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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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Experience the highlights of St Maarten on this 5-hour shore excursion leaving from the cruise port. Ride in an air-conditioned van to Maho Beach on the Dutch side of this Caribbean island and Lucas Bay on the French side. Learn about the culture and history of the island from your guide while enjoying complimentary beer, water and soda. Visit the villages of Grand Case and Marigot before being returned on-time for your cruise ship's departure.
  • A 5-hour guided tour through the Dutch and French parts of St Maarten
  • Cross over to the French side of the island and explore Lucas Bay
  • Watch jumbo jets land from Maho Beach
  • Receive free beer, water and soda during the entire tour
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at the cruise terminal
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Local guide
Rum punch, soda and water
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Departure Point

Saint Martin, 79 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Sint Maarten

Disembark, locate water taxi, DO NOT Board, but follow row of shops till end. At the round about follow pathway on left to EDC security station, bus parking facility. T.I.E reps will await you under the canopy. Call or WhatsApp immediately 1 721 580 7594 if any difficulties.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your local guide at the cruise port in Philipsburg and climb aboard your comfortable van for a half-day exploration of St Maarten. Along the way, enjoy complimentary beer, soda and water, and listen to your guide detail the rich culture and history of this divided Caribbean Island.

Visit Grand Case, an adorable village containing streets lined with colonial-style houses and shops. Stop at any of the fantastic restaurants in this food-centric town for lunch, or sidle up to a street vendor and purchase a Caribbean snack. Walk down to stunning Grand Case Beach to check out the sand and surf.

Visit Lucas Bay, a less-visited beach on the Atlantic side of the ocean. This beach, the last French beach on the East side of the island, is a popular site for amateur divers.

Continue to Marigot on the French side of this Caribbean island. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to walk the charming streets of the city, grabbing a drink or a croissant at one of the cafes. Visit the outdoor market to experience the abundance of produce and spices the island offers.

Stop at Maho Beach, famous for its location close to the flight path of aircraft taking off and landing at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. Hang out on the beach while jumbo jets roar directly overhead. 

When your 5-hour shore excursion is over, the tour guide will drop you off back at the cruise terminal in Philipsburg. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the cruise port. In the unlikely event that your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to your next port. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See Viator's terms and conditions for full details.
Pass By:  
Maho Beach
Get a very close-up view of jumbo jets as they land, others prefer being jet blasted, sunbathing, swimming or being a spectator while sipping a cock tail at the bar.
Stop At:  
Orient Bay
At Orient Bay sunbathe or swim to your delight. Restaurants & bars are available, items ordered are to be paid for by guests. Beach lounges/umbrella's, and water sports such as jetski, parasail, banana boat ride are available at additional cost
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Grand Case
Journey through time and see traditional st. Martin architecture. Wattle houses, traditional wooden houses, town houses in reinforced concrete. Buildings preserved by shop & gourmet restaurant owners as to protect architectural heritage.
Stop At:  
In Marigot find chic boutiques, metropolitan side walk cafes, creole restaurants, fresh juices, picturesque views of Marigot Bay from Fort Saint Louis
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cole Bay
breath taking views of Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighboring islands of Anguilla, Saba & St Eustatius atmospheric conditions permitting
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Twin Island Excursions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing.
What is the social distancing policy during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Punctual pick up, good beach afternoon seeing planes overhead at Maho beach" See review
  • "Families as well as solo guests would enjoy this tour!" See review
  • "Tour itself was excellent but started nearly an hour late waiting for customers from other ships Surprised how picturesque the island is and well worth exploring." See review


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Great way to learn about the island
, Oct 2020
This was a nice tour around the island and a great way to get familiar with the island. I was picked up on time by a comfortable tour bus. We drove around the entire island with stops at various lookup points, with stops on Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Fun way to see both the Dutch and French sides of the Island.
Good trip, great value
, Mar 2020
6 of us in total on this tour. Rick, our driver and guide, was very informative and had a good sense of humour, pointing out places of interest and explaining the history behind them as well as the history of the island. Marigot is picturesque along with a market to get souvenirs. Mayo Beach has to be experienced although very busy. A good trip and great value.
Orient Beach and Maho
, Mar 2020
Driver (Deuce) shared a lot of interesting information along the way. Van was comfortable and clean.
Mahoe beach and orient beach
, Feb 2020
The tours was amazing. Did not like the 45 minutes stop at flea market. Mahoe beach was pretty amazing
Harmony of the Seas Day 4 Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin?
, Feb 2020
I was able to call the tour provider, Twin Island Excursions, to advise of our arrival at St Maarten. They were aware of the Harmony arrival times and told us the tour will be waiting for us to arrive. We actually docked a bit early, and Tom and I sprinted off the ship to the meeting location. It is 86 dripping degrees, a slight drizzle just letting up as we ran down the gangway. We hurried up the pier, past the diamond and liquor shops out to the street. We were happy to see others waiting. We found our tour driver who introduced himself as Duce. After the running, we had to sit down and wait for the slower cruisers. Sometimes life is like that, hurry up-then wait! Walking around the puddles, trying not to start the day with wet sand in my shoes, we boarded the van. We drive through Phillipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of the island. I’m not impressed, it doesn’t present itself as somewhere I’d like to return to. The city is dirty, messy, hot & humid, and this is January. Our first stop is the Oyster Bay Resort, a beautiful turquoise painted resort around what use to be a bay full of oysters. Today, it’s a bay of abandon boats. Duce tells us that when hurricane Irma did a dead-on hit of the island, so many boats, homes and resorts were damaged. When the owners of the boats collected on their insurance, they just left the boats were they were on moved on. I’m thinking they should at least sink the boats — it could eventually become a good snorkel spot? As we cross into the French side of the Island, Duce explains a bit of the history of the island, and how the Dutch and French decided to share the island rather than fight about it. Today, there are two of everything here, school systems, utilities, housing systems, languages, even two different names for the island. Persons born and living on the Dutch side (Sint Maarten) carry Netherlands Antilles passports, while the French side (Saint-Martin), issues French passports and conducts its business in a more European manner. We are stopping at Orient Beach, where it’s raining as we arrive. There are a few nudist resorts here, and part of the beach is clothing optional. Tom and I head for a cafe, he for a cup of hot tea and a flute of Prosecco for me. Soon the sun is shining and we head to the beach for some photos. Duce has a cooler of soda, beer, and homemade rum punch he calls “Duce Juice’. He makes it the same way I do, mango, pineapple, passion fruit and lots of rum. Next, we head to Marigot, still on the French side. Here, we walk around a flea market as I’m looking for a pharmacy. Tom is getting sicker, and I’m out of Mucinex. He stubbornly says “I’m not going in”… I head up to the pharmacy counter. The very handsome french pharmacist asks about his symptoms and gives me a box of liquid packets. I’d like to have spent more time with him, just looking into his blue eyes made me think he could cure Tom’s cold! Back on the van, more rum punch, and we’re off to the Dutch side again. We passed Princess Juliana International Airport and arrive at Maho Beach. This is why I booked this excursion. The airport has one of the shortest runways in the Caribbean. The airplanes make their approach directly above the beach. The planes are so low, I think you could wave to the pilot. There are many great videos of aircraft landings on youtube. My friends Karen and Donny were here recently and got a great video…I’m going to try to do the same. American Airlines Aircraft landing over Maho Beach The beach isn’t very wide, and today it’s completely full. (There are 6 cruise ships docked in St. Maarten today.) We find a spot on the sand, and I lay on my back trying to film the incoming planes. I was a little too close to the water, however, and got completely drenched by an incoming wave. Drenched, full of sand, I was laughing as Tom helped me back up. Working hard to get some videos (moments before I got soaked) More rum punch and we were back on our way through Simpson Bay. This area I’d return to, the beach, the hotels, and many restaurants offer lots to do. Just taking a walk to look at the incredible yachts docked here would be fun. Simpson Bay use to be the capital of the Dutch side, but since it tends to flood, business was moved to Phillipsburg. My impression of the island overall is better now that I’ve seen it all. I understand that a lot of the mess I see was caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017. So many derelict boats just floating in the water? Houses just abandoned? I guess it’s the American in me that expects this should be at least in the process of being cleaned up – but I don’t see any work being done. The only construction I see on the island is the resort hotel being built next to the Casino on Maho Beach. For photos and video go to
St Martin Guided Tour
, Feb 2020
Tour itself was excellent but started nearly an hour late waiting for customers from other ships Surprised how picturesque the island is and well worth exploring. Maho beach is a manic place but worth experiencing. The French capital Marigot is very impressive
Beach tour st maarten
, Jan 2020
Very good tour, good tour guide -Douce, nice clean van. Punctual pick up, good beach afternoon seeing planes overhead at Maho beach
Tour left before I arrived
, Dec 2019
My scheduled tour was set to depart at 10AM, however my cruise arrived at 10AM. I was told via email they would wait for me to disembark. When we arrived there, I was told they left about 1 hour prior. They did send another driver, however, we missed out on a lot because of the time lost. Additionally, when we met up with the original driver, he was unknowledgeable about any of St. Maarten's history. I had 6 port stops on this cruise, and this was by far the worst of the tours we took. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because they sent another driver (although they blamed me for being late- which was not the case). That first driver was pleasant and very knowledgeable but we weren't with him for long.
Cluve Bass (T-38)
, Dec 2019
Clive Bass was the worst guide ever. We didn't get any history of the island. He would to top a house and say "this is a nice house", "thus is a funeral home", "this is horses next to water". Just no perzonality
Great Day In St Maartem
, Nov 2019
Had a wonderful Tour Guide and great stops on this tour. We had a good but slightly expensive meal at the Rainbow restaurant with fantastic views. Got to Maho beach just in time to see 5 big planes land. Thank you for a great day.

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