If you imagine yourself being kept busy from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, then St. Maarten is a great spot for your next Caribbean vacation. While it is possible to simply relax on the beach and laze the days away, why would you want to with so much to see and do?
While the Dutch side of the island is a bit more urbanized making it great for cars, the close proximity of attractions to eachother makes bikes and scooter a very plausable option.
If you are thinking about exploring the area in the open air you will encounter a variety of different places that can help. Anyone needing to find out more concerning this topic can do so by visiting this page.
erience doesn't end with splashing in the surf and lying in the sand. You can also take up a few water based hobbies, like scuba, and snorkeling. These are two of the top reasons that people travel to the Caribbean, because the crystal clear waters and bountiful coral reef systems make for great underwater experiences.
Sint Maarten's many services and clear waters make for a great opportunity to head off-shore and dive one of the many sites. No matter what your skill set, there will be a dive for you, or at least trainers to help you get where you want to be.
You'll find 7 dive operators and at least 22 good dive sites to choose from. To visit our complete guide to scuba diving in this area, navigate to this page.
If you're up for learning about local culture and having fun, attending an event or festival during your trip to St. Maarten is a great way to do so. One of the most popular festivals takes place in April, and that is Carnival. Carnival is prevalent throughout all of the Caribbean, and is typified by numerous parades, dancing in the streets, costumes, and lots of good food. Other St. Maarten events include Arts in the Park and the Allegiance Race.
Fishing is another popular pastime in St. Maarten. Chartering a boat to take you out on a deep sea fishing expedition is great fun, and if you're an angler at heart, you won't be able to think about anything but how much potential there is to make the biggest catch of your life. If you can't bring yourself to throw your catch back in, most hotel restaurants will cook your days catch for you.
If there are some experienced anglers traveling with you, they're in luck -- they can fish with one of the 8 charter operators in this area. Anyone who needs to obtain more information about fishing in this area can do so here.
Like to play golf? Sint Maarten isn't exactly overrun with golf greens, but there's one place to be aware of. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. For a more comprehensive look at golf courses throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island navigate to this page.
The chart directly below provides you with some details on firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.
|Aqua Mania Adventures||(721) 544-2640||2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Blue Safaris||(721) 526-2749||0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Bluebeard Charters||(721) 587-5935||0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay|
|Captain Alan's Boat Charters||(721) 580-0377||0.2 mi. East of Central Oyster Pond|
|(721) 526-2467||Simpson Bay|
|Celine Charters||(721) 526-1170||3.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot|
|(721) 547-0210||Simpson Bay|
|Garfield Fun Charters||(721) 587-1503||2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|(721) 552-0875||0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|(721) 527-1444||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|(721) 527-1444||2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Marigot|
|(721) 543-0068||Simpson Bay|
|Passaat Classic Schooner||(721) 580-3301||2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Pirate Tours||(305) 879-0941||0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Random Wind||(721) 587-5742||2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Robinson Speed Boat Tours||(721) 581-3798||0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Soualiga Destinations||(631) 458-0543||0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Sugar Rush Charters||(721) 580-4404||Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten|
If you want to learn about nearby marinas and charter operators go to this page.
One of the best places to shop in the whole of the Caribbean is St. Maarten. The combination of duty and tax free shopping plus numerous discounted high end goods lends itself to this spot being a shopping Mecca. It is so popular, in fact, that tourists on nearby islands often take advantage of local ferries to sail to St. Maarten and shop. Check out Front Street for jewelry and Maho Plaza for name brand offerings.
If there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they can browse some of the area's 90 retail shops. If you want to learn about shopping in Sint Maarten, you can do so by visiting this page.
Sightseeing is another good way to use some of your time in Sint Maarten. Sights of interest to visitors include 5 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Click here to find our page dedicated to area sightseeing and attractions.
Details concerning a firm that will help you have a great time sightseeing can be found in the chart below.
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 544-5536||Cole Bay|
|Atlantis Adventures||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-4078||Cole Bay|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(800) 638-5153||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-2602||Dutch Cul de Sac|
|Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||(721) 542-4287||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-3316||Little Bay|
|Fun and Roll||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 523-9672||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 548-4375||Dutch Cul de Sac|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 545-2266||Simpson Bay|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-1511||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 553-8916||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-5155||Philipsburg|
|Shoreline Helicopters Inc Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(866) 361-1100||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 545-5408||Simpson Bay|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 527-7966||Philipsburg|
|Trisport Philipsburg||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 553-9139||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Trisport Simpson Bay Kayaking||Kayaking Service||(721) 545-4384||Simpson Bay|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 526-4662||Simpson Bay|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-2230||Philipsburg|
If you enjoy snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Sint Maarten. Click this link to check out our extended discussion of local snorkeling opportunities.
Indulging in a trip to the spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 5 spas that operate in this area. You can read this article which is all about spas in the area if you'd like to find out more information.
If you like to stay active, even on vacation, there are plenty of ways to do so in St. Maarten. You may simply hit the fitness center at your gym every morning, play a few rounds of tennis, or even get in a game of golf. There is one golf course on the island, and it happens to be on St. Maarten. Unfortunately, it is only open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you'll have to plan in advance to ensure you get a tee time. If you'd rather be a spectator than a performer, there are plenty of options for watching sports. There are baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer teams in St. Maarten, and guests are always welcome to cheer the local teams on.
If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. You can choose between two different properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn more about the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Simpson Bay Resort and Marina||2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot||4|
|Princess Port de Plaisance||2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot||7|
For example, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
Information about lots of other activities are provided in the following chart.
|Aqua Mania Adventures||Watersports Operator||(721) 544-2640||0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay|
|Swimming Pools||--||2.0 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Caribbean Cinemas - St. Maarten Megaplex 7||Movie Theater||(599) 544-4777||Central Sint Maarten|
|Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers||--||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Bowling Center||(721) 542-8963||Philipsburg|
|Scenic Trail||--||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Scenic Trail||--||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Kidsworld||Amusement Arcade||(721) 544-2883||2.2 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 542-0474||Little Bay|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 542-2122||Dutch Cul de Sac|
|Horseback Riding Site||(721) 544-5255||Newll, Central Sint Maarten|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 545-5616||Simpson Bay|
|Movie Theater||(721) 544-4777||Central Sint Maarten|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||Philipsburg, Southeastern part of Sint Maarten|
|No.1 SXM Parasailing||Parasailing Service||(721) 587-6611||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Movie Theater||(721) 543-0001||3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 544-3033||2.0 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 554-3601||Simpson Bay|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 542-5025||Philipsburg|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 542-6281||Little Bay|
|Massage Therapist||(721) 544-4966||Simpson Bay|
|Movie Theater||(721) 544-3631||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette|
Of course, that's not all. As you get out and explore, you're sure to come across many more things that you'll want to do in St. Maarten. Keep an idea of which activities you want to participate in, but be prepared also to go with the flow.
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