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.


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'll find several beaches to choose from in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer a quieter spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. Click on the name of the beach to get additional information about that individual beach.

A local beach that offers snorkeling is Dawn Beach. Located on the east coast of the island, Dawn Beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand bordering clear waters. Sharing the beach with the Westin St Maarten, the area is popular with tourists, though its length allows for some areas to be quieter than others.

Another top pick for snorkeling fans is Maho Bay Beach. Beacon Hill Road runs right alongside this beach. It's just south of the roundabout where Airport Road becomes Rhine Road.

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.

These are just a few of the options that are available. Click to view our page concerning beaches for Sint Maarten.

Landmark Attractions

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

One popular destination is St. Maarten Museum. It is located within Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Visitors who would like to learn about the natural and geological history of St. Maarten can do so at the St. Maarten Museum. Exhibits include artifacts from before European settlement, and detail how the landscape of the country has changed over the centuries.

An alternative landmark could be 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.

St. Maarten Heritage Museum: Visitors to the museum will be able to wander from the early days of the indigenous Arawak people, exploring further to the colonial battles of Spain, France, and the Netherlands, to the era of modernization and finally to Sint Maarten today.

These are just a few of the choices you'll find. Click this link to check out our guide to landmarks in this area.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

One of the better known 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.

A second local attraction worth a visit 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 are only some of your options. To read our detailed page about natural attractions in and around the area, read this page.


Looking for a bit of action? Vacationers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action will discover plenty of places to do so in this area.

Atlantis World Casino has a restaurant, which provides added convenience before, during or after the gaming action. While Atlantis World may first appear more as a shopping mall than a casino, as you get closer to the game rooms the lights and sounds of the slot machines are unmistakable.

Paradise Plaza Casino, on the premises of Paradise Mall, is located within central Sint Maarten. Situated right near some of St. Maarten's most popular resort properties, Paradise Plaza Casino is always teeming with tourists trying to dance with Lady Luck. Modern slot machines and sports betting keeps everything exciting, making your night on the town one you won't soon forget.

Casino Royale offers a wide array of games for patrons to enjoy, 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, you can find plenty of additional choices too. Visit this extended discussion about gaming in Sint Maarten if you'd like to learn some more facts.

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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