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How to Spend 3 Days in St. Maarten

How to Spend 3 Days in St. Maarten

St. Maarten (and its French counterpart, St. Martin) is considered the melting pot of the Caribbean. Three days are enough time to experience the island’s rich diversity of cultures and activities, and even venture farther afield in the Lesser Antilles. Here’s how to make the most of your time there.

Day 1: Adventures on land

Spend your first day getting oriented on this 2-nation island. Start with a guided tour of the main attractions on both sides of the border. Active travelers might opt for a biking tour, while those who prefer traveling independently might purchase a hop-on hop-off bus pass. In the afternoon, try one of the island’s outdoor adventures: sail down Sentry Hill on the Flying Dutchman zipline (one of the world’s steepest); head off-road on a guided all-terrain vehicle ride to some of the island’s most beloved beaches; or if you’re traveling with kids, check out the aerial obstacle course at Loterie Farm. In the evening, enjoy the numerous restaurants, bars, and casinos at Maho Bay, St. Maarten’s version of Las Vegas. 

Day 2: Experiences at sea

Today is your opportunity to savor the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters for which the Caribbean is famous. Spend the day on a small-group sailing excursion along the coastline, stopping to swim or chill on the beach—or take a speedboat to Tintamarre and Pinel islands to explore the underwater world at some of St. Maarten’s top snorkeling spots. Alternatively, go deeper with a beginner-friendly scuba diving experience in Simpson Bay, or parasail above Orient Bay Beach. Wind down your day on the water with a romantic sunset cruise, Champagne in hand.

Day 3: Caribbean island hopping

St. Maarten is a desirable destination in its own right, but it’s also an excellent base for exploring other islands in the Lesser Antilles. A popular day trip takes visitors to Anguilla—known for its long beaches and lively beachside barbecues—with a stop at Prickly Pear Cays for some swimming and snorkeling along the way. Or, hike through the indigenous rain forest on the pristine island of Saba, grabbing lunch afterward in quaint Windwardside. Alternatively, gather your friends or family for a private day trip to glamorous St. Barth. At the end of a busy day, relax with a quiet dinner at your hotel.

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Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten Including Lunch

Anguilla Day Trip from St Maarten Including Lunch

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Sail to Anguilla aboard a luxury catamaran on this full-day trip from St. Maarten. Stop at Prickly Pear Cay to lounge in the shallows off the small island's pristine beach or snorkel among the tropical fish that inhabit the colorful coral reef. Visit lively Road Bay Beach for a barbecue lunch, then hit up some of the beach bars before climbing back aboard the 2-hulled sailboat for the trip back to your departure point. Round-trip transportation from select hotels on St. Maarten is included, depending on the day.
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  • 8 hours
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The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten

The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten

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Cruise on the ultramarine waters off St Maarten during this 5-hour yacht excursion from Simpson Bay. Step aboard the family-friendly yacht, the 'Random Wind', to meet your friendly captain and crew as the boat departs the pier. Find a comfortable spot on one of the boat's cushioned seats in the shade or sun and get to know your small group of 32 people or less as you watch the coastline fade into the distance. Journey to both the French and Dutch sides of the island to visit several beaches and relax in the soft sand. Go snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or try out the Tarzan swing. Eat a homemade lunch and sip drinks from the top shelf bar.
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  • 5 hours
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3-Hour Guided ATV Tour Island Highlights Plus 1-Hour Relax by the Beach

3-Hour Guided ATV Tour Island Highlights Plus 1-Hour Relax by the Beach

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Navigate St. Maarten's most popular beaches & highlights on an ATV during this half-day adventure from Phillipsburg. Stops include Airport Beach, Mullet Bay, Marigot, and much more. This tour is mainly on-road with a portion off-road. Upon return in Great Bay, Philipsburg, you can take a refreshing swim. Bottled water, and use of ATV and helmet is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Sky Explorer Flying Dutchman Schooner Ride and Sentry Hill Zip Line

Sky Explorer Flying Dutchman Schooner Ride and Sentry Hill Zip Line

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Combine rides on the Flying Dutchman, the Schooner Ride and the Sentry Hill Zipline on this thrilling combination tour. First, ascend to St. Maarten's highest point on the Sky Explorer for excellent views, then zoom down the mountain on the Flying Dutchmen. Head back up the mountain and clip on to the Sentry Hill Zipline to get views over the island. Finish up with an inner tube ride down the mountain on the Schooner Ride.
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  • 5 hours
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Saba Day Trip from St Maarten

Saba Day Trip from St Maarten

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Explore the pristine island of Saba on this 8-hour day trip from St Maarten. With your local guide, board a boat on St Maarten for the 1.5-hour journey by sea to Saba, making landing at Fort Bay. Spend the day diving, snorkeling and experiencing the unspoiled natural surroundings on this remote island. Tour the island on foot, which includes moderately strenuous hiking, or by taxi. Round-trip transportation from select St Maarten hotels is available during the week.
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  • 8 hours
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St Maarten Double Decker Bus Tour

St Maarten Double Decker Bus Tour

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Ride through picturesque St. Maarten while seeing the best the island has to offer on this double-decker bus tour from Philipsburg. See the tandem rule of France and Holland at play from the upper deck of the bus and stop at numerous local tourist sites for a visit and a photo. On route, sample local produced Rum, spot planes on Maho Beach, ride the island's unique carousel, and taste Dutch Gouda cheese with a Caribbean Twist.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Customizable Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten

Private Customizable Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten

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Choose your own itinerary during this private sightseeing tour in St Maarten. Spend 5 to 6 hours with a local guide visiting the attractions that pique your interest in a climate-controlled private tour van. Choose to hit the beach at the legendary shorelines of Maho Beach or Orient Beach, shop and gallery-hop in Marigot or Philipsburg, or explore the gourmet mecca of Grand Case. A complimentary open bar is included on this tour.
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  • 6 hours
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 Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands

Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour Pinel & Tintamarre Islands

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Explore St Maarten on a half-day speedboat and snorkeling tour. With your expert captain and small group limited to sixteen people, jet out from Philipsburg to several nearby locations like the uninhabited Tintamarre Island. Jump into the water and snorkel at the biodiversity hotspot Creole Rock, then enjoy a lunch beachside on Pinel Island. Sip beers and soda from the onboard bar as your captain shares his knowledge of St Maarten and the surrounding waters with you.
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  • 6 hours
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Parasailing Orient Bay Beach Sint Maarten

Parasailing Orient Bay Beach Sint Maarten

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Parasailing over Orient Bay is an outdoor adventure that presents views from 300 feet (91 meters) in the air. Discover the island paradise of Saint Maarten from Bikini Beach, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful shorelines. The boat crew ensures a safe and smooth ride in the sky.
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St Maarten Discover Scuba

St Maarten Discover Scuba

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Explore the underwater world on this introductory scuba diving adventure from St Maarten. During this 3-hour activity, perfect for beginner divers, slip into the calm Caribbean water to discover shallow dive sites accompanied by a PADI instructor. This tour is limited to twelve people to ensure safety and personalized attention. This activity is only available on Thursdays at 1:30pm.
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  • 3 hours
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Fly Zone Extreme Adventure at Loterie Farm

Fly Zone Extreme Adventure at Loterie Farm

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Enjoy a day at Loterie Farm in St. Martin, flying through the Fly Zone Extreme Treetop Adventure Obstacle course on this 1.5-hour activity in Rambaud. Get a mental a physical workout while enjoying the scenery, then hit the onsite bar to refuel and hydrate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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St Maarten Sightseeing Tour by Bike

St Maarten Sightseeing Tour by Bike

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Bike around St Maa.rten to explore both the French and Dutch sides of the island on this half-day tour. Follow your local cycling guide through Philipsburg and over the highest point of the island for stunning views of the neighboring islands. Make plenty of stops along the way to listen to your guide's engaging commentary on the history and culture of the island and take photos. This small-group tour allows your guide to customize each tour on the day of based on ability, fitness, and interests
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  • 4 hours
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Private St Barth Day Trip from St Maarten

Private St Barth Day Trip from St Maarten

Seek out the sun and sand of nearby St Barth during this private day trip from St Maarten. Aboard a private boat with just your friends and family, journey the 17 miles (27 kilometers) over to Gustavia, the island's capital city and mecca for shopping and ogling the mega yachts. Cruise over to St Jean or Shell Beach for a gourmet lunch, then head to Colombier for snorkeling among the native sea turtles. Head back to St Maarten just before sunset, sipping drinks from the open bar on the way.
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  • 8 hours
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