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 seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find a variety of different rental agencies that can help. You can go to this page dedicated to bike and scooter rentals if you want to get additional details.

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 services and at least 22 different dive sites to choose from. Use this link to visit our page 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 you have some avid fishermen traveling with you, they're in luck -- 8 charter fishing services operate from this area. You can find out more about fishing in this area can do so by visiting this page.

Golf

Hoping to spend some time on the greens? Sint Maarten isn't exactly paved with golf greens from end to end, but there is one golf course to be aware of. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. Anyone needing to find more details about golf throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

Random Wind

Check the table just below for information concerning local providers that will help you get out on the water.

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're interested in learning about charter operators and local marinas see 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 there are some foks who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they're not completely out of luck -- more than 90 retail stores are located in this area. Click here to read our extended discussion of shopping in Sint Maarten.

Sightseeing

St. Maarten Museum

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting Sint Maarten. Interesting sights include 5 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Click here to check out our guide to area sightseeing and attractions.

The chart below enables you to learn some details regarding a firm that can direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights.

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
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 enjoy sightseeing underwater you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in Sint Maarten. To visit our detailed guide to local snorkeling opportunities, click here.

Spas

Indulging in a trip to the spa might be the highlight of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 5 spas that operate in this area. To read our complete guide to spas, click here.

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're a tennis player you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. There are a couple of different properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning 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

You can look through the table 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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