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Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

1. Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

Enjoy a perfect ending to a beautiful day in paradise on an evening cruise around the coastline of Sint Maarten. This coastal cruise on board the Lambada catamaran is truly spectacular and a tour that you will remember forever. Enjoy sightseeing as the Lambada sails from Pelican Marina on Simpson Bay up the coast to Long Bay, straight into the setting sun. Great music and an array of tasty snacks and drinks are provided for your enjoyment aboard the boat. Enjoy the spacious decks of the boat and relax on the nets set up on the front of the bow while the experienced crew provide excellent service and cater to your needs.

St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

2. St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

Enjoy a 4.5-hour circular tour of the French and Dutch sides of St. Maarten (St.Martin), and experience a true Caribbean welcome. You will drive northeast to Dawn Beach and Oyster Bay, crossing one of the symbolic borders before stopping at Corilita Natural Reserve for breathtaking views of the tropical wilderness. Continue to the viewpoint overlooking Orient Beach. Then, relax on one of the most serene beaches at Grand Case. Stroll along a pure white shore, or swim in the turquoise waters. Grand Case is the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, and you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine for lunch. Try some scrumptious Johnny Cake - a fried cornmeal pancake - or other traditional dishes. Now it’s time to shop in Marigot, the charming capital of St. Martin, where a lovely French atmosphere unfurls along colonial streets and the open-air bazaar. Next, explore the upscale area of Lowland, crossing another border back to the Dutch side to reach Maho Beach. Watch as the jumbo jets fly low over the sand to land at Princess Juliana International Airport. Your tour ends with a drive past Simpson Bay, stopping at Cole Bay Hill for one last picturesque view. If you wish, you can be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own, instead of returning to the port.

St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

3. St. Maarten: Best of St. Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore untouched beaches, scenic vistas, and duty-free shopping. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and climb aboard a bus with a dynamic, entertaining guide and see the highlights of St Maarten on this daytime tour. Visit nearby mountain tops for stunning views of downtown Phillipsburg, Margot, and some of the neighboring islands. Experience the best of St. Maarten in one day, with a private guide for just you and your family or group. Enjoy the guide's full attention as you travel around St. Maarten and avoid overcrowded tours. See St. Maarten and enjoy sightseeing, learn the area's history, get your pictures taken with the gorgeous island views in the background, and do some fabulous duty-free shopping. Eat lunch at a delicious local restaurant, and then move on to swim/relax at Mullet Bay, one of the best beaches in St. Maarten, or decide on any beach of your choice! Do whatever your heart desires and take advantage of the freedom to stay as long as you like at any points of interest.

Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear and Anguilla

4. Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear and Anguilla

Enhance your St. Maarten holiday with a full-day sail to the gorgeous and unspoiled islands of sun and sand – Anguilla and Prickly Pear. The Lambada has a 17-year history of party boat fun, family gatherings, and an outstanding crew, and is always a top-ranked excursion. Departing from Simpson Bay Resort, the Lambada sails up the west coast of St. Maarten, and from Plum Point across the channel, and to Prickly Pear Island for snorkeling. Non-swimmers can also enjoy the beach and shallow clear water! Enjoy a tasty meal at Johnno's Prickly Pear. Choose the BBQ chicken, fish, or ribs buffet, and then enjoy some free time beach combing, swimming, or relaxing in the sun. Stop for swim at a beach on the way home. Like all the beaches on Anguilla, the sand is white and the waters a breathtaking turquoise blue. During the nice leisurely sail back you’ll be treated to foot-tapping Caribbean rhythms and a tasty rum punch.

St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

5. St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour

Following pick-up from the cruise port at Philipsburg, transfer to Orient Beach to discover the longest beach in St. Maarten. Orient Beach boasts a wide range of beach bars and restaurants, all within easy reach of the sand. Take advantage of water sports facilities (own expense) such as jet skis, sailboats, paragliding and kids activities. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pristine, clear blue waters. You will have 2 hours at Orient Beach before the transfer to Maho Beach. Arrive at Maho Beach at approximately midday, just in time to see the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 come into land at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. The huge planes will fly just a few meters over the beach for a thrilling spectacle. With 2 hours at Maho Beach, you will automatically become a guest of the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill. Here you can enjoy a cocktail or tasty lunch (own expense). Listen to the live feed of the control tower communicating with the approaching aircraft. Sit back and relax and feel the cool breeze of the Caribbean Sea. Stroll along the pure white sand and get lost in the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.  Then transfer back to your hotel or the cruise port, having achieved the official status of a St. Maarten beach bum!

St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

6. St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

For the ultimate St. Maarten sightseeing tour, book a private driver/guide and explore the Caribbean island to your own specifications. Create your own itinerary and indulge in all the unique attractions that the colorful destination has to offer. Coupled with shopping at boutique stores, stops at soft white sand beaches, and visits to historical landmarks, your driver/guide will share a wealth of local knowledge. Discover the best places to go swimming and snorkeling. Learn where you can fly over the jungle canopy on a zipline. Go to the beach at Maho to experience the unique drama of the planes coming into land. And try some authentic St. Maarten cuisine in Grand Case. Your personal guide will help you put together a must-see and must-do list of activities, to make sure you get to explore the island just the way you want to.

Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

7. Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach

Feel your adrenalin soar as you focus your camera on jumbo jets just feet above your head, coming in to land at the Princess Juliana International Airport. Experience five hours at the beach with some extreme plane spotting! Start out with a drive from the St. Maarten cruise port along the Great Salt Pond. Take in aerial views of the island from Cole Bay Hill. See the nearby islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla as well. When you arrive at Maho Beach, the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has the flight arrivals listed on a surfboard so you don’t miss a landing. A live feed of the communication between the airport control tower and the arriving aircraft is aired as well.

Sint Maarten: Little Bay SNUBA Adventure

8. Sint Maarten: Little Bay SNUBA Adventure

SNUBA offers a fun aquatic adventure for all ages. Enjoy the perfect trip for those who want to explore under the sea without a scuba diving certificate. Set sail off the picturesque coast of Sint Maarten on a 35-foot vessel and feel the ocean breeze as you admire stunning island views. Your captain will dock alongside a private platform in nearby Little Bay and crew will provide a safety briefing and get you kitted out with all necessary SNUBA equipment. Then jump into the turquoise Caribbean waters, where you can explore the underwater world while breathing through a regulator attached to a raft. You'll have approximately two hours to splash around sunken shipwrecks, admire beautiful corals, and spot colorful sea life. Enjoy light refreshments on the platform or on board during your relaxing return trip back to shore.

St. Martin: Private Speed Boat Day Charter

9. St. Martin: Private Speed Boat Day Charter

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you enjoy the sensations of a speed boat ride and select your own itinerary for the day. This private day charter is fully personalized to any of your needs, from the pick-up and drop off time, to the places that you visit and the activities that you participate in. That could be a family day full of activities such as snorkeling, cliff jumping and watching large planes few feet above you in Maho Bay, or a romantic cruise out from the crowd or even a beach party with your friends on an uninhabited island! No matter what activities you choose, you will enjoy an open bar and snorkeling gear. You can let your guide recommend some great restaurants for lunch time, or you can bring your own picnic lunch.

Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

10. Sint Maarten: Plane Spotting & Beach Day at Maho Beach

Feel the jet blast from aeroplanes just meters above your head with this trip to the iconic Maho Beach. The tour starts at 9:00 AM with pickup from the cruise ship port or your hotel, where you’ll be greeted by your welcoming guide. The first stop will be at Maho Beach, famous for its position right next to the airport runway. This is a rare opportunity to see aircraft flying just a few meters above the sand. Continue to the stunning Harold Jack monument, the perfect spot to take in breathtaking views over Cole Bay. Throughout the tour, you’ll be provided with refreshments of beer, soda, water, or guava berry rum punch (a local favorite) so you can keep hydrated as you take in the unique sights. At approximately 1:00PM you’ll be dropped off back at the port or at your hotel in Philipsburg. 

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What people are saying about Philipsburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 188 reviews

We were the only ones picked up by a minibus. The driver tells us something about St. Martin and the Antilles in English. Once there, a pick-up time was agreed upon and the driver was there on time. We read and then drop off in the city center and he explained the way back to the ship.

The most outstanding guide on the island. You can't go wrong! He is friendly, full of information on the island, and knows all the best places to go no matter what your preferences are. This guide was wonderful!

The sunset tour was beautiful and the vibes were exactly what you’d hope for. The crew was great and made sure our drinks were never empty. We would absolutely recommend this to anyone visiting Sint Maarten!

Sam, our captain, was awesome. He knew the best places to snorkel, swim and eat. We were able to swim with sea turtles! He even took photos for us. He also took us to watch the planes take off. Very cool.

The driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He found us a great little restaurant for lunch, where we dined with several other people on the tour.