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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

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Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Explore the quaint towns, sunny beaches and local food of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion from Philipsburg. Get to know the French side (St-Martin) and the Dutch side (St Maarten) of the island with your local guide. Learn about the European cultural flavor and the divided colonial past of this small tropical island. This outing is covered by the Viator worry-free shore excursion policy.

Additional Details

Pickup included
  • 4.5-hour St Maarten shore excursion exploring both Dutch and French sides
  • Sunbathe or swim in the gorgeous sea at Grand Case Beach and enjoy a visit to Maho Beach
  • Try a local guavaberry rum punch drink in the island's gourmet capital, Grand Case
  • Explore the open-air craft and clothing market in Marigot, a quaint French village
  • 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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Beverages (water, soda, beer, guavaberry rum punch)
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Food and drinks at the beach

Departure Point

79 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Sint Maarten

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your local guide after your cruise ship docks at Philipsburg's port for this St Maarten shore excursion. This divided tropical island, only 37 square miles (60 square km) is shared by the French and the Dutch and has a fascinating colonial history.

Head for the island's north end, to Grand Case Beach. Take a walk down the sugar-white sand shore and wade into the calm, warm water. After some time relaxing on one of the French side's most famous beaches, walk into the town of Grand Case, known as the Caribbean's gastronomic capital. Sample a Johnny Cake, a fried cornmeal pancake that's a local specialty (own expense,) or sip some guavaberry punch made from the island's berries (one drink is included in the tour.)

Travel to the capital of St-Martin, Marigot, and stroll the colonial streets to the bazaar. Fevel in the Gallic atmosphere before heading for the Maho Beach on the Dutch side of the island. This beach is famous for its proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport. Hit the beach to watch as jumbo jets go roaring over your head.

Drive past the white sand, blue water and bustling marina of Simpson Bay on your return trip to the cruise port. Request to be dropped off in Philipsburg town if you'd like to spend some more time shopping and exploring. If so, please note that Viator's worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies. Please see Additional Information for details.
Stop At:  
Coralita Beach
A natural reserve overlooking Tintamarre and the French island of St. Barths. At this stop you can take in the natural beauty of this North-East coastal point for photos or climb the information tower for lovely panoramic views.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Orient Bay
One of the most popular beaches on the island located on the French Side. Guest can take part in water sports activities or lounge on the beach chairs. Or hang out at the local beach bars and try the island's local mixed rums.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Grand Case
Grand Case is a small town on the French side of the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean. It lies on the Anguilla Channel, on the west coast of the island. Grand Case has a long sandy beach. It is well known for its many restaurants and beach bars. It is the most populous place of the French Saint Martin.
Stop At:  
Marigot Market
The cosmopolitan capital of the French side, Here, boutiques and trendy restaurants sit side-by-side with traditional stalls. Don’t miss the colors, smells and buzz of the local market. Fort Louis is just a hike away where you will enjoy a panoramic view of Marigot Bay and neighboring Anguilla.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Maho Beach
Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. It is famous for being adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport making it at attraction to visitors and locals alike and for plane-watchers enthusiast.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
On the way back to the port guest can opt to stop and end their tour in Philipsburg, the shopping mecca or the Caribbean...this duty free town is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten and consist of the Front Street and Back street for shopper. To the south of these street is the Great Bay beach and the Boardwalk that is lined with restaurants with local cuisines and fun bars. Philipsburg is just 1 mile away from the cruise port and guest can walk or take a water taxi back.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This shore excursion is for cruise ship passengers only
  • Please note: If you opt to leave the tour in Philipsburg and make your own way back to the port, you are giving up your right to the Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee.
  • Note: departure time is based on local island time, not cruise ship time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Two interesting beach/market stops and then the crazy beach right by the airport runway, maybe not such a fun thing to do!" See review
  • "I'd strongly recommend this tour to anyone that has only one day to visit as it covers pretty much everything you'd like to see." See review
  • "This tour is well worth the money we paid, in fact it is a bargain for all you see and do." See review


310 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Wonderful tour of the Island's Highlights
, Mar 2020
The Viator St Maarten/St. Martin shore excursion was enjoyable and informative. When we docked and looked for our tour bus all the other tour operators intentionally gave us the wrong directions Ignore them. Walk through the plaza and walk to your left behind the stores. Since cruise ships dock on the Dutch side, I had never seen the French side even though I had been to St Maarten twice before. Seeing the French side was a real treat. We stopped at a gorgeous beach resort and walked on the sugar white sand and dipped our toes into the crystal clear water. The devastation from the last hurricane was visible with gorgeous power boats ripped apart and beached on the sand along the road. The yachts sank and were unable to be restored. After a lunch/rest stop where we ate with the locals, we watched the jet airplanes take off at Princess Juliana International Airport. This is a great tour and a wonderful way to see many island highlights in just one day.
poor choice
, Mar 2020
The guide attempted to make it OK but the driver was a maniac on the road and we all just held on and got blown around. And we were charged twice. It was obvious that our name was on the list 2 times but were charged for both, even after that was pointed out.
St Martin fun
, Mar 2020
Fun tour guide with interesting information. We visited both the Dutch and French side of island. Great beach visits too. Van seating was tight, not much leg room - knees were tight against chair back.
, Mar 2020
Left a review yesterday. Tour was great! Wellington, tour guide was fantastic!!! Please see yesterday’s review that was submitted.
Planes over the beach.
, Mar 2020
Tour was wonderful. Beautiful Island, so much to see. Highlight of course was the planes landing over the beach🤗. Tour guide with Amigo Tours- Wellington was phenomenal!!!! A lot of info was given, great personality & sense of humor. He kept us laughing the whole tour. KUDO’s to him, give that man a raise 🤣🤣🤣
An Enjoyable Toure
, Mar 2020
King David was an extraordinary tour guide, well-versed in both island lore and its colorful history. A very enjoyable tour, would highly recommend.
A good overview.
, Feb 2020
We wanted an introduction to the island, and this tour gave a good overview. Two interesting beach/market stops and then the crazy beach right by the airport runway...maybe not such a fun thing to do! All in all a good first look at the island.
st. maartren dual beach
, Feb 2020
wellington was great. deffinetly makes a good rum punch! had a lot of info along the way too. wish we had more time at each beach; but we stopped a few other places along the way...get off in phillisburg for the shops and more bars, then took the water taxi back to the ship
Experience both sides of the island
, Feb 2020
Very good trip and gave excellent insight to the whole island. Wellington our tour guide and driver gave a full commentary of the islands history background education politics and events. Couldn’t have been more knowledgable and done in a fun way which made the trip very enjoyable. Wouldn’t have been the same without him. Well done man!
Great Trip Around the Island
, Feb 2020
Nice Trip very professionally organised with a friendly and knowledgeable driver and guide. The beach stops were perhaps a little too short not helped by fellow passengers not helping the driver by not returning on time but not the drivers fault. Included refreshments which was a bonus and they took the cruise passengers back early to make sure they were in time for boarding which was really appreciated.

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