St. Maarten

St. Maarten offers a delightful case of split personality. Legend has it that a Frenchman and a Dutchman divided ownership of the island through a walk-off: Standing back to back, the two headed in opposite directions, walking around the island until they met. Perhaps the Dutchman paused for a refreshing brew. At any rate, the French ended up claiming 21 square miles of the island to 16 square miles for the Dutch. This lively tale says much about St. Maarten's easygoing ways. No formal boundary exists between the Dutch and French sides of the island; a simple welcome sign tells you when you cross from one country to the other. But the differences are as noticeable as the spelling of the island's name. The French spell it St. Martin. And it's this split personality that lends so much to the island's charms, including an international reputation for the finest cuisine in the Caribbean.

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Points of Interest

  • Philipsburg
  • Marigot
  • Grand Case
  • America's Cup Regatta
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • St. Barths
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  • Philipsburg

    The Dutch capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg charms with colonial architecture, historic buildings, wonderful shopping and sun-swept beaches. Just a few blocks wide, delights can be found around every corner.

  • Marigot

    The hub of French St. Martin, this capital city is filled with designer boutiques, sidewalk cafés and bistros and trendy art galleries. Wander through the charming streets and experience a taste of France.

  • Grand Case

    Hailed as the "Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean", this charming seaside town is renowned for its exceptional dining and culinary variety, glorious beaches and romantic vistas.

  • America's Cup Regatta

    Take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Dennis Conner for the day and race million-dollar yachts in the turquoise blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean Sea.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    One of St. Maarten's pluses is the fine collection of venues to sail, swim, snorkel and kayak. Or take an exhilarating Segway tour on the boardwalk!

  • St. Barths

    Gustavia is the capital of St. Barths and the center of commerce. You will be dropped off right in town for independent sightseeing, shopping, or dining in town.

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Under Two Flags Island Drive

2 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-100
  • Grand Case
  • St. Barths
  • Philipsburg
  • Marigot

Discover the island's dual personalities with a scenic sightseeing tour that takes you from the Dutch capital of Philipsburg to the French capital of Marigot. Take in spectacular views, pass lovely beaches and typical, tranquil Caribbean villages. Stop and shop in an array of duty-free shops in Marigot.

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$29.95

Afternoon Beach Break

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-290
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

Looking for a little sun and sand during the day? This afternoon beach break is the perfect outing for those wanting to experience the turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of St. Maarten. A rustic stretch of sand on the Dutch side of the island awaits your discovery.

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$44.95

Top 10 Best of St. Maarten

4.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-105
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Climb aboard for a fun filled, narrated motorcoach ride that discovers St. Maarten's top 10 hotspots. Your comprehensive, island-wide adventure includes multiple photo opportunities and commentary on the island's history and culture. There is free time for a little shopping and the option to be dropped off downtown at the conclusion.

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$49.95

Airport Adventure & Snorkel Cruise

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-820
  • Outdoor Adventure

Thrill to the sight of watching airplanes land and take off from the world famous Princess Juliana International Airport the Airport Adventure SXM, from the comfort of a multi-deck oceangoing vessel. Relax, swim, or snorkel during this lively boat cruise through picturesque Maho Bay.

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$64.95

Beach Break & Lunch

4.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-285
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

The turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of St. Maarten offer the perfect spot to while away the hours on a comfy beach chair situated on a rustic stretch of sand on the Dutch side of the island. Along with sun and fun, you'll be treated to lunch and drinks.

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$64.95

Lagoon Cruise, Marigot & Scenic Island Drive

4 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-605
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Explore picturesque St. Maarten by land and sea when you cruise Simpson Bay Lagoon on a custom boat to cosmopolitan Marigot. Stroll the streets of the French capital and browse the chic boutiques and cafés. Then, enjoy an island drive back to port passing scenic highlights along the way.

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$69.95

Lagoon Kayaking Adventure

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-880
  • Outdoor Adventure

Paddle across the largest saltwater lagoon in the Antilles on a guided kayak expedition. The spectacular scenery and serene pace makes this a wonderful way to explore the island. End your tour with a swim on to the scenic Kim Sha Beach.

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$69.95

Semi-Sub, Marigot, Scenic Drive & Shopping

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-655
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Embark on an island adventure that begins with a semi-submarine cruise below the water's surface, takes you on a guided sightseeing tour that showcases the island's scenic beauty, and ends with a shopping trip to the French capital of Marigot.

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Rockland Estate & Sky Explorer

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-225
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take in breathtaking views from St. Maarten's newest attraction, the Sky Explorer chairlift. A tranquil ride climbs 2,630 feet to the top of one of St. Maarten's highest mountains, where panoramic vistas await. You'll also visit Rockland Estate, a plantation house built in the 1700s.

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Scenic Drive of Dutch & French St. Maarten

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-115
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Get to know the dynamic duo of Dutch and French St. Maarten during a leisurely get acquainted tour. Soak up the sights of Philipsburg, enjoy a photo stop at Cole Bay Hill, shop 'till you stop in Marigot, and admire the architecture of Grand Case and the French Quarter.

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Scenic Drive of Dutch & French St. Maarten - (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-116
  • Philipsburg
  • Grand Case
  • Marigot

Get to know the dynamic duo of Dutch and French St. Maarten during a leisurely get acquainted tour. Soak up the sights of Philipsburg, enjoy a photo stop at Cole Bay Hill, shop 'till you stop in Marigot, and admire the architecture of Grand Case and the French Quarter.

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Trail & Beach Horseback Ride & Scenic Drive

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-430
  • Philipsburg
  • Outdoor Adventure

Saddle up and explore the island's natural flora and fauna while on the back of a sure-footed horse. Your adventure includes riding along scenic rocky trails and a chance to ride your mount right into the waves of the Caribbean Sea for a memorable swim.

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$99.95

Circle Island Scenic Cruise, Snorkel & Beach

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-815
  • Marigot
  • Outdoor Adventure

Zip through the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean aboard a high-speed power raft to the best snorkeling and beach locations in St. Maarten. You'll zoom down the scenic coast en route to the French side of the island for snorkeling then on to the north coast for sunning and swimming.

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$99.95

Golden Eagle Catamaran Sail, Snorkel & Beach Break

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-765
  • Outdoor Adventure

Sail away along the Caribbean side of the island on a glamorous catamaran adventure to a pristine beach. Enjoy ample time for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the sparkling shore before savoring French baguette sandwiches, elegant champagne and lively music on your return scenic cruise.

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$99.95

Rockland Estate, Sky Explorer & Flying Dutchman

3.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-415
  • Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy a bird's-eye-view of St. Maarten as you soar through the air on the Sky Explorer. Your tranquil ride glides 2,630 feet up to the Crow's Nest atop Sentry Hill, St. Maarten's highest mountain. Then, fly back down to earth on The Flying Dutchman, the world's steepest zipline!

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St. Barths on Your Own

5.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-295
  • St. Barths

Explore the island of St. Barths at your own pace. Hit the beach, stroll along the tree-lined streets of Gustavia, visit the 300-year-old Fort Gustav, shop in St. Jean, look for unclaimed pirate booty among the sands of Salines, an unspoiled seaside escape that's famous for its nude beach.

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Sky Explorer, Schooner Ride & Canopy Tour

4 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-400
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take in the amazing views as you glide on the Sky Explorer, to mid-station, where the Schooner Ride sends you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube. Then hop back on Sky Explorer and fly high on the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge enjoying the views.

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Helmet Diving at Sea Trek Underwater Park

2.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-900
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take a walk on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea courtesy of a specially designed Sea Trek diving helmet. Breathe comfortably without the use of a regulator or mouthpiece as you follow your guide through an undersea garden pathway while observing a variety of tropical marine life.

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America's Cup 12-Metre Yacht Race

2.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-755
  • America's Cup Regatta
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience the thrill of racing the famous 12-meter race boats Stars & Stripes, or contenders Canada II and True North IV around a shortened America's Cup course. Grind a winch, trim a sail or punch a stopwatch as you sail for the world's oldest continuously contested trophy in sports.

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Sky Explorer, Schooner Ride, Flying Dutchman & Canopy

5.5 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-405
  • Outdoor Adventure

Ride all the thrill rides in St. Maarten on the ultimate excitement tour. Fly down the mountain on the world's steepest cable. Ride an inner tube down a twisty mountainous path. Soar over a canopy of trees on a traditional zip line. Top it off with a scenic aerial tram.

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Rhino Rider Boat Adventure & Happy Bay

3 hours | St. Maarten | SXM-580
  • Outdoor Adventure

Explore the island on a Rhino Rider-two-time winners of St. Maarten's prestigious "Tour of the Year." These fast, two-person inflatable motorboats allow you to zip past St. Maarten's most memorable sights. You're the pilot on an exhilarating adventure that includes a beach stop with snorkeling.

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$199.95