St-Martin and St Maarten Island Sights, Shopping and Maho Beach Tour
The tour will will begin with a historical element as you visit the Great Salt Pond located in Philipsburg (Dutch Capital Town). As you drive towards the North of the island with photo stops at Dawn Beach and Oyster Bay, there will be a stop at Corilita Bay, a natural reserve overlooking the French island of St Barth.
Next you will get to feed the iguanas before a drive towards French Quarter, the first village settled by the French in 1629 and a stop at Paradise View for a panoramic view of the ever-popular Orient Beach and some of the islets. Next is a drive through Grand Case, a quaint village lined with restaurants on both sides of the narrow street with a diverse selection of cuisines, and a pure white soft sand beach with the British island of Anguilla in the backdrop.
With two sides of the island, there are two capital towns, and for the next stop you will visit Marigot, the charming capital town of St Martin. Take in the French atmosphere where shops line the colonial streets and an open-air bazaar surrounds the central square for arts, crafts and souvenirs lovers. Visit Fort Louis, a superbly restored fort built in the end of the 18th century. A climb up the steps is well worth the effort for panoramic views of Anguilla and the entire French capital.
As you cross the symbolic border back to the Dutch side it will be time for the main attraction! Enjoy the ultimate experience in St Maarten at the Maho Beach! Rated number one in the world for extreme plane watching, the Maho Beach famously, known as the Airport Beach is a must visit!
After Maho Beach you will take a drive through the cosmopolitan town of Simpson Bay and make a stop at Cole Bay Hill for the most breathtaking views on the island. Then it's on our way back to the cruise port with an optional drop-off in Philipsburg for guests who wants to explore the shopping mecca of the Caribbean.
- Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Beverages (beer, water, soft drinks, guavaberry rum punch)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
This was a good trip with a very knowledgeable guide. Eat first though as lunch stop was much too short. Worth doing. Good price value.
Very nice! Air conditioned van and tour guide was very informative. Saw a lot of things and learned a lot of history.
Interesting trip to visit both French and Dutch side. Even get to visit Maho Beach to see the famous low landing planes.
Anthony was fabulous ! He took us all around the island. Good information beautiful island
It was good. The driver could have been more informative about the island.
We had a great bus driver who made the trip very interesting. Was disappointed that we got dropped off here and there where there were tons of the same kind of souvenir shopping. Maho Beach wasn't that big of a deal. Yes, the airplanes flying over so close to the beach was truly something to see but the beach was crowded, rocky and not that clean looking.