Sand, Shopping & Plane Spotting, Oh My!
Hit all the great spots on this tour, on both sides of the Island
Orient Beach, Marigot, and Maho Beach.
Our tour will begin in an air conditioned vehicle departing from the cruise terminal. Start with a 20 minute drive passing through the heart of local living on Dutch St Maarten, the neighbourhoods of Sucker Garden, Oyster Bay and Coralita! Catch a glimpse of the everyday life of a local as you head toward Orient Beach. After crossing the border into French St Martin, it's time to hit the beach. Spend some free time on Orient Beach, swimming, or sipping cocktails. Now get your bargaining skills ready because you are headed to the Marigot Marketplace. Vendors selling everything you can imagine from all over the island, spices, clothing, fresh fruits, jewelry, something for everyone. Then it’s time to hit the road again and visit the most famous beach on the island, Maho Beach! This is where the planes come in for a landing right over your head, like you can reach up and touch them. Feel the jet blast as the massive jets depart only feet away from the beach. And it’s finally time to head back to the Cruise terminal but not without a stop at the ColeBay Hilltop Photo Spot, marvel at the panoramic views of Simpson Bay, Cole Bay and Indigo Bay. Take a photo with Mr Bell… ask your drivers for his story. Then it’s time to go back to the port so you can continue on your cruise, you have come full circle around the island and visited 2 countries in 1 day.
Beer, Soda Water
Visit Maho Beach
Tour time: 09:15 AM
Duration: 5 Hours
Visit Orient Bay
Visit Grand Case
The tour continues north for approx 10 minutes before arriving to the quaint former fishing village of Grand Case, not only renowned as The Culinary Capital Of the Caribbean” but also for its distinctive style of architecture. Elaborate carvings and fretwork also called gingerbread style decorate the front of the small wooden homes painted in pastel colors. The effect is charming. Grand Case beach is great for families with children.
The tour will head northwest through La Savanne & Rambaud before arriving to Marigot (French side capital) for forty-five minutes of free time. Here guests can visit the many shops, French pastry shops, fleamarket, spice, fruit and vegetable market or even visit the Fort Louis if able to maneuver the 90 steps up to the fort.
Driving through hotel & condominium area of Cupecoy, Mullet Bay Golf Course, & Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, our Next stop will be the famous Sunset Beach Bar & Grill at Maho Beach. Famous because here plane spotting enthusiast as well as sun bathers can see Boeing planes, Air Bus 380’s on their final approach to Princess Juliana Intl Airport. Free time 1 hour.
Our next photo stop will be Cole Bay Hill, this stop permits guest a panoramic view of Simpson Bay Lagoon (largest in the Caribbean) with its many yachts and sailboats and the neighboring islands of Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatias atmospheric conditions permitting. (Five minute stop)
The tour then will continue South through Cay Hill & Belair with a view of Fort Amsterdam on the peninsular and a magnificent view of Great Bay harbor before returning to the cruise terminal. Alternatively be dropped off in Philipsburg (three-minute taxi/water taxi ride to terminal) Approx 20 minute walk.
- Ride a clean air-conditioned vehicle
- Learn about the island and it’s history
- Enjoy breath taking views/Photo stops
- Visit Marigot and Philipsburg
- Visit Orient Bay clothing optional beach
- Visit Maho Beach/Plane spotting enthusiast
- Receive complimentary beer, water, soda.