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Favorite Things to Do in St. Maarten

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Posted on September 08, 2022

A tropical paradise in the Caribbean Sea is an island actually divided into two countries. St Maarten is the Dutch side on the southern side of the island. Saint-Martin is the French side on the northern side. All around the island are gorgeous beaches, and there are many luxury resorts where you can enjoy the amenities and services for an affordable price if you own St. Maarten timeshares.

Here are a few of the most popular things to do in St. Maarten, on the Dutch side, and some on the French side too.

Up for an Active Adventure?

Ziplining is popular around the world, and St. Maarten claims to boast the world’s steepest zipline. Called The Flying Dutchman, the thrill and adrenaline rush peaks at 56 miles per hour in a single drop as the 2,800-foot cable drops more than 1,000 feet. The ride is fast at 45 seconds, but it gives you time to take in the sweeping views.

It is located in Rockland Estates at Rainforest Adventures Park. The park also has a canopy tour, an innertube track, and an excellent restaurant. This is considered by many visitors to be one of the top things to do in St. Maarten.

Top Beaches on the Dutch Side of St. Maarten

Simpson Bay

The Dutch side of St. Maarten has several beautiful beaches that draw visitors from around the world to bask in the legendary Caribbean sunshine. Simpson Bay and Little Bay are two of the most popular, especially for St. Maarten timeshare owners since some of the best resorts are located off their beaches.

Simpson Bay features spots such as Simpson Bay Beach, the longest beach on the island, which stretches along most of the bay, but the nooks like Kim Sha Beach and Pelican Key Beach are wonderful as well. There are great restaurants and watering holes all across the coastline, and the sailing and watersports are terrific.

Little Bay Beach is the closest of the main beaches to the capital city of Philipsburg – about a 10 minute walk – and has some of the best motorized watersports on the island. Dotted with shops and restaurants, you can even take a brewery tour or explore nearby Fort Amsterdam – standing sentry since 1631.

Maho Beach offers the requisite white sand and crystal blue water but it also has an unusual attraction. The Princess Juliana International Airport is nearby with a short runway and huge passenger jets drop very low over the beach when they come in for a landing.

plane landing over beach

The Sunset Beach Bar has been right on the beach since 1942 and offers a perfect view of the incoming planes. It even has a flight schedule. If you prefer, go and stand with the people on the beach and watch the plane fly right over your head.

There are many places to swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean, but in St. Maarten, the preferred place by locals and tourists alike is Mullet Bay. You will find private coves, soft sand, and gorgeous scenery. An 18-hole golf course borders the bay as well as several palm tree groves.

Rum and the Guavaberry

St Maarten is famous for its many flavors of rum. You will find tasting places where you can sample the delicious variety and buy the ones you like the most. The best place is at the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street. Samples of the famous Guavaberry Liquor is also available blended with cane sugar, guava berries that are native to the island as well as rum.

Unique Shopping Opportunities

While shopping is not unique anywhere in the world, some of the items you can buy in St. Maarten are unique. Jewelry is cheaper because there is no sales tax and the items are duty-free. You can expect to pay up to 25% less on beautifully crafted jewelry and gems. Other items to look for on Front Street are:

• Dutch porcelain

• Guava berry products

• Designer clothing and shoes

• Hot sauces

• Cosmetics and perfume

• Linens

Simply Unwind

Strolling along the boardwalk in Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten, is a great way to unwind and tap into the local culture. You will have spectacular views of the Great Bay and the Salt Pond. There are plenty of quaint shops, and places to swim, relax and eat. St. Maarten timeshares give you access to all this and more - with activities on either side of the island.

Great Bay Beach, St Maarten

Sailing is a popular activity throughout the Caribbean and St. Maarten is no different. One of the top things to do in St. Maarten is a sunset cruise with cocktails. You and your partner can embark at Philipsburg on one of the many boats and enjoy time alone, or you can join one of the arranged parties that float dreamily in the light of the setting sun, and on into the night.

Shipowners at the marina also offer sailing around the smaller islands that surround St. Maarten. This gives you the chance to see untouched islands and even visit a private cove.

The French Side

One of the best luxury experiences on the island is on the French side. Loterie Farm is far from a farm, and considered more of a nature reserve, but has more than your standard walking trails. With private huts and tree houses, a cascading swimming pool surrounded by cabanas and day beds. It is like a club where you can meet new friends.

cabanas at Loterie Farm

The delicious cocktails are served throughout the park. If you are interested, you can join the adventure activities such as ziplining over the canopy or enjoy the hiking trails that meander through the lush greenery of the 100-acre park.

The Canopy tour inside the park has a Fly Zone Extreme Canopy Tour that takes you through the treetops on your own. You will spend your time in the tree tops and you need not worry about environmental impact. The tour has minimal impact on biodiversity. All of this is located in the middle of the island at its highest point.

Away From the Beach

An important historical building on the island is Fort Louis in the capital city of St. Martin, Marigot. Built high above the city in 1776, you can meander through it for free, and get great views.

The French side also has perfumeries where you can learn about how to combine fragrances. Owners regularly gives a class about scents and how to choose your base scent, and then create your perfume. You won’t believe how many essential oils are there.

Water Sports