Tintamarre Island Tours
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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.
To reach the 246-acre (100-hectare) island of Tintamarre, you need to take a boat tour. Some tours emphasize eco-adventure, with a boat tour to Tintamarre and other islets such as Pinel Island and Creole Rock for a day of relaxing, snorkeling, and swimming with sea turtles. Other typical St. Martin tours might include sightseeing and shopping in Marigot or a gourmet lunch in the French side’s culinary capital, Grand Case.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Travelers looking to experience unspoiled nature appreciate deserted Tintamarre.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food and drinks, use of snorkeling equipment, towels, and guides. Check tours for specific details.
- Remember sun protection, swimwear, and a towel.
- There are no food concessions on the island, so come prepared.
How to Get There
Tintamarre Island is within the boundaries of the St. Martin Nature Reserve, off the northeast coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin and is accessible by boat.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Tintamarre Island aligns with the most favorable time to visit St. Martin/St. Maarten: the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when cheaper rates are offered and rain is less likely. The weather is pleasant year-round, with temperatures peaking in summer. For humpback whale sightings, travel between February and June.
Tintamarre has a history that mirrors that of the mainland. In the 18th century, French settlers captured it from the English who had held the low-lying island for 40 years. Not long after, the Dutch arrived, and the island become the personal playground of the van Romondt family, as overseen by the dashing Diederik Christian who earned the reputation of being “King of Tintamarre.” In the 1940s, the French snatched it back again.
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Tintamarre Island
Cruise around St Maarten with stops at Tintamarre, Creole Rock and Grand Case on this full-day sailing excursion. Explore the lovely natural beauty of Tintamarre, then head to Creole Rock for some of the island's best snorkeling. Go ashore in Grand Case, the St Maarten's culinary capital, for a gourmet lunch including wine. Cruise down the coast after lunch past Marigot Bay and Sunset Beach while enjoying an open bar. Round-trip transportation from St Maarten hotels is included.
Explore St. Maarten’s natural landscape away from the crowded beaches on a boat cruise that departs from Dock Maarten Marina. To ensure your comfort and a personal experience, the boat crew provide a buffet lunch, open bar, and snorkeling gear. Stops on the itinerary range from top landmarks to secluded snorkeling locations often missed by visitors.
Join Too Rhum Punch for a 6 Hours yachting, sailing, and snorkeling experience. Your comfort and safety are our main concern, depending on the weather update we will take you sailing to the French Nature Reserve (Tintamarre and Pinel) well known for the turtles, iguanas. OR we will do an easy South side Coastal sailing French Side, Dutch Side with 2 or more stops for snorkeling, beach time and even spotting the planes as they land on our famous Maho Beach. French Style Buffet Lunch, Open bar all day with Top Shelve liquor, Snorkeling instruction and equipment, Attentive freindly and professional crew are all the ingredients for a successful day in Sint Maarten
Take a catamaran around the island of St. Maarten for a day of swimming, snorkeling, and sightseeing. Traverse the crystal clear waters by boat and drop anchor at some of the best snorkel spots including Grand Case Creole Rock, Tintamarre, and Pinel in the French Nature Reserve. Discover the island’s diverse marine life, sunbathe on pristine beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch and an open bar on board.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Tintamarre Island?
The best ways to experience Tintamarre Island are:
- The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
- Tropical Catamaran Snorkeling, Sailing And Beach Experience
- Tropical Catamaran Snorkeling, Sailing and Happy Day
- The Ultimate Eco Tour: Snorkeling and Sightseeing Around Sint Maarten