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Welcome to St Maarten

St. Maarten—the half-Dutch, half-French Caribbean island—is the smallest landmass in the world shared between two nations. The mix creates an exotic and unique union of three distinct cultures: Dutch straightforwardness, French savoir-faire, and a laid-back Caribbean vibe combine to create this small slice of paradise.

On the French side, Saint Martin, visitors to the capital Marigot can travel to the Grand Case Beach or enjoy a snorkeling experience in the underwater world at Oyster Pond. The largest town on the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, is the town of Philipsburg. Full-island tours are the perfect way to discover the best beaches, do some tax-free shopping, and learn about the island's history.

Top 10 attractions in St Maarten

Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre Island

Known for its rugged beauty, the uninhabited island of Tintamarre—part of the St. Martin Nature Reserve—is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) off the northeast coast of St. Martin. A popular day trip, the island boasts historic ruins, large grassy fields of a former plantation, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife.More
St. Maarten Cruise Port

St. Maarten Cruise Port

With more than 2 million annual cruise visitors, St. Maarten Cruise Port has long been one of the busiest 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.More
Maho Beach

Maho Beach

Maho Beach is close to Saint Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport—so close that planes coming in for a landing fly very low over the sand on the way to the runway. In fact, the planes cruise so low that it sometimes feels like they’ll take out the umbrellas.More
Pinel Island

Pinel Island

Located just off of the west coast of St. Martin, Pinel Island is a haven of white sand and clear water perfect for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, snorkelers, and those who want a tranquil escape from the modern world.More
Maho & Mullet Bay

Maho & Mullet Bay

Allow an easy, perfect day on the east coast of Sint Maarten to unfold at Maho Beach and Mullet Bay, two very different beach experiences within walking distance of each other. First, go to Maho to feel the thrill of swimming in the sea as incoming airplanes fly extremely low overhead, then walk to quiet Mullet Bay to sunbathe, snorkel, and play golf.More
Marigot Market

Marigot Market

St. Maarten has plenty of upscale shops, but travelers itching for a more authentic experience head to this weekend market in the French capital of Marigot. Anguilla fishermen arrive early with their hauls in colorful boats, joined later by fruit and vegetable sellers as well as spice vendors, filling the air with tropical aromas.More
Loterie Farm

Loterie Farm

The former 18th-century sugar plantation turned eco-park sits at the foot of Pic Paradise—the tallest mountain on St. Martin. The 150-acre (60-hectare) Loterie Farm offers visitors a chance to wine, dine, and zipline over the lush canopy and to spot monkeys along the gum tree hiking trails.More
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Divi Little Bay BeachResort is a secluded beach just outside Philipsburg on the western peninsula of St. Martin’s Great Bay. Postcard-pretty with soft, white sand and tranquil, turquoise water, the beach is popular spot for snorkeling and other watersports such as jet skiing, paddle boats, and parasailing.More
Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach is a beautiful, small, and secluded stretch of sand on St. Martin’s northwest coast. Since it requires a short hike to reach the beach, crowds tend to go elsewhere. The secluded nature of the beach makes it popular with clothing-optional sunbathers.More
Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach

Straddling the entire length of Philipsburg, Great Bay Beach is one of St. Maarten’s longest and widest beaches. Along its 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch are lively beach bars, rum shacks, and street carts serving ice-cold beers and some of the capital’s best spots for dining and duty-free shopping.More

Top activities in St Maarten

Recent reviews from experiences in St Maarten

A day on the sea
Sullie, Nov 2021
Best of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Tour for Cruise Ship Guests
What a great day with a small tour and a great captain to see both sides of St Maarten.
A fantastic day spent with an incredible crew!
ANNA_B, Nov 2021
St Maarten Luxury Catamaran Full-Day Group Charter SXM Tour
He chose beautiful places for us to anchor and explore, and he directed us to the perfect spots for snorkeling to see the wildlife!
A private tour is the way to go !!
Harold_L, Sep 2021
Private Customizable Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten
Maarten, I was in charge of the activities.
Richard_M, Aug 2021
St Maarten Nude Naturist Catamaran Boat Luxury Charter SXM Tour
Captain Alouis literally sailed around the entire island at the perfect pace to see and enjoy the entire island and all surrounding islands.
Great trip
Margot_D, Jul 2021
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling + Beach Tour w/ Lunch, St. Maarten
A can advice it to everyone who comes to visit Saint Martin.
Great experience and fun ride!
Jessica_N, Jul 2021
Airport Transfers
Comfortable ride, reliable pick-up and drop-off and great recommendations for local activities and restaurants and bars.
The best way to see the island
Angela_J, Feb 2021
3-Hour Guided ATV Tour Island Highlights Plus 1-Hour Relax by the Beach
Definitely the best way to see Sint Maarten!
Make sure to brig along a water...
Ken R, Aug 2017
Self-Drive Boat Tour & Snorkel from Simpson Bay
a great way to see the coast line of Sint Maarten.
Orient beach was beautiful and...
Erin B, Jun 2017
See the Planes Adventure to Orient Beach
Anthony our driver was very knowledgeable about the island and gave us an insider's perspective of where to go and what to see when we return to St Maarten
Very good opportunity to see both...
Brooke M, Aug 2015
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Very good opportunity to see both sides of St Maarten/St Martin!!
Ferry ride good, crew staff very...
Lorne S, Feb 2014
St Barts Ferry Transfer from St Maarten
Ferry ride good, crew staff very good very nice place to visit we really enjoyed our vacation to St Maarten
This is a great tour for anyone who...
Tammy B, Feb 2014
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
It is a great opportunity to visit to of the most popular beaches on the island.
Great attitude, friendly, fair price and on time service.
Brian_K, May 2021
Airport Transfers
Thanks Andre, it was a pleasure doing business with you and your team and we will be in touch in 2022 for our next summer adventure.
Harmony of the Seas Day 4 Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin?
djholloway50, Feb 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing
We were happy to see others waiting.
Girl's Trip
Ashley_T, May 2019
3 Islands Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour
We had a girl's trip to Sint Maarten and wanted to see and experience as much as possible!
Great All Inclusive Island Tour Your Way
Adam_P, Jan 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour
There was no set schedule to stick to or rules to follow, it really provided the ability to see the island and all it has to offer in the best way possible.
St Maarten was our final stop on our...
Janice T, Oct 2015
Shore Excursion: St Maarten Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping Tour
I cannot wait to visit St Maarten again in the near future!!
Really enjoyable tour that covered...
Niamh F, Jan 2016
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Really enjoyable tour that covered all the places to see on both the French and Dutch sides of the islands.
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