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Essential Collection

Philipsburg Tour

Access from: Philipsburg (St Maarten)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 25309
  • Duration: ​4.5 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Philipsburg (St. Maarten) port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Oyster Pond
  • St. Marigot
  • Orient Bay Beach
  • Maho Beach

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 25309
  • Duration: ​4.5 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Philipsburg (St. Maarten) port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Oyster Pond
  • St. Marigot
  • Orient Bay Beach
  • Maho Beach

Itinerary

- Depart from the Port
- Oyster pond - Sightseeing
- Hilltop at Orient Bay, overlooking the beach
- Swim at Orient Beach for approximately up to two hours
- Marigot - Open Market
- Sunset Beach Bar (Maho Beach)
- Return to the Port

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
The tour is 4.5 hours in length and you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

When does my tour start?
- Morning tours generally commence at 9.00 am (shore time) or if your ship ports after 08:30 am then 1 hour after your ships port time. Afternoon tours generally commence at 2.30 pm (shore time) or if your ship ports after 2.00 pm then 1 hour after your ship port time.

Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

​St. Maarten is a unique destination due to its split Dutch/French ownership, and has a beautiful landscape and wonderful sights. Our Smart Price tour takes you around St. Maarten for a fantastic price, allowing you to soak up the island's stunning setting and impressive history.

If you're looking for the ultimate island tour of St Maarten with a highly knowledgeable and friendly local tour guide, then this is your trip. You'll begin your tour with an interesting ride from Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, to Marigot, capital of French St. Maarten. You'll pass brightly painted Dutch-style buildings as you watch the island change cultures from the Dutch "Welkom" to the French "Bienvenue". You'll also pass the Border Monument, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island.

You'll continue on to the hilltop at Orient Bay, which overlooks the beach. This is St. Martin's most popular beach, a beautiful place where you can swim and sunbathe for up to two hours, time allowing.

On arrival at Marigot, you'll have time to stop at some small boutiques, shops including Colombian Emeralds and Little Switzerland, the colourful stands of the local market, or you can take a walk up to Fort Friederick, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the bay below.

From the French capital, journey over to the most popular area on the Dutch side - Maho Beach - for a stop at the Sunset Beach Bar.

Your tour guide will ensure that you're back at your cruise ship with plenty of time before your cruise departs.

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 25309
    • Duration: ​4.5 hours
    • Pick up point: ​Philipsburg (St. Maarten) port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Oyster Pond
    • St. Marigot
    • Orient Bay Beach
    • Maho Beach

    Itinerary

    - Depart from the Port
    - Oyster pond - Sightseeing
    - Hilltop at Orient Bay, overlooking the beach
    - Swim at Orient Beach for approximately up to two hours
    - Marigot - Open Market
    - Sunset Beach Bar (Maho Beach)
    - Return to the Port

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
    The tour is 4.5 hours in length and you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    When does my tour start?
    - Morning tours generally commence at 9.00 am (shore time) or if your ship ports after 08:30 am then 1 hour after your ships port time. Afternoon tours generally commence at 2.30 pm (shore time) or if your ship ports after 2.00 pm then 1 hour after your ship port time.

    Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

    ​St. Maarten is a unique destination due to its split Dutch/French ownership, and has a beautiful landscape and wonderful sights. Our Smart Price tour takes you around St. Maarten for a fantastic price, allowing you to soak up the island's stunning setting and impressive history.

    If you're looking for the ultimate island tour of St Maarten with a highly knowledgeable and friendly local tour guide, then this is your trip. You'll begin your tour with an interesting ride from Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, to Marigot, capital of French St. Maarten. You'll pass brightly painted Dutch-style buildings as you watch the island change cultures from the Dutch "Welkom" to the French "Bienvenue". You'll also pass the Border Monument, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island.

    You'll continue on to the hilltop at Orient Bay, which overlooks the beach. This is St. Martin's most popular beach, a beautiful place where you can swim and sunbathe for up to two hours, time allowing.

    On arrival at Marigot, you'll have time to stop at some small boutiques, shops including Colombian Emeralds and Little Switzerland, the colourful stands of the local market, or you can take a walk up to Fort Friederick, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the bay below.

    From the French capital, journey over to the most popular area on the Dutch side - Maho Beach - for a stop at the Sunset Beach Bar.

    Your tour guide will ensure that you're back at your cruise ship with plenty of time before your cruise departs.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • ​Air-Conditioned Transportation
    • Professional English Speaking Driver/Guide
    Activity Level Scale: 3
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Local Currency: Euro on the French side and the Florin (Florin or Netherlands Antillean guilder) on the Dutch side of the island. US dollars are also widely accepted.
    Wheelchair Access: Unfortunately some of the sites are not accessible to wheelchairs or can be extremely challenging. Therefore, we would recommend a private tour for a more relaxed experience.
    What Should you take on your Tour: It is recommended to take sun cream and a sun hat, as at times on this excursion it can get unseasonably hot. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water. Please wear comfortable footwear for this excursion as there is some walking on uneven ground, inclines and steps. Also please don’t forget your fully charged camera, as we don’t want you to miss out on some wonderful memories.

    Joining instructions

    You will need to make your way to the Information Center, where you'll be met by a Cruising Excursions representative.
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