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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Check the table just below for information concerning local providers that will help you get out on the 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're interested in learning about charter operators and local marinas see 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 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 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.
|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 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.
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.
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'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.
|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.
You can look through the table below to learn about other activities.
|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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