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Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre Island

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2,800 Reviews
St Maarten

The Basics

To reach the 246-acre (100-hectare) island of Tintamarre, you need to take a boat tour. Some tours emphasize eco-adventure, with a boat tour to Tintamarre and other islets such as Pinel Island and Creole Rock for a day of relaxing, snorkeling, and swimming with sea turtles. Other typical St. Martin tours might include sightseeing and shopping in Marigot or a gourmet lunch in the French side’s culinary capital, Grand Case.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Case

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Relaxing
Roseann_P, Jun 2021
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
We had a wonderful crew, captain Dean, entertaining Charlie, and always ready Gloria. Loved snorkeling at the rocks best. Food was also good with plenty for all
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chill vibes and great staff
Marina_G, Jun 2021
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
gloria and Charlie were awesome. I dropped my snorkel I brought with me in the first stop and charlie dove down to get it for me. I had a great time with the beautiful sites...creole rock was especially beautiful.
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Beautiful Day
jenna, Apr 2021
3 Island Adventure with stop at Tintamarre to swim with Turtles
The whole day was beautiful from start to finish. We were able to stop at 4 different stops and the staff were so kind and knowledgeable. They knew where all the titles and stingrays were. It was a great experience! I will definitely be bringing my whole family back for another trip.
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Wonderful experience. Must do!
anilk675, Sep 2019
Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
It was a fantastic experience . Boat was new and very clean. Experienced, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Covered all the places they mentioned well in time. Can do a little better in lunch menu selection but overall a great experience m
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The Best
BobE, Mar 2020
Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
Best day on SXM. Daniel and his gorgeous assistant did a wonderful job keeping us all entertained. Would highly recommend the day trip to anyone seeking great fun, and snorkeling as well. Thank you so much.
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Great experience!
Don_P, May 2021
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
Quality Time withCaptain D and crew, Charlie and Gloria, were the highlights. We saw rays and turtles at Tintamare and lots of fish at Creole Rock. Lunch and open bar on board was spectacular! All in all, one of the best tours we have ever take! Five stars plus!
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Great day on the water!
Codysmith92190, Jan 2020
Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
Boi and Diana were incredible guides and really provided an unforgettable experience. The snorkeling was great and they were very knowledgeable and fun people to be around. I highly recommend this excursion!! 6 hours of pure fun and enjoyment.
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Friendly & Fun Crew
razucena95, Oct 2019
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
I HIGHLY recommend this trip. The crew was super friendly and a lot of fun, the views were incredible, and there was plenty to eat and drink! I usually avoid day trips/tours because I get bored and tired easily, but that definitely wasn't the case on this tour. I had a great time and would go again! TIP: Please don't bring children on this tour, as it's definitely more of a "booze cruise."
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Cruise ship excursion
pgh55mom2, Oct 2019
Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
This was possibly one of the best tours we have ever taken. We have been to most islands in the Caribbean and this was the last one we had not visited. Our captains Anthony and Gregory were amazing and very informative. Snorkeling at three different stops, lunch and Maho Beach were just some of the highlights. I strongly recommend this tour !!!
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Great time, good tour!
Oksana19, Oct 2019
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
Very nice and relaxing trip around St.Maarten with good snorkeling stops. Captan Lee and Milan with Nikita made this trip enjoyable, informative and happy.
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Lanie and Reddick were amazing!!
Shannon G, Jun 2019
Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands
Such a great cruise excursion. 4-5 stops. Lunch. Refreshments. Snorkeling gear. Real world island stories. Exceeded expectations. Family of 6 had a great time.
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Amazing!!
ruthhurtadoday, Aug 2019
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
Did the Eco Tour with my 10 year old daughter and had a wonderful experience. The staff aboard the ship were so great, replenishing our drinks the entire time, had a great lunch and 2 great snorkles. This is a must do activity while in .St. Maarten!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Travelers looking to experience unspoiled nature appreciate deserted Tintamarre.

  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.

  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, and a towel.

  • There are no food concessions on the island, so come prepared.

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How to Get There

Tintamarre Island is within the boundaries of the St. Martin Nature Reserve, off the northeast coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin and is accessible by boat.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Tintamarre Island aligns with the most favorable time to visit St. Martin/St. Maarten: the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when cheaper rates are offered and rain is less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round, with temperatures peaking in summer. For humpback whale sightings, travel between February and June.

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See-Saw History

Tintamarre has a history that mirrors that of the mainland. In the 18th century, French settlers captured it from the English who had held the low-lying island for 40 years. Not long after, the Dutch arrived, and the island become the personal playground of the van Romondt family, as overseen by the dashing Diederik Christian who earned the reputation of being “King of Tintamarre.” In the 1940s, the French snatched it back again.

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