Sint Maarten Attractions

Keep your days on St. Maarten busy with sightseeing

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There is never a dull moment in St. Maarten – unless you want there to be. With so many attractions to see and beaches to lounge on, you can pack your day full of sightseeing, and your nights with fun.

Beaches

The beautiful, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are the reason why so many tourists visit St. Maarten each year. Dozens of beaches line the shore of this nation, and each has its own unique qualities. Whether you plan to relax in the sand or want to participate in watersports, there is a beach perfect for you and your needs. For an extra special treat, make sure to plan a diving excursion to see the wreckage of the HMS Proselyte, which sank just south of Great Bay in 1801.

Landmarks

The history of St. Maarten is especially intriguing due to the peaceful coexistence it shares with French St. Martin on one tiny tract of land. You can learn all about the nation's history by visiting any of the numerous landmarks, museums, and other places of historical importance. While French St. Martin is especially know for its historic museums, many of the museums on the Dutch side focus on the modern. Still, there are some historic sites to see, like the Old House, a historic sugar plantation that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Some other historic landmarks include Fort Amsterdam and Concordia Hill.

Nature

The flat topography of St. Maarten lends itself to easy outdoor exploration, whether on foot or by bike. As you wonder you'll discover the gorgeous, flowering beauty of the island, and a collection of hiking trails that help guide your way. If you want structured exploring, guests are welcome to visit one of the nation’s nature parks, nature reserves, and marine reserves.

Casinos

Many visitors spend their days on St. Maarten looking forward to the nights. The Dutch side of the island is home to all of its 13 casinos, where you can play the slots and place bets on table games well into the night. St. Maarten is also known for its club scene, so if you're looking to have fun, this is a great spot for a getaway.

Beaches

Dawn Beach

You'll find an abundance of beaches to choose from in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on the beach names for a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

A location where you can go snorkeling is Dawn Beach. The beach features powdery white sand, where guests can lay out and admire the beautiful panoramic views of the Caribbean, where you can see silhouettes of cays and the Oyster Bay Resort in the distance. Incredible turquoise waters converge with the dry sand, inviting admirers to enter and swim.

Another good choice for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Maho Bay Beach. The waters of Maho Beach are especially popular with windsurfers, and are also great for swimming. There will often be crowds here on the weekends.

Great Bay: Great Bay, located on the southern end of the island and in the heart of the capital, features a two mile long beach filled with lush white sand and beautiful palms. An extended boardwalk adds a party atmosphere to the beach.

Luckily, you'll be able to find many other choices for beaches in the area. Use this link to view our guide to beaches for Sint Maarten.

Landmark Attractions

St. Maarten Museum

An interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Maarten Museum. It is located within Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. When the St Maarten National Park Foundation and the St Maarten Museum foundation merged in 1993, the St Maarten National Heritage Foundation was created. This foundation created the St Maarten Museum, which aims to protect and promote the rich heritage of the island of St Maarten.

A second choice is Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum Exhibits include proprietor Nick's personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, and Superman.

Fort Amsterdam: Fort Amsterdam is an important birding site, hosting a 60 nest deep breeding colony of Brown Pelicans. As far as historical significance is concerned, in 1987 Dutch archaeologists excavated the land and uncovered the skeleton of a Spanish officer as well as artifacts from Spanish, Dutch, and English occupation.

The area has quite a few other places to see. To find out more about landmarks in this area, navigate to this page.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

One of the more popular natural attractions is Sint Maarten Marine Park. <p>Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.</p>

Another local site you might like is Wathey Square. <p>Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.</p>

These examples are just some of your choices. Anyone who needs to find more details concerning natural attractions in and near Sint Maarten, can learn more here.

Casinos

Looking for some action? Guests wanting to try their luck will have quite a few places to go in this area.

Starz City & Casino has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. More than a place to gamble, Starz Casino is a full on experience. Not only is there 2,500 square feet of gaming space -- 400 slot machines and tables for your favorite casino games -- but plasma television screens are always broadcasting the most current sporting events, and you can even bet on them.

Paradise Plaza Casino, part of Paradise Mall, is found within central Sint Maarten. Brightly lit and always clean, the lines of gaming machines at Paradise Plaza Casino are inviting and perhaps even mesmerizing.

Casino Royale has a collection of games for patrons to play, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Poker - 3 card, and Poker - Caribbean Stud. The largest casino on the island of St. Maarten, Casino Royale boasts 14,000 square feet of electric gaming atmosphere. Not only are there over 450 slot machines with classic and modern video machines, but there are 20 live game tables including both French and American roulette.

Luckily, you will find other options too. Click to find our article concerning gaming in Sint Maarten.

And it doesn't end there. The lack of border patrol means that when you finish touring St. Maarten, you can head over to French St. Martin without any trouble at all. With so much fun and culture to soak up on both islands, you'll definitely want to return time and again.

With so many varied choices of activities, you're sure to find a way to spend your vacation on St. Maarten doing exactly what you'd like. Spend a day in the sun, or stay out all night - the choice is yours.

 

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