Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in St Maarten

Things to do in  St Maarten

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 15 attractions in St Maarten

#1
Marigot Market

Marigot Market

star-4.5850
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
#2
Maho Beach

Maho Beach

star-53,040
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
#3
Maho & Mullet Bay

Maho & Mullet Bay

star-53,999
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
#4
Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach

star-4.5573
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
#5
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

star-5724
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
#6
Front Street

Front Street

star-5185
Front Street is the main street and activity hub of Philipsburg, St. Maarten’s Dutch-side capital. Running along the inside of the bay, Front Street (Voorstraat) is home to some the island’s finest restaurants and shopping—including duty-free jewelry, electronics, and cigars—as well as historic wooden buildings.More
#7
Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre Island

star-53,446
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
#8
Baie Rouge Beach

Baie Rouge Beach

star-5769
Secluded Baie RougeBeach—set between two rocky bluffs in the lowlands along the west coast of St. Martin—is one of island’s most beautiful beaches. Its name hints at what makes it special: sparkling pink sands and red-hued rock formations, although the beach bar and a cave flooded with seawater, Devil’s Hole, also hold appeal.More
#9
Pinel Island

Pinel Island

star-53,065
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
#10
Orient Bay Beach

Orient Bay Beach

star-4.5455
The white sands of Orient Bay Beach are no secret in St. Maarten. This clothing-optional spot is a top attraction in the area, and sun worshippers come for its views of the bay, clear water, snorkeling opportunities, and many beachside restaurants and bars.More
#11
Philipsburg Courthouse

Philipsburg Courthouse

star-4.5199
Standing sentinel in the palm-lined Watney Square on Front Street, Philipsburg Courthouse is the centerpiece of the island’s Dutch capital. Built in 1793, the white wooden structure with crisp green trim has a bell tower topped by a pineapple—a classic Caribbean symbol for “welcome.” Once used as a jail, a post office, and a fire station, the building is currently a working courthouse.More
#12
Saba

Saba

star-4.542
Off the southern coast of St. Maarten, the diminutive and isolated island of Saba is a thriving sanctuary for tropical plant and animal life. Though Saba doesn’t have any beaches, the pristine volcanic island is a paradise for hikers and a world-class destination for scuba divers.More
#13
Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond

star-4.5501
Saint Martin / Sint Maarten is the smallest territory in the world to be peacefully divided by two distant powers. The border between the French side and the Dutch side along the island’s east coast is simply demarcated by the clear, calm waters of Oyster Pond, a protected cove with a pretty marina and a dock for ferries to Saint Barthelemy.More
#14
Fort St. Louis

Fort St. Louis

star-5288
Built on the orders of Louis XVI in 1767, Fort St. Louis sits atop a cliff overlooking Marigot, the capital of the French side of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten. Long decommissioned, the fort still waves the French flag. The formidable walls and cannons that protected the island from invading powers and pirates are in excellent shape today.More
#15
Le Galion Beach

Le Galion Beach

star-314
One of St. Martin’s most family-friendly beaches, Le Galion Beach is the perfect beach day for visitors traveling with young children. The turquoise waters of the beach also known as L’Embouchure or Baby Beach are clear, mellow, and very shallow—even 300 feet (91 meters) from the shore. It’s also one of the few area beaches that discourages nude sunbathing.More

Top activities in St Maarten

St Maarten Luxury Catamaran Full-Day Group Charter SXM Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
3 Island Adventure with stop at Tintamarre to swim with Turtles
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Tango Caribbean Dinner Cruise

star-4.5
111
From
$85.00
St. Maarten Best Island Tour

St. Maarten Best Island Tour

star-5
85
From
$61.54
St Barts Ferry Transfer from St Maarten
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Electric Adventures Buggy Rental

Electric Adventures Buggy Rental

star-5
169
From
$217.95
per group
Operators have paid Viator more to have their experiences featured here

Recent reviews from experiences in St Maarten

star-5
St Maarten Sea life!
Gerry_H, Apr 2022
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling, Beach Tour Including Lunch in St. Maarten
A great way to see the St Maarten coast line.
star-5
Fantastic day trip. The...
Thomas_K, Jan 2022
The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St Maarten
Hope to see you again.
star-5
BEST TIME EVER
Sean_K, Apr 2022
2 Hours Private Jet Ski Tour in Saint Martin with free passenger
We toured around the island and got to see it from a different perspective while having an insanely fun time on the Jet Skis.
star-5
Friendly informative entertaining tour of the best spots on the island.
Justin_S, Mar 2022
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling, Beach Tour Including Lunch in St. Maarten
At great way to see a lot of St Maarten if you’re only here for a short time or to get oriented at the start of a longer trip.
star-5
You don’t want to miss this tour!
Sandra_J, Mar 2022
The Best of St Maarten Private Sightseeing Tour
We expected a typical bus ride to see some of the island vistas but we got so much more.
star-5
Best way to see st Maarten by sea
Kadria_S, Feb 2022
Full Day Snorkeling, Beach and Island Hopping Excursion/Tour
We were able to see various fishes, a dolphin and a few turtles.
star-5
Great experience and fun ride!
Jessica_N, Jul 2021
Airport Transfers in St. Maarten
Comfortable ride, reliable pick-up and drop-off and great recommendations for local activities and restaurants and bars.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
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!!
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
BEST AU NATUREL CATAMARAN CRUISE with Captain Alouis & Patty on the FLAGSHIP II
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.
star-5
Great attitude, friendly, fair price and on time service.
Brian_K, May 2021
Airport Transfers in St. Maarten
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.
star-4
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.
star-4
Great trip
Margot_D, Jul 2021
Captain Bob Speed Boat, Snorkeling, Beach Tour Including Lunch in St. Maarten
A can advice it to everyone who comes to visit Saint Martin.
We perform checks on reviews

All about St Maarten

Time Zone
AST (UTC -4)
Country Code
+1721
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in St Maarten?
Q:
What are the top activities in St Maarten?
Q:
What are the top things to do near St Maarten?
A:
Check out things to do near St Maarten:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting St Maarten?