St. Maarten Best Island Tour

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From $60.00

222 reviews   (4.74)

Price varies by group size

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Departs: St. Martin , St. Martin

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Sights, Monuments, Forts, Museums, Shopping, Beaches, Art, Culture and History. A complete tour around the island with breath-taking sights and wonderful stops. Panoramic views and a professional narration of the island’s complete history. Browse the capital of both sides of the island and be around the locals to see how they live and what they eat then hike our biggest Fort or just walk around and take pictures of some of our monuments. Spend time at the two most popular beaches on the island, explore our duty free, and tax-free shopping which is great for jewelry, alcohol, real Cuban cigars, local handy craft, souvenirs, rum, spices, etc. There are 6 stops on this tour plus bonus stops to sample free cheese and Rhum, all stops are 25mins apart. This tour will give you unforgettable memories of St. Maarten. Sip on some free beverages from our cooler and relax with your camera in hand. This will truly be a day in paradise, book this tour now and see you soon.

What's Included

6 stops in 5hrs of fun fun and more fun (Sights, Forts, Beaches, Museums and Shopping)

A cooler with ice cold drinks (water,sodas,beer and rum punch), all free just for you.

A fully air-conditioned vehicle

A professional tour guide to narrate the tour

What's Not Included

The tour does not include food, beach chairs or umbrellas.You can purchase and rent at the beach bar

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 13
  • YOUTH: Age: 14 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 100

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Cole Bay
The number one photo stop on the Dutch side, "The Harold Jack look out point" on Cole Bay hill. Breathe taking sights and panoramic views at the top of the hill. Take pictures and selfies with an amazing background of the Simpson bay lagoon and other surrounding islands.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Topper's Rhum Distillery Tours
get to sample Rhum , a chance to buy ice cream and hear the history behind the rhum

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Topper's Rhum Distillery
get to sample Rhum , a chance to buy ice cream and hear the history behind the rhum

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Maho Beach
This is the main attraction of the island, you may have seen it on the news channels and internet media now you can live it live. Be entertained at the most talked about beach in the world, “Maho beach”. Watch the planes land and take off while you sip on some rum punch or any other free beverage that you can choose from in our cooler. Browse the Maho village and take some more pictures so when you plan your vacation, you might want to stay in this area.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

WEE WEE, welcome to the capital of the French side, "Marigot" at this stop you will get to experience our duty free and tax free luxury while you shop for gifts, souvenirs, alcohol, organic coconuts, real Cuban cigars and try some of our local food and exquisite French bakeries that would have your mouth running water. After all that you can walk it off and choose to hike the 100 steps to our biggest fort then come back down and visit the French museum.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Orient Bay Beach
Beach time is the best time, Hoorayyyyyyyy. Feel the powder white sand under your feet as your explore this unique beach. Orient beach is most popular for having two sections at the beach, a nude section and a clothing section. We will bring you to the clothing section and for those who want to take a peak on the other side be prepare, you might not like what you see. On the entire beach there will be Beach bars, fine restaurants with beach chairs & umbrellas. You can choose to swim, rent jet skis, fly board, parasailing, snorkeling or any other water sport. Rest rooms, changing rooms, fresh water wash area will be available at most of the beach bars and restaurants.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Orient Bay
Get your cameras ready, "Paradise View" look out point. From the top of this hill you will be in awe with the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean as the waves form in order to create Orient beach. Take pictures of St. Barths in your background and soak in this moment as it would be one to remember.

• Admission Ticket Free

Let’s scream “Goedenmiddag” which means good day in Dutch as we cross the border and come back on the Dutch side. We will drive slowly across the border so we can take pictures of the flags and the border monument while the tour guide explains you about the date of the treaty that you will see there. We will now head on back to the cruise facility or you can choose to get drop off in down town Philipsburg so you can continue your shopping spree, for what you didn’t find in Marigot you will surely get here. Down town Philipsburg is the eye candy for shoppers, nowhere in the world will you find two back to back streets (Front Street and Back street) with a variety of fine jewelry with the best prices you won’t get anywhere else. You can also visit the Dutch side museum and another beach which is parallel of the shopping area or visit the home of our national liqueur, The Guava berry Emporium. Go inside and sample some flavors and see how we make our local Rum. If you choose to get drop off, you will have three ways on how to get back to the ship. A regular taxi, a water taxi or a 30 minute walk. Those who wants to go back to the ship please remain on the bus and the driver will bring you back to where the tour started at the cruise facility.

• Admission Ticket Free

Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store
Sample free cheese and a chance to buy local and international alcohol, gifts and souvenirs

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Love this beautiful island
Iyab2391, 24-09-2022
The unique nature of a shared island absolutely warrants an island tour. Celeste did not dissapoint with her knowledge, hospitality and personality! The island is stunningly beautiful and I could imagine how much more beauty is revealed when skies are clear and sunny (we had a cloudy day sadly)! Give Thanks for the experience!
Best time/best tour
E4905DVrobertf, 23-09-2022
I appreciated that you were able to accommodate our need to change times. Due to the change we were the only ones on the tour. Tony was very knowledgeable about both sides of the island. He was also very friendly . He let us spend time where we wanted to spend time. I highly recommend this company and especially Tony .
Amazing tour
crystalizers, 26-09-2022
Such an incredible experience. Well worth it and would definitely recommend. In just a few hours we were able to tour both the Dutch side of the island and the French side. At each stop there was something cool to see or do and by far the tour was the best part of our trip! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, kind and funny and made the entire experience all the more memorable. Will definitely be back!
Highly recommend
Ally_P, 21-09-2022
I highly recommend this tour!!! I loved every single bit of it. I got the chance to see the whole of Sint Maarten and do a lot more! Enjoyed it a lot
A Great Way To See The Whole Island!
amplifide, 21-09-2022
Loved the tour. Our guide was super nice, very informative, and experienced. It was a great selection of stops for a short time on the island.
Marvelous Monday with Celeste
sheart61, 04-10-2022
Our tour started with a pickup from Celeste. We were pleasantly surprised, because we thought it would be a bus full of other guest. Just us! Even tho the tour had outlined stops, Celeste personalized the tour for us. She pulled over at some places that we wanted to see. She answered all of our questions about the Dutch and French side as well as questions we asked about the school systems, churches, traffic etc. Celeste was so friendly and knowledgeable. We highly recommend Presidential tours(Celeste). We learned so much about St Maarten from someone who truly loves her island and her job! Thanks Celeste for a wonderful Monday spent with us on St Maarten.
Island Tour with a Twist
Claudia_H, 11-10-2022
This was our second time in St. Maarten, however, the tour provided by Serge(spelling?) with Presidential Tours was awesome!!! Serge was welcoming, informative, engaging and really took care of our group. We were provided with an orange/red carpet welcome and offered water, soda and of course rum punch, which was absolutely delicious!! I loved that we were able to see more sites on the French side because we didn't have that opportunity before. Overall this tour was definitely the “BEST ISLAND TOUR” experience that we had on this cruise, thanks to Serge!!!
Great tour with good company
Mario_G, 06-10-2022
We had a great time, drinks are included (water, beer, rum punch), Terry our guide was great. We will definitely recommend.
Great tour at a reasonable price.
L S, 10-10-2022
All I was thinking about was taking photos at Maho beach but this tour provided so much more with several beach, food, rum factory, and other scenic stops. I’ll start and finish with our awesome guide/driver Terry who was knowledgeable on the history of the island and quite humorous. He provided us ample time at each stop to take photos, rest, relax or swim at the beach, and eat. Included drinks were a surprise bonus. Big thank you Terry for stopping in the middle of the road to be sure we got the commercial flyover everyone was hoping to capture. I’m sorry I missed the rum punch but I’ll be sure to get it next time.
Comprehensive Island Tour
Kyredbbn, 07-10-2022
Celeste was sssooo fun! She felt like family by the time the tour was over! She went out of her way to tailor the tour to our interests!
Best Island Tour of St Maarten/St. Martin
Abdallah_M, 13-10-2022
The Best. On time, Very Professional. Celeste was my driver. Knew the whole island extremely well. Got to see attractions from both countries. Got to see, fishes, turtles, iguanas and even a monkey. Visited both capital cities and able to shop. Visited so many beaches. She was knowledgeable of the history and culture. The best 5 hour tour you can have. Recommending this company to my coworkers, friends and family when they visit.
Best Island Tour
amuhammadnyc, 13-10-2022
Excellent tour of Sint Maarten and St. Martin. Celeste was my driver and she was on time, very professional, great knowledge of both countries, safe driver, knew everywhere to take you. Visited the two capitals, many attractions and plenty of beaches. Many places to shop and food places. 5 great hours of exploring the island and even seen the plane landing in Maho. Recommend this company and Celeste for your island tour.
Great visit!
AdrianaGArce, 03-12-2022
Great opportunity for a complete overview of the island.
Our tour guide was very friendly and kind, and it was great that he speaks English and Spanish
Simply the BEST!
Ruth_F, 29-11-2022
The tour was the best way to truly see the wonderful island. From visiting the beaches, feeding the iguanas, tasting various cheeses and rum were great. The best part was our knowledgeable guide, Serg! He was absolutely phenomenal! Thanks also to Ricardo for the tasty rum punch!
Great tour
brigittesamson, 12-12-2022
Céleste was a great guide. We end up to have a private tour! She even spoke French. Perfect island tour! We strongly recommend!
Exactly what our group needed for an island tour!
795CH, 11-12-2022
Overall, a great experience for what it was - a private driving tour of the island. I’m not sure the tour guide was quite the historian advertised but he did a great job explaining basic history and the neat cultural nuances between the French and Dutch sides of the island. We had two small kids with us as well as a mobility impaired grandparent and the tour guide was accommodating and helped us gauge how feasible each stop was for us. I wouldn’t need to do the tour again but as an area familiarization early in your trip, I highly recommend it. I actually identified a part of the island for a dinner date with my husband I would never have done/seen had it not been for the tour so that’s an example of the value of doing the tour earlier in your trip.
Anniversary 32♥️
Kenneth_E, 11-12-2022
Scenery, stops along the way.
Van was clean, driver Rick very
courteous. Weather was beautiful
Great value for the price
Very Nice Day
Don_R, 10-12-2022
We had a great time on our tour. Rick was our guide. He was awesome. He was very informative. He gave us plenty of time at our stops. Cold drinks were provided. I would highly recommend this tour.
Tony was Great!
Destination46627, 10-12-2022
Tony was great!! He gave us the history of the island. Took us to Orient Bay, Philipsburg are the highlights. Thanks for the tour.
The best tour company on St. Maarten
seekeroft2022, 15-12-2022
Rick is simple the best. the red carpet the flower necklaces. St. Maarten Presidential Tours has outdone the competition. i never experienced anything like this before. great service from start to finish. ooowee the free drinks onboard and the rum punch with their logo. oooh baby these guys are the best tour guides, best island tour operator. 5 stars
A nice island tour with a lot of info
dianamG2083TL, 16-10-2022
We had Frederic for our guide and he did a great job with what we did. I would have preferred to stop a bit more. We didn't do the French Bakery, Rum distillery or Cheese shop like a lot of the reviews mentioned. We did see a lot of the island and got a lot of history and information about what is going on there. We stopped to feed iguanas, had 90 min at orient Bay, drove thru Grand Case, stopped in Marigot with shopping on our own for less than an hour. Next was Maho Bay for 75-90 mins. We saw a couple of smaller airplanes. The beach was at high tide it was really small and steep and crowded but I was still glad to see something I heard a lot about. After that he drove back to the ship. We left about 930 and got back about 345 to get back on the ship. We were supplied with water, sodas, rum punch and beer to drink. I enjoyed chatting with Frederick and he had a very upbeat personality.
Exploring Sint Maarten
Daryl_W, 03-12-2022
Tony did a great job, showing us all the sites and describing the history of the island. Even despite some rain we had a great time.
Nice way to see both the Dutch and French side!
gallaghertrish, 02-12-2022
Nice way to see some highlights of the island. Time at orient beach was great but wish it had of been longer and maybe lunch there rather than the capital area. Well worth the $ compared with other tours. We had 12 in our group so not a bad size.
A comfy tour with a friendly, informative guide....well worth the time.
Curtis_S, 01-12-2022
We took this excursion while cruising through the Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean. As with most of the shore excursions on this cruise, it took a little work to find the excursion departure point. But once we found it everything went smoothly. Our tour guide was Freddy, and he piloted a (somewhat cramped) 20-seat bus, that did have decent A/C (and a fully-stocked cooler up front). Freddy was a wealth of information regarding both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The tour was 3-4h long, and took us along the coast, over the mountains, and around the entire mountain. We hit the major tour stops (Orient Beach, Maho Beach) and Freddy provided plenty of color commentary along the way. The beach stops were extended (and hour at Orient and 45 min at Maho). This was a much better tour than a couple others we took on the cruise. Recommended
Good tour for the price
Annette B, 14-12-2022
Good tour. I agree with other reviews about unclear instructions or a clear map for correct pick up location. Frustration at the beginning of the tour is not ideal. Appreciated the many refreshments offered.