Philipsburg, St Maarten

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Overview

Experience the highlights of St Maarten on this 5-hour shore excursion leaving from the cruise port. Ride in an air-conditioned van to Maho Beach on the Dutch side of this Caribbean island and Lucas Bay on the French side. Learn about the culture and history of the island from your guide while enjoying complimentary beer, water and soda. Visit the villages of Grand Case and Marigot before being returned on-time for your cruise ship's departure.
  • A 5-hour guided tour through the Dutch and French parts of St Maarten
  • Cross over to the French side of the island and explore Lucas Bay
  • Watch jumbo jets land from Maho Beach
  • Receive free beer, water and soda during the entire tour
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at the cruise terminal
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Meet your local guide at the cruise port in Philipsburg and climb aboard your comfortable van for a half-day exploration of St Maarten. Along the way, enjoy complimentary beer, soda and water, and listen to your guide detail the rich culture and history of this divided Caribbean Island.

Visit Grand Case, an adorable village containing streets lined with colonial-style houses and shops. Stop at any of the fantastic restaurants in this food-centric town for lunch, or sidle up to a street vendor and purchase a Caribbean snack. Walk down to stunning Grand Case Beach to check out the sand and surf.
Visit Lucas Bay, a less-visited beach on the Atlantic side of the ocean. This beach, the last French beach on the East side of the island, is a popular site for amateur divers.
Continue to Marigot on the French side of this Caribbean island. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to walk the charming streets of the city, grabbing a drink or a croissant at one of the cafes. Visit the outdoor market to experience the abundance of produce and spices the island offers.

Stop at Maho Beach, famous for its location close to the flight path of aircraft taking off and landing at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. Hang out on the beach while jumbo jets roar directly overhead. 

When your 5-hour shore excursion is over, the tour guide will drop you off back at the cruise terminal in Philipsburg. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the cruise port. In the unlikely event that your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to your next port. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See Viator's terms and conditions for full details.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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j
, Mar 2018

Our driver was very friendly and knowledgeable.

B
, Jul 2017

Being the only ones on this tour, we were catered to. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed this tour even after a late start.

S
, Mar 2017

This tour was amazing!

W
, Feb 2017

This was our first time to St Maarten and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour provided by Rick. He was very entertaining while giving the group a great overview of the island. We would have liked a bit more time to walk around Marigot 30 mins flies by quickly and perhaps included a short stop at Philipsburg as well. Nonetheless the price is very reasonable when looking for an alternative to Cruise Ship excursion prices.

J
, Jan 2017

Comprehensive tour of St. Maarten! Our guide was Deuce, and everyone seemed to know and love him. We enjoyed holding a variety of sea creatures and feeding and petting iguanas. We had about an hour to swim and relax at Orient Beach. Standing under the approaching planes at Maho Beach was amazing!

W
, Dec 2016

We enjoyed the tour but the stop at Lucas Bay was quite short. Watching the planes land at the airport was an interesting experience.

s
, Dec 2016

GREAT tour and we saw a lot, but the lack of urgency in getting us back to our ship on time was criminal...The tour FAILED to meet its responsibility to get us back to the ship on time. We were so late that the ship had removed us from the manifest and was in the process of pulling in the gangplank. This was after we specifically told Viator on booking, the Twin Island Excursion TIE representative at the port and our guide Lucas that it was IMPERATIVE that we be back by 1400, for a 1430 boarding. Lucas was incapable of getting to the port parking lot 1/3 mi from the ship before 1432 showing his total disregard of the gravity of the situation--even though we pointed it to out to him THROUGHOUT the tour. Had we not been able to talk our way back onto the ship and missed the ship, it would have cost Viator and TIE thousands of dollars to accomodate the four of us and fly us back to FLL--and we would have missed two full days of our cruise. Needless to say: I AM VERY UNHAPPY!!

M
, Sep 2016

Our guide was Nell. Nell was awesome!! Very nice and welcoming. Did a great job of explaining the entire island and gave us flexibility as far as where and how long we stopped at places since there were only 4 of us on the tour. Highly recommend Twin Island Excursions through Viator and ask for Nell!

V
, Mar 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our day on this sightseeing excursion! Our guide, Rick, was personable and entertaining! He took us to several beaches, stopped so we could see iguanas, stopped at a couple of historical sights and amazing photo views and also in a couple shopping areas. We never would have seen as much of the island in such a short time otherwise. Maho Beach was fantastic!!

D
, Oct 2015

This was a very good learning experience with the history of the island. We also enjoyed the
beach. It was relaxing and our driver was great and very informative.


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