Attractions in Sint Maarten

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dawn Beach

You will discover several beaches to consider in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on each beach name for detailed information about that specific beach.

A local beach that offers 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 option for snorkelers 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: It is impossible to walk down the Great Bay beach without noticing the lengthy boardwalk, which has recently become center for shopping and fun. The long strip of beach itself is well maintained, with soft white sand and shallow, clear water.

Of course, the area is home to a full range of beaches in the area. Take advantage of this article if you're looking for more information.

Landmark Attractions

St. Maarten Museum

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit St. Maarten Museum. It is situated in 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 a fort located near Philipsburg, St. Maarten. It was built in 1631 by the Dutch, but quickly captured and occupied by Spanish forces until 1648.

That's not all -- you will find a range of other landmark attractions. To find out more about other sites worth seeing in Sint Maarten, read this page.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

One of the frequently visited natural attractions is Sint Maarten Marine Park. 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.

Another local site that needs mentioning is Wathey Square. Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.

These examples are only a few of the available options. Read this article which is all about natural attractions in and near the area if you're seeking some more details.


Feeling lucky? Visitors hoping to test their luck can find quite a few opportunities to do so 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, which is on the premises of Paradise Mall, is located in 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 gamers 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.

Of course, there are a wider range of choices too. Follow this link to visit our page about 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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