To enjoy incredible views and take panoramic photos of St. Maarten’s capital and coastline, head to Cole Bay Hill. You can drive up the hill to Harold Jack lookout point, a scenic overlook where you can gaze down upon Simpson Bay, Philipsburg and Great Bay, and even catch a glimpse of nearby islands Saba, St. Eustatious (Statia) and Anguilla. Cole Bay Hill is the ideal spot to capture morning photos of the sun glinting off Simpson Bay Lagoon, the largest inland body of water in the Caribbean, and it’s also a great place to enjoy the Caribbean sunsets.
Harold Jack lookout point on Cole Bay Hill is free to visit any time. It sits west of Philipsburg, about a 10-minute drive from the cruise ship terminal, and 12 minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport.