets fly overhead to land at the nearby airport. A guide, complimentary refreshments and round-trip transportation from the cruise port are included.


  • Half-day shore excursion to St Maarten beaches
  • Find water sports equipment for hire at Orient Bay Beach
  • At Maho Beach, watch planes fly close overhead from Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments (water, beer, soda or guavaberry rum punch)
  • Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Round-trip transport from cruise port included
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

Explore the beaches of St Maarten

Meet your friendly guide at the Philipsburg cruise port and board a comfortable, air-conditioned van for transport to your first beach stop. Onboard, enjoy complimentary refreshments like water, beer, soda and rum punch.

Arrive at St Maarten's longest beach, Orient Bay Beach, where you'll stay for approximately 2 hours. Spread out your towel and relax in the sand, wade or swim in the calm aqua waters, or visit some of the nearby beach bars and restaurants. Sailboats, jet skis and paragliding excursions are all available, as well as some kids' activities (at your own expense.)

Around midday, return to the vehicle for the trip to Maho Bay Beach. Famous for its proximity fo Princess Juliana International Airport, the beach is a great place to see jumbo jets fly in and out of the island. Stroll the white sand beach, lounge in the sand, or watch the waves crash on the rocky coast during your 2-hour stay here. Visit the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill for lunch (own expense) while listening to a live feed from the airport's control tower.

After your half day of fun in the sun and sand, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was raining when we arrived in port, however we still decided to take the tour. The meeting place was easy to find and the staff was very welcoming. Our driver was very accomodating as there were only 6 of us, which was great. We went swimming at Orient Beach in the rain then boarded the van and went to Maho. Amazing. We had plenty of time to watch the planes. Highly recommend this tour. We found out that people paid way too much for the same or less on the ship.

Marsha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great excursion. Spent 2 hours on each beach and enjoyed every minute. Food and restrooms available on each. Saw numerous topless sun bathers on Orient beach but none on Maho beach. Only downside was the traffic on the island. Driving to and from the beaches was very slow.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had 15 trips in the Caribbean this one was the best. Well organised plenty of rum punch and beer and a very good guide.

Johnny S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Third time in Saint Maarten great place to visit beautiful beaches and good food. I do recommend it for all travellers to visit Saint Maarten.

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing beaches ist we visited orient beach which was wonderful perfect beach and beautiful warm sea then we went to maho beach very busy but truly amazing you can almost touch the planes as they land at the airport both beaches are well worth a visit a great excursion by viator I would recommend this trip to anyone

Raith N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Ein freundlicher Fahrer und eine gute Organisation.

Miroslava K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

very nice trip for czech turist: srdečně doporučujeme, bezvadná organizace a průvodce, pláž u letiště s letadly nad hlavou je zážitek, stejně jako koupačka
petr a spol

Jessica P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

we really enjoyed this! our tour guide was Bert. Orient Beach had free wifi for our use, and you got a chair for just 5. not crowded at all. by the time it started to fill in, we were off to Maho.

saw some great planes, and we were there for the take off of the American Airlines flight. my other half was on the fence for the jet blast and loved it!

you had 2 hours total at each beach, and you drove the entire circumference of the island so you got to see alot. I highly recommend the guacamole at Sunset Bar maho beach. Dee-lish!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour with the very entertaining Bert .. Fun watching the planes taking off and landing too! A must do in St Maarten

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Spent a great day at 2 beaches. Our tour guide, Otis, was very knowledgeable about the island and its history. Fantastic tour.

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