The capital of Dutch St. Maarten stretches about a mile (1½ km) along an isthmus between Great Bay and the Salt Pond and has five parallel streets. Most of the village's dozens of shops and restaurants are on Front Street, narrow and cobblestone, closest to Great Bay. It's generally congested when cruise ships are in port, because of its many duty-free shops and several casinos. Little lanes called steegjes connect Front Street with Back Street, which has fewer shops and considerably less congestion. View more
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This St. Maarten shore excursion is a fun and memorable way to spend your day in St. Maarten. You will have a unique opportunity to visit both capital cities of St. Maarten, Marigot (French) and Philipsburg (Dutch), sample Dutch cheese and French Pastries, and enjoy a delicious rum tasting at one of the island's best Rum factories.
Start your tour by meeting your tour guide accessible van at the cruise dock and head out on a beautiful scenic drive, visiting both capital cities of St. Maarten, Marigot (French) and Philipsburg (Dutch). In both cities, you will have a chance to get out of the van and get a firsthand experience of the island. Stroll along the picturesque boardwalk and enjoy charming small souvenir shops in Phillipsburg, and browse the local Island Market in Marigot, peppered with island market stalls manned by locals selling fruit, vegetables, spices, meats and souvenirs. Your tour includes an opportunity to taste your way through the unique Dutch and French heritage of the island as you sample Dutch cheese and taste French pastries.
The final part of your day will be spent enjoying a Rum tasting experience at one of the best Rum factories in St. Maarten.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (900 meters). This tour is designed to be accessible for all guests. It is suitable for guests on a wheelchair who can transfer to a seat. Full time wheelchair users, are kindly requested to contact email@example.com in order to provide further details and determine if the tour is suitable for them. The tour route avoids steps and stairs. Accessible bathrooms with wide doors for wheelchairs are present along the tour route. An accessible vehicle with a wheelchair lift or ramp will be used for transportation. Guides are not allowed to push wheelchairs. The number of accessible vehicles is extremely limited and guests are encouraged to make their accessible shore excursion reservations in advance. A minimum participation of 4 guests is required to operate the excursion at the advertised rate. Cancellation deadline is 7 days prior the date of the excursion.
Embrace your spirit of adventure during this unforgettable regatta aboard an America's Cup yacht.
Meet your representative on the pier for the short walk to the water taxi pier. Upon arrival, receive your safety and racing instructions before tendering to your racing boat.
Dennis Conner's America's Cup-winning Stars & Stripes, and contenders Canada II or True North IV, are yours for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. After boarding the racing yacht, the expert crew shows you exactly what to do in your 'crew-member' position before sailing from the bay to the racecourse. During the regatta you can grind a winch, trim a sail, punch a stopwatch or just sit back and relax with complimentary refreshments. Prior sailing experience is not necessary.
Following the regatta, sail back to the bay. Upon arrival, tender back to shore, receive your inclusive crew shirt and join the complimentary rum punch victory party. Your tour concludes at a Dock Maarten, where, after browsing the boutique, you can take a leisurely walk back to the cruise ship terminal, or downtown, respectively 5 and 10-minute walking distance.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, including grinding a winch, trimming a sail, and maintaining balance in the open ocean and is thus recommended for guests in good physical condition. A companion capable of assisting the guest on/off the boats must accompany guests with limited mobility. If the companion feels at the point of departure that the experience will prove to be too much for the guest, a full refund is provided. This tour is not recommended for guests prone to seasickness or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, soft-soled shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. There are no restrooms on board the boat; guests are advised to use the restroom beforehand. Prior sailing experience is not necessary to participate on this tour. Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the souvenir shop. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Begin your tour by boarding your awaiting catamaran. Your boat will gently sail down the coastline to a stunning white sand beach. Here, you will have 45 minutes snorkel with an additional 45 minutes to swim and enjoy your pristine surroundings. After re-boarding the catamaran begin your leisurely return trip. Sail past the world famous St Maarten Airport, where planes glide in just feet above beach-goer's heads.
Please note: Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Swimsuits should be worn under beach-type clothing. Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.
Board comfortable transportation for a short scenic drive along the coast to meet the "Explorer" your custom boat. This double-decker vessel features both open-air and protected decks, a live calypso singer and amenities, including free rum punch and ice cold beers or soft drinks. Enjoy first-class views of the waterway and coastline along Simpson Bay, passing luxury villas, multi-million dollar yachts and breathtaking views. Your captain will offer commentary on all that you see as you cruise through the lagoon.
Following the lagoon cruise you will then take a short ride on your coach bus to the capital city of Marigot, which has a French "joie de vivre" all its own. Colonial houses, sidewalk cafés, bistros, pastry shops and quaint stores are reminiscent of a French market town. There is an upscale shopping area with luxury boutiques at the foot of Fort St. Louis, and near the harbor you will find the Marina Port la Royale, which has clothing from the latest European designers, as well as fine jewelry. You will have about 45 minutes of free time to explore independently. Because the city is only four streets wide, it is easy to get around and to experience all it has to offer. Remember, all items are tax and duty-free and you will most likely be quoted prices in American dollars, which makes shopping a pleasure.
With shopping bags in hand, board your comfortable transportation for a narrated drive through the island. Along the way you will pass the quaint fishing village of Grand Case, known as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, the sweeping vistas of Orient Bay, and the authentic atmosphere of the French Quarter before arriving back at the ship.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for about 300 meters. Walking in Marigot is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, however it is not suitable for confined guests. Guests must be able to negotiate few steps to get on and off the bus and to board the boat. Sequence of the activities may vary.
Explore the underwater wonders of this treasured isle on an exhilarating snorkelling and swimming expedition onboard an inflatable power raft.
Your excursion begins at the pier where you will board the canopy topped power raft. Your on-board guide will share his knowledge of the island and its history as you zoom down the scenic coast and into beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon.
As you pass under the Dutch-side drawbridge, you will marvel at the mega-yachts and eye-popping homes of the rich and famous.
En route to your snorkelling spot, you will travel from one side of the island to the other, and pass the French capital of Marigot before crossing under the French-side drawbridge and finally venturing out to sea. When you reach your snorkelling destination, members of the crew will conduct a safety briefing and equipment demonstration. After putting on the provided snorkel gear you will climb down the easy access ladder and dip into the Caribbean's clean, calm waters for 45 minutes of fun and relaxation. The visibility off St. Maarten ranges between 75-125 feet, all the better to observe the fringing coral reefs, submerged rocks, sea turtles, and schools of small colourful fish.
After your snorkel cruise around the north coast of the island where your captain will come about in the shallow water in one of the St. Maarten's world famous white sand beaches, often called the "French Riviera of the Caribbean." Then you will disembark for 45 minutes of swimming, beachcombing and unwinding. Once on the soft white sand, you will be served refreshments as you soak up the stunning environment of coconut palms, seagrape trees and endless blue sky.
At the end of your adventure your power raft will return you port.
Please note: although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Snorkel equipment is provided; swimsuits should be worn under beach-type clothing, bring a towel from the ship and sun protection. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.
Enjoy riding your own electric bicycle while discovering the most beautiful treasures of Saint Martin island. SXM eBikes are electric Fat Bikes, allowing you to cycle around the island with minimal effort. The guide will lead you through the winding coastal roads and green hills of the French wild north coast.
Start with an approximately 20-minute transfer by van to the start of the course close to Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of the island. After a briefing and orientation, board your bike and make your way up to stunning lookout points, traverse off road trails, and cruise through beaches and tiny villages, using as much or as little electric assistance as you choose. Enjoy a complimentary beverage at a local restaurant to refresh yourself and take in the views before hopping back onto your ride. This is the eco-friendly and fun way to explore this angle of paradise.
At the end of your e-bike tour, your transfer awaits to take you back to pier.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. All riders are required to wear a provided helmet and wear closed-toe shoes. It is recommended to bring a bottle of water from the ship (available at the gangway). Guests must sign a waiver and be below 300lb (136Kg) of weight. The minimum participation age is 16 years.
Experience the island of St. Maarten in an exciting new way during this panoramic, half-day excursion to the Rockland Estate, and a ride on the new Soualiga Sky Explorer.
Rockland Estate, Plantation House and Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Rockland Estate. Upon arrival, take tour of the 17th-century Plantation House. Now a museum, the Plantation House offers a unique insight into the powerful story of Trace Wilson, born into slavery on the estate in 1818, and her descendant, Emilio Wilson. Emilio Wilson purchased the property to educate current and future generations about plantation life, as well as the customs, traditions and history of St. Maarten. Following your visit, proceed to the Soualiga Sky Explorer.
Soualiga Sky Explorer, Sentry Hill, and 360-Degree Island and Offshore Views
After a brief orientation, board the chairlift and take the approximately 25-minute ride along a 2,997-foot (about 913-metre) span to the top of Sentry Hill. At 1,115 feet (about 340 metres), Sentry Hill is one of St. Maarten's highest elevations. Enjoy breath-taking 360-degree views over St. Maarten, and out to neighbouring islands such as Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barth's and Anguilla. When you are ready to descend Sentry Hill, simply board the Soualiga Sky Explorer for the voyage back down the mountain.
At the conclusion of your visit, enjoy a complimentary soft drink and some free time before re-boarding your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (about 91 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 20 steps at the sites visited (bus with ramp can be arranged with prior notice and is subject to availability, lifts are available at the sites visited). Walking at the Rockland Estate is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, it is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Photos are available for purchase at the gift shop for 15.00USD.