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St. Maarten Cruise Port Tours

With more than 2 million annual cruise visitors, St. Maarten has long been one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean. Located in the island capital of Philipsburg, it’s not only the gateway to the Dutch side of St. Maarten but also a popular choice for visitors heading to the French side of St. Martin.
 
The Basics
St. Maarten’s small size makes it easy to explore the island on a half- or full-day shore excursion, either by small boat or minivan. Popular destinations on St. Maarten include Maho Beach, Simpson Bay, and Oyster Bay, where activities include swimming, snorkeling, and boat cruises. Many tours also run to St. Martin, where highlights include the capital of Marigot, a cruise across the Simpson Bay Lagoon, snorkeling at Creole Rock, or the beach resorts of Grand Case Beach and Orient Beach.
 
Alternatively, the town of Philipsburg itself offers plenty of opportunities for duty-free shopping, as well as a large selection of beachfront bars, casinos, and restaurants around Great Bay.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shore excursions usually include port pickup and drop-off.
  • Tours typically last between four and six hours.
  • Bring your passport with you if you plan to cross between the French and Dutch sides of the island.
  • Be sure to pack your swimsuit, towel, and sun protection—most tours offer a chance for swimming or snorkeling.
 
How to Get to Philipsburg from the St. Maarten Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at the AC Wathey Pier & Port Facility around 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Philipsburg center. It’s an easy 20-minute walk into town, but water taxis also make the short trip, leaving from Captain Hodge Pier (signposted at the terminal). Regular taxis are also available outside the cruise terminal.
 
Port Information
In St. Maarten, the local language is Dutch and it's French in St. Martin, but almost everyone speaks English. The official currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder on the Dutch side and the euro on the French side, but American dollars are accepted everywhere. Most shops and restaurants also accept credit cards.

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour, Philipsburg, null
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in St Maarten, spend your time exploring its top snorkel sites. Your 6-hour shore excursion takes you by speedboat on a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg, Philipsburg, Ports of Call ... 
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 267 Reviews

While in port in Philipsburg, discover the enchanting towns, stunning beaches and local cuisine of the island of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.00
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour, Philipsburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

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While in port in St Maarten, enjoy fun in the sun at two of St Maarten’s renowned beaches – Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Your friendly guide will deliver you ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Shore Excursion: St Maarten Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping Tour, Philipsburg, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion: St Maarten Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping Tour

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Get the most adventurous and fascinating look of St Maarten on this sightseeing tour with shopping and beach time. This tour will allow you to explore all ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Lucas Bay Sightseeing, Philipsburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Lucas Bay Sightseeing

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After your ship docks, prepare to be wowed by St Maarten on this 5-hour tour that shows off the best of the best of this Caribbean island. Hop in the ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.19
Eco-Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Lunch, St Maarten, Ports of Call Tours
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Eco-Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Lunch

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Visit Tintamarre Island ,Creole Rock and Pinel Island on the same day. Snorkel with turtles and tropical fish, enjoy a great Lunch on Grand Case in a french ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Soualiga Sky Explorer Flying Dutchman and Schooner Ride with Transfer from Pier, St Maarten, Ports ... 
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Soualiga Sky Explorer Flying Dutchman and Schooner Ride with Transfer from Pier

Three exciting experiences in one excursion. Take in the amazing views as you glide to the top of a mountain on the Soualiga Sky Explorer. Then go flying ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.29
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Beaches and Shopping in Marigot, Philipsburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Beaches and Shopping in Marigot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

On this 5-6 hour tour, visit some of St Maarten's most famous beaches, including Maho Beach, Orient Beach and Oyster Bay. You'll have the chance to explore ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Best of Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour, St Maarten, Ports of Call Tours
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Best of Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour

This is a perfect 3.5 hours getaway from the crowd. Available with  9:00 am morning or 12:45 pm afternoon departure from Philipsburg , next to the Cruise ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.00
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach, Philipsburg, Ports of Call Tours
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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach

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Enjoy a narrated island tour of St Maarten/St Martin that include stops on both sides of the Island both French and Dutch. Stops include the popular Orient ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: Flexible

From USD $57.00

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