Activities in Sint Maarten

From dawn until dusk, you'll find plenty to keep you busy in St. Maarten

Photo credit: © Mamaï

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?

Bike and Scooter Rental

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 considering riding in the open air, you will find several businesses that can help make it happen. To reach our detailed guide to renting a bike or scooter, go to this page.


Sint Maarten Diving

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 in the area. To visit our complete guide to scuba diving in this area, check out this page.

Events and Festivals

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.


Taylor Made Charters

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 vacationing with you, they're in luck -- there are 7 charter fishing services in this area. Read this page about fishing in the area if you want to discover more details.


Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? Sint Maarten isn't exactly paved with golf greens from end to end, but there is one course in the area. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. To read our complete page about golf courses throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island, go to this page.

Sailing and Boating

Random Wind

Glance through the chart below for more information about local providers that can enable you to get out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
Aqua Mania Adventures (721) 544-2640 2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot
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
Captain Morgan Charters (721) 526-2467 Simpson Bay
Celine Charters (721) 526-1170 3.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot
Offshore Sensations Simpson Bay (721) 527-1444 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Marigot
Out Island Charters (721) 543-0068 Simpson Bay
Passaat Classic Schooner (721) 580-3301 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot
Random Wind (721) 587-5742 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
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'd like to find out about marinas and charter operators go to this page.


Shopping in Sint Maarten

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 you have some foks who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they might want to know that there are at least 58 retailers in this area. Navigate to this page if you want to know more about shopping in Sint Maarten.


St. Maarten Museum

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting Sint Maarten. Sights of interest to visitors include 5 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors To learn about more area sightseeing attractions, see this page.

Information about a firm that can help you have a great time enjoying the local sights can be found below.

Sightseeing Services In Sint Maarten
Name Type Phone Location
Aquabus Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 544-5536 Cole Bay
Bernard's Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (800) 638-5153 Philipsburg
Island Reps Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 545-2266 Simpson Bay
SXM Deals Travel and Tour Operators (800) 456-4074 0.7 mi. South of Central Philipsburg
Sandy Island Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-5155 Philipsburg
St. Maarten Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 527-7966 Philipsburg
Trisport Simpson Bay Kayaking Kayaking Service (721) 545-4384 2.4 mi. South of Central Marigot
Turtle Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 526-4662 Simpson Bay


Sint Maarten Snorkeling

If you are intrigued by the idea of underwater sightseeing there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Sint Maarten. To see our guide to local snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.


Sint Maarten Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. If a spa visit sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to discover there are two located in this area. Use this link to find our discussion of this topic.


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 want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. There are two different properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to read more about the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Sint Maarten
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Simpson Bay Resort and Marina 2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot 4 check
Princess Port de Plaisance 2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot 7 check

For example, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Information concerning lots of other activities are summarized here:

Other Activities In Sint Maarten
Name Type Phone Location
Aqua Mania Adventures Watersports Operator (721) 544-2640 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Carib Swim Pool Swimming Pools -- 2.0 mi. South of Central Marigot
Caribbean Cinemas - St. Maarten Megaplex 7 Movie Theater (599) 544-4777 Central Sint Maarten
Carnival Village Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers -- Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail -- Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail -- Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Lb Scott Sports Auditorium Sporting Event Venue -- Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten
Littlebay Beach & Racquet Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-0474 Little Bay
Lorraine's Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-2122 Dutch Cul de Sac
Lucky Stables Horseback Riding Site (721) 544-5255 Newll, Central Sint Maarten
Marci's Mega Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 545-5616 2.4 mi. South of Central Marigot
Megaplex 7 Movie Theater (721) 544-4777 Central Sint Maarten
Port De Plaisance Fitness & Tennis Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 544-3033 2.0 mi. South of Central Marigot
Slender You Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 554-3601 Simpson Bay
Spartaco Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-5025 Philipsburg
St Maarten Rockland Estate Eco-Park Amusement/Theme Park (721) 543-1135 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot

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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