Activities in Sint Maarten

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

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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 intrigued by the idea of sightseeing at your own pace, you will find multiple different rental agencies that can help you. Make your way to this article about bike and scooter rentals if you'd like more specifics.

Diving

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 different dive sites to choose from. Click here to read our article about diving in this area.

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.

Fishing

Rudy's Deep Sea Fishing

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'll be pleased to know 8 charter fishing services operate from this area. To visit our complete guide to deep sea fishing, click here.

Golf

Want to play some golf on vacation? Sint Maarten isn't necessarily a golfing paradise, but there's one place to be aware of. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. Click here to read our discussion of golf courses throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island.

Sailing and Boating

Random Wind

Details concerning firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found in the following chart:

Boating Opportunities In Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
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
Captain Morgan Charters (721) 526-2467 Simpson Bay
Celine Charters (721) 526-1170 3.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot
Fun In The Sun (721) 547-0210 Simpson Bay
Garfield Fun Charters (721) 587-1503 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot
Lord Sheffield (721) 552-0875 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Offshore Sensations Philipsburg (721) 527-1444 Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
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
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'd like to learn about charter operators and marinas go to this page.

Shopping

St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop

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 your group includes some people who love to shop they can browse a few of the area's 90 retail shops. To find out about opportunities for shopping in Sint Maarten, click here.

Sightseeing

St. Maarten Museum

Sightseeing is another popular activity for visitors to Sint Maarten. The area's sights include 5 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Anyone needing to learn more about area sightseeing opportunities can do so by visiting this page.

Information concerning a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be seen directly below.

Sightseeing Services In Sint Maarten
Name Type Phone Location
Aquabus Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 544-5536 Cole Bay
Atlantis Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-4078 Cole Bay
Bernard's Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (800) 638-5153 Philipsburg
Daytona Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-2602 Dutch Cul de Sac
Dutch Hiking Club Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (721) 542-4287 Philipsburg
Dutch Tours Enterprises 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
Independent Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 548-4375 Dutch Cul de Sac
Island Reps Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 545-2266 Simpson Bay
Jem Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-1511 Philipsburg
Jo Junie Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 553-8916 Philipsburg
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
Shoreline Helicopters Inc Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (866) 361-1100 0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette
St. Maarten Incentives Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 545-5408 Simpson Bay
St. Maarten Tours 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
Turtle Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 526-4662 Simpson Bay
Vacationer Paradise Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-2230 Philipsburg

Snorkeling

Fun and Roll

If you are intrigued by the idea of underwater sightseeing you're in luck -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Sint Maarten. To read about other snorkeling opportunities, click here.

Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa just 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 located in this area. To reach our complete guide to spas, see this page.

Sports

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.

Tennis

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. You can choose between a couple of different properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names 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 instance, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Check out the table just below to learn about other activities.

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
Cricket Field Sporting Event Venue -- 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg
FX Bowling Bowling Center (721) 542-8963 Philipsburg
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail -- Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail -- Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Kidsworld Amusement Arcade (721) 544-2883 2.2 mi. South of Central Marigot
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
Mega Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 545-5616 Simpson Bay
Megaplex 7 Movie Theater (721) 544-4777 Central Sint Maarten
Metford Hazel Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue -- Philipsburg, Southeastern part of Sint Maarten
No.1 SXM Parasailing Parasailing Service (721) 587-6611 Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Philipsburg Theatres Movie Theater (721) 543-0001 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
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
Sprotts Sports Services Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-6281 Little Bay
St Maarten Chiropractic & Massage Clinic N.V. Massage Therapist (721) 544-4966 Simpson Bay
Sunset Theatre 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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