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Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

1. Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Sint Maarten

Enjoy a perfect ending to a beautiful day in paradise on an evening cruise around the coastline of Sint Maarten. This coastal cruise on board the Lambada catamaran is truly spectacular and a tour that you will remember forever. Enjoy sightseeing as the Lambada sails from Pelican Marina on Simpson Bay up the coast to Long Bay, straight into the setting sun. Great music and an array of tasty snacks and drinks are provided for your enjoyment aboard the boat. Enjoy the spacious decks of the boat and relax on the nets set up on the front of the bow while the experienced crew provide excellent service and cater to your needs.

St. Martin Tango Dinner Cruise

2. St. Martin Tango Dinner Cruise

Ride along the waters of Simpson Bay on a 3-hour dinner cruise from St. Martin. At Pelican Marina, board Tango, a large, 63-foot catamaran, sister ship to Lambada. Then you will set sail on a Caribbean-style dinner cruise. Show up in informal dress and relax as Tango sets off. You will be served drinks and snacks and can enjoy a full open bar while sailing the coastline of the island. Just after sunset, the anchor is dropped and a buffet dinner is served on board the catamaran. Dine on a sumptuous choice of Creole chicken, succulent baby back ribs, salads, breads, rice and beans, and steamed veggies. Afterward, you will be treated to dessert. Then enjoy music and dancing until the evening comes to an end.

St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

3. St. Maarten Half-Day Tour of French & Dutch Sides

Enjoy a 4.5-hour circular tour of the French and Dutch sides of St. Maarten (St.Martin), and experience a true Caribbean welcome. You will drive northeast to Dawn Beach and Oyster Bay, crossing one of the symbolic borders before stopping at Corilita Natural Reserve for breathtaking views of the tropical wilderness. Continue to the viewpoint overlooking Orient Beach. Then, relax on one of the most serene beaches at Grand Case. Stroll along a pure white shore, or swim in the turquoise waters. Grand Case is the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, and you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine for lunch. Try some scrumptious Johnny Cake - a fried cornmeal pancake - or other traditional dishes. Now it’s time to shop in Marigot, the charming capital of St. Martin, where a lovely French atmosphere unfurls along colonial streets and the open-air bazaar. Next, explore the upscale area of Lowland, crossing another border back to the Dutch side to reach Maho Beach. Watch as the jumbo jets fly low over the sand to land at Princess Juliana International Airport. Your tour ends with a drive past Simpson Bay, stopping at Cole Bay Hill for one last picturesque view. If you wish, you can be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own, instead of returning to the port.

Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Cruise St. Martin

4. Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkel Cruise St. Martin

Sand Dollar is a great half day trip offering sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming. Captain Nevison Jr. is one of our most complimented staff members. The cruise takes guests through the lagoon, along our beautiful coastline and up to Creole Rock, off Grand Case. Creole Rock is a large rock formation with a reef extending out towards to the mainland, about a mile offshore. Waters are shallow and calm and provide excellent snorkeling. The boat picks up a mooring in a large sandy patch, in about 8' of water. A large cooler provides beers and sodas, and French baguette and Gouda cheese are served to hungry snorkelers. Guests should bring towels, hats and sun block, and have bathing suits on. Underwater cameras are sold in our boutique. Non swimmers are always welcome. The boat ride is enjoyable with great views of Anguilla from Creole Rock, and refreshments included on board. This trip is very popular in the afternoon at 2 pm for combo divers and snorkelers. Often a family member would like to accompany a diver and snorkel, Sand Dollar offers this opportunity. The site is a shallow one for divers, but the reef life is great with chances of seeing the rare frog fish, puffer fish, occasional barracuda and many different varieties of reef fish.

Simpson Bay: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar and Snacks

5. Simpson Bay: Sunset Cruise with Open Bar and Snacks

Set sail from Simpson Bay down St. Maarten’s scenic coast on this catamaran cruise. Relax on the front nets while enjoying an open bar and warm snacks served by the crew. Look towards the horizon as the sun sets. After boarding the 65-foot catamaran, simply sit back and relax as your experienced crew takes you on an unforgettable journey. Along with your snacks, choose from beers, rum punch, wines, Prosecco, and soft drinks at the open bar. As you cruise on the calm waters, look towards the horizon and you might catch the green flash during one of the amazing St. Maarten sunsets. 

St.Maarten No1Sxm Sunset Sailing Trimaran

6. St.Maarten No1Sxm Sunset Sailing Trimaran

At the meeting point, boarding for this sailing cruise, you will be met by Captain Pieter. With our dinghy you will be taken to the trimaran which is at anchor in Simpson Bay. After taking of your shoes you will be welcomed aboard and offered a drink. Find comfortable seating either in the cockpit or lounge on one of the 2 large trampolines. After hoisting the sails and leaving port we will sail along the south western coast of Sint Maarten & Saint Martin, of course depending on wind conditions. The entire time we will be under sail. The music on board is the wind in the sails and water against the hulls. During the one and half hour sailing experience we offer drinks and snacks. After the sailing cruise we will drop you back ashore with our dinghy.

Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear and Anguilla

7. Full-Day Catamaran Sail to Prickly Pear and Anguilla

Enhance your St. Maarten holiday with a full-day sail to the gorgeous and unspoiled islands of sun and sand – Anguilla and Prickly Pear. The Lambada has a 17-year history of party boat fun, family gatherings, and an outstanding crew, and is always a top-ranked excursion. Departing from Simpson Bay Resort, the Lambada sails up the west coast of St. Maarten, and from Plum Point across the channel, and to Prickly Pear Island for snorkeling. Non-swimmers can also enjoy the beach and shallow clear water! Roy's new Bayside Grill at Road Bay will be the lunch stop. Choose the BBQ chicken, fish, or ribs buffet, and then enjoy some free time beach combing, swimming, or relaxing in the sun. Road Bay Beach is long and has a number of small beach bars and guesthouses. Like all the beaches on Anguilla, the sand is white and the waters a breathtaking turquoise blue. During the nice leisurely sail back you’ll be treated to foot-tapping Caribbean rhythms and a tasty rum punch.

Discover Scuba Diving on St. Maarten

8. Discover Scuba Diving on St. Maarten

While vacationing in the sunny Caribbean, there is a quick and easy way to find out whether scuba is really something for you. It is called Discover Scuba Diving Instructors provide a briefing with a flip chart, then off to a coral reef for a shallow 30' dive. With the instructor's guidance, you can see the wonders of reef life and experience the tranquility of the underwater world. This course also makes for an excellent refresher for certified divers.

St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

9. St. Maarten: Private Customized Day Tour

For the ultimate St. Maarten sightseeing tour, book a private driver/guide and explore the Caribbean island to your own specifications. Create your own itinerary and indulge in all the unique attractions that the colorful destination has to offer. Coupled with shopping at boutique stores, stops at soft white sand beaches, and visits to historical landmarks, your driver/guide will share a wealth of local knowledge. Discover the best places to go swimming and snorkeling. Learn where you can fly over the jungle canopy on a zipline. Go to the beach at Maho to experience the unique drama of the planes coming into land. And try some authentic St. Maarten cuisine in Grand Case. Your personal guide will help you put together a must-see and must-do list of activities, to make sure you get to explore the island just the way you want to.

Edge Ferry Day-Trip to St Barts

10. Edge Ferry Day-Trip to St Barts

St Barts is aptly called "The Jewel of the Caribbean". Just 45 minutes from Pelican Marina with the "Edge" ferries. Depart at 9 am from Simpson bay marina to arrive in Gustavia Harbour, the hub of activity. Sidewalk cafes offer crepes and croissants for breakfast, car rentals meet the boat, the taxi stand is a few feet away, and boutiques are open for business. This exceptional island has white sandy beaches, good snorkeling, great restaurants and a unique shell museum. A day guaranteed to entertain with sights and delights. The taxi tours offer island sightseeing and a stop at St Jean Beach for shopping, beaching and lunch, and then return to Gustavia with a short time to spare for shopping before the ferry departs. Check in for the boat is at 3:45pm, for departure at 4pm. Arrival at Pelican at approximately 4:45pm. St. Barts also has some great scuba diving. Little pinnacles, reefs and wrecks are abundant with marine life and local dive shops are available. Dive trips can be arranged with St. Barts Plongee or Plongee Caraibes

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What people are saying about Sint Maarten

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 232 reviews

This was the BEST tour of St.Maarten EVER and we have been there 10 previous times. Sunita was truly amazing. We learned more than ever. Saw things we never saw. Learned things we never knew. Saw the iguanas, both sides of the island. Visited Orient Beach. Went to Maho Beach and watched planes land overhead. By far the absolute best tour ever. And it was just our party of 7 in a great new well maintained van. Would never visit St Maarten again without a Sunita tour !! Worth every penny and then some. Fabulous service. Awesome communication from the minute we booked. Just top notch from beginning to end!!!

What a fabulous evening in the Caribbean! The crew was amazing and dinner was very tasty! We made new friends & enjoyed dancing! I highly recommend this cruise!

The trip was outstanding throughout. Watching the sunset was amazing as we as the food buffet, the open bar and the music. Well worth the time and money!

Too much fun for a 90 minute cruise. The crew was over the top dedicated to everyone having a great time.

Beautiful sunset tour! Super organized. A highlight of our vacation.