French and Dutch have lived side by side on St. Maarten/St. Martin for hundreds of years—with no border patrols or customs between them. The French side has a more genteel ambience, more fashionable shopping, and a Continental flair. The Dutch tends to be less expensive, has casino hotels, and more nightlife. Water sports abound all over—diving, snorkeling, sailing, and windsurfing are all top draws. View more
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Discover the tropical beauty of St. Martin and its French and Dutch influences during this picturesque sightseeing excursion.
Grand Case and Mount William Hill
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive from the French capital of Marigot to the Dutch capital of Philipsburg. En route, take in wonderful views of breathtaking hills and valleys, then drive through Grand Case, a seaside fishing village known for its French cuisine. Next, drive up Mount William Hill for spectacular views overlooking Philipsburg and the majestic Dutch Harbour.
Philipsburg and Cole Bay
Upon arrival in Philipsburg, approximately one hour is made available to browse the excellent duty-free shops and boutiques, or stop by the casino. After re-boarding the coach, your drive continues through the old village of Orleans and up Hope Hill for splendid vistas of the coast, Orient Beach and nearby Pinel Island. From here, your return drive to Marigot proceeds through the scenic village of Cole Bay. A photo stop is made at the International Look Out Point for stunning views of the Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighbouring islands.
Your tour concludes back in Marigot. You can browse the charming shops, duty-free stores and open-air markets of the French Quarter, relax at an inviting sidewalk café, or photograph the yachts and local boats in the picturesque harbour before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with three steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility travelling with a companion, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection is recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the splendid natural beauty and landmarks of St. Martin during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to the Butterfly Farm, an enclosed tropical garden with hundreds of rare, exotic and freely-fluttering butterflies. Your guide identifies different species, explains courtship and mating displays, and recounts amazing butterfly facts and stories. Witness the various stages of the butterfly's life cycle, and handle a fragile caterpillar. Afterward, relax with a complimentary drink in the garden, and browse the gift shop for butterfly gifts and souvenirs.
Cole Bay and Philipsburg
Next, re-board your bus and journey back to the Dutch side of St. Martin through Cole Bay. A photo stop is made at the International Look Out Point, which offers wonderful views of Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighbouring islands on a clear day. Another stop is made in the Dutch capital of Philipsburg for shopping and browsing.
Hope Hill and Marigot
Leaving Philipsburg, your drive continues up Hope Hill for breathtaking views overlooking Orient Bay, Pinel Island and the French colony of St. Barts. From here, your drive passes through the seaside village of Grand Case en route to Marigot. Upon arrival, you may opt to return directly to the pier, or remain in Marigot to explore the French capital and return to the ship at your leisure.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with three steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wheelchairs will be stowed in the luggage compartment of the bus. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection is recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the unique art and artists of St. Martin during this memorable, half-day art tour around the island.
French Oyster Pond
Depart the pier for the brief drive to picturesque French Oyster Pond. Upon arrival, visit the quaint home and gallery of Dona Bryhiel, a renowned artist of the modern figurative style and mixed media. Her beautiful watercolours of France and St. Martin are a pleasure to behold. Your drive continues on to the Oyster Pond home and studio of Marie Moine, who continues the French tradition of big fire earthenware. Here, see her Creole paintings; unique freehand creations that abound with colour.
O'Reilly Hill and Concordia
Next, a visit is made to O'Reilly Hill, which overlooks Grand Case, to visit the home and studio of Minguet. The artist's lithographs, oils and watercolours feature an explosion of incredible colour. From here, drive to French Cul-de-Sac where you will meet the painter Antoine Chapon in his picturesque home/gallery. Famous for the luminosity and transparency of his watercolors and oils, the painter welcomes you to his breezy veranda, with breathtaking views of the bay. In 2006, he received an award of excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Afterward, proceed to Concordia, a suburb of Marigot, where you enter Monika's Art Studio - PARADOXE - where her Creole house is nestled in a delightful tropical garden. Living in this charming place since 1992, Monika invites you to a journey through time and space to discover her original and unique paintings. Jazz rhythms, vibrations, and colors are connected in abstract line and space, punctuated by pallet knife and brushes in oil paintings and mixed media. Forever, painting and music are to, Monika, the universal language of man to spiritual rise.
Your tour concludes with a visit to Maximilian's Art in the Garden Gallery, located in midtown Philipsburg. Nestled in a garden setting, this unique gallery displays Maximilian's original paintings and prints amongst plants and flowers. From realism to abstract, view original works in oil, pastel and acrylic. Considered one of the most successful artists on Dutch St. Maarten, Maximilian has had numerous exhibitions locally, and in the United States and Cuba. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection is recommended. Artists will permit photographs and videos to be taken of their homes and works in general, but not individual paintings. Artwork is available for purchase, and prices vary from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. The artists accept most major credit cards. Refreshments and snacks are available at all locations. Artists may vary, with a maximum of five artists visited during this tour.
Relax and unwind on one of St. Martin's idyllic beaches during this scenic, round-trip beach transfer to the French side of the island.
Depart the pier for the narrated, approximate 30-minute drive to the French side of the island, then proceed to Orient Beach, also known as the 'French Riviera of the Caribbean'. One of St. Martin's most famous beaches, Orient Beach is home to 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palm and sea grape trees.
Upon arrival at Orient Beach, you are greeted and served a complimentary drink. Your two-hour visit includes a reserved beach chair and umbrella; freshwater showers are available at the beach. A wide array of fun-filled and exciting water sports, from parasailing to windsurfing, is also available at your own expense. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over sandy, uneven surfaces, with three steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility travelling with a companion, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Beaches located on the French side of the island allow topless sunbathing and in some areas, they are clothing optional. Partial or full nudity may be encountered.
Enjoy a taste of Italy in the Caribbean during this tour to 'Carousel'.
Relax and enjoy a short scenic narrated tour as you board your air conditioned and radio equipped coach, departing Marigot for a 30-minute drive to Cole Bay International Look Out Point, then proceed to 'Carousel' in Simpson Bay.
Here, discover one of St. Martin's newest treasures on the water in Simpson Bay. On arrival at Carousel you are greeted by a charming and knowledgeable tour guide, as you enter this extraordinary environment, a living art form, whose sixteen sided architecture and cerulean tiles grace the water's edge, like a dazzling oasis. Here your guide will share the delicate art of making authentic Italian gelato and you have a chance to sample creamy gelato made daily with only the finest natural ingredients.
Gardens and Gallery
Outside, gardens of blooming hibiscus and gentle palms set the stage to stroll and view rear and intriguing photo gallery of 120 images. Adjoining the path, a beautiful circular room built out on the water holds the heart of Carousel's fancy, where a magical Venetian carousel with finely painted ponies and polished brass ornaments, shimmer the prance of the music of the moving merry-go-round for all to ride and dream on.
For memories to travel with, a colourful boutique is creatively adorned with fine ceramics all custom-made for carousel in Italy, with sea life motifs….and a vast assortment of miniature merry-go-rounds spinning to their music, and delicate- snow globe treasures, all exquisite gifts for friends and loved ones.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair; as long as they can negotiate the steps to embark and disembark the coach. We suggest guests wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, walking shoes and sun protection.