Paddle Boarding in St Maarten

St Maarten is the Best Caribbean island not only for its charming people but also by what it offers! Numerous beaches and plenty of things to do in St Maarten are the winning cocktail of a Great Time for your Vacation !

To discover St Martin and all its beauty you can rent an atv quad, a jeep, take a boat tour, drive a small boat or you can decide to rent a paddle board to fully enjoy the nature and do some exercise !
St Maarten offers 37 beaches which means it is as much places to launch your paddle board with some spot being more difficult than others! But what about the paddle board?!! Well unless your brought your own inflatable paddle board (Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?) there is only one place to rent a paddleboard in St Maarten : Caribbean Paddling. And their location is near a perfect spot for paddle boarding : Pinel island.

So renting a Paddle Board is the best way to discover the coastline especially around Pinel island! And the good news is that everyone can paddle board, it’s the perfect family sport as growing kids, adults and even elderly people can enjoy the sup board.
If you know how to work on your body balance, you will end up being a complete paddle boarder within a few minutes on the board! You will love it so much that you won’t be able to stop gliding across the calm bay of the island!

Nature lover, you won’t be disappointed neither !! Stand up paddle board makes you discover the ocean, giving you unbeatable points of view. Cruising on a stand up paddle board to Pinel Island provides a higher outlook, increasing the visibility of what is going on around you: landscapes, underwater life… There is no better way to experience marine environments!

Where to paddle board ?
Located at the very North of the French side of St Martin, about less than a kilometer away from the coast, Pinel is a separate island from St Maarten; with Little Key island, it creates a very calm bay where it’s pure bliss to paddle. Basically, the profile of Cul de Sac bay is very similar to a lake with this “islands district” that are well positioned on the Caribbean Sea. Thank you Mother Nature!

And its special location makes it THE top spot for paddle boarding in St Maarten, accessible for everybody and in many different ways!

Caribbean Paddling rental shop is located in Cul-de-Sac, next to the ferry terminal. They have great and stable paddle boards available everyday. Once you will get to their shop, they will provide all the equipment you need (dry bags, paddles and the sup board of course), as well as giving you all the recommendations in terms of what to do during your day, where to go…

And after a day a paddle boarding you will be conquered !! So in order to be able to paddle board at home you can buy your own inflatable paddle board HERE (and get a 15% discount with the coupon : sxmpaddle).

 

St Maarten Airport Maho Beach tour

Maho Beach is a Worldwide Famous beach thanks to its unique position next to St Maarten airport. So while you relax on bthe beach, swim the turquoise water you can experience the planes landing above your head ! A Truly unique experience. You can also have a breath taking relaxing day at one of the 2 Bars located at Maho Beach : the Sunset Beach Bar & the Driftwood where you can eat, enjoy some nice and fresh drinks while listening some good music. The tour to St Maarten airport beach will begin directly from the Cruise terminal in Philipsburg St. Maarten. Then you will drive through Philipsburg, then Cay Hill, Cole Bay, Simpson Bay and Maho Beach St Maarten. Once you arrived at Maho aka Airport Beach you will enjoy your time sunbathing, swimming or having a good time at one of the 2 beach bars. And you will see the plane landing over beach over your head at Maho. Or you will experience the jet blast o the planes that take off from St Maarten airport beach (be very cautious with the jet blast because there are many injuries every weeks). And after that you will driven back to St Maarten cruise port in Philipsburg.            
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St Maarten Boat tour and Snorkeling

Exploring St Maarten island through a 6 hours boat tour is always amazing ! Especially when you can also do some snorkeling in St Maarten ! This St Maarten boat tour will start at the Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf (10 minutes walk from the cruise ship terminal or 5 minutes from Front street in Philipsburg). Once aboard the speedboat your Captain will leave the harbor direction Simpson Bay Bridge and the Lagoon. Simpson Bay harbor some of the Biggest Luxury Yacht of the world. After that direction the Marina Royale in Marigot where you will see the French inspired cafe restaurant and you will see the Fort Louis overlooking Marigot Bay. Then you will cruise over to Friars Bay St Martin where the beach hosted many of the island’s legendarily hedonistic Full Moon parties. Then stop at Happy Bay Beach. After that the captain will pull up at Tintamarre island, an uninhabited island favored by the local sea turtles and part of the French Natural Reserve. At Tintamarre you will be able to jump into the warm  and calm waters to swim with the sea turtles. After this bath it will be time for lunch at the yellow beach Pinel island. The Yellow Beach is a restaurant located on Pinel island that stand by the beach and the sea,. You will LOVE it !! After an hour for lunch at Pinel island you will take direction Creole Rock, one of the Best spot for snorkeling in St Maarten (all the snorkeling gear will be provided). Then take off to continue your St Maarten excursion around the island, viewing the mansions of Low lands or “Terre Basse” in French. You will see also the red rock cliffs on the Red Bay Beach. Then the last stop will be at Maho Beach. Maho aka Airport Beach because the planes land just next to the beach at St Maarten airport. And after that it will be time to go back to Philipsburg St. Maarten at the Chesterfiel dock. Included : – Marine park fees – Use of snorkel equipment – Lunch – Unlimited beer, soda and water
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St Martin & St Maarten Sightseeing Tour of the island

Discovering the French and Dutch sides of St Martin St Maarten island during a 4-5 hours guided sightseeing tour. You will enjoy the sun, the sea, the nicest views of St Maarten and learn the history of the island (both sides) thanks to your Professional Guide.   For this tour you can be picked up at your hotel or at the terminal’s cruise port of St Maarten in Philipsburg. After pickup you will discover the geography of the island and learn how the Dutch and French settled in the island in the 17th century and then joined forces against the Spanish conquistadors. And you will also learn how this Caribbean island has been divided between the French and the Netherlands Kingdom (Dutch side) . The French side is usually referred as “St Martin” and the Dutch side as “St Maarten” and the locals of both sides called themselves “SXM” in reference of the Airport code (Princess Juliana International Airport). During this complete tour of the island you will stop at Grand Case Beach, a gorgeous stretch of white sand on St Martin coastline. You will be able if you want take a swim in the turquoise water of Grand Case before walking by the calm street. Grand Case used to be a fishermen town and it’s reflected in the colonial architecture. Grand Case used to have a big salt pond too. In Grand Case St Martin you will try some of rum punch or purchase a lunch of Johnny Cakes or chicken legs some local food specialties. After that direction the capital of the French side, Marigot Saint Martin. You will stroll the streets lined with original colonial buildings and make some duty free St Maarten shopping at the shops or the open bazaar of Marigot.   After this, direction Maho Beach which will be your last stop on this St Maarten island tour. Maho beach is worldwide Famous due to its proximity with St Maarten airport. That’s it’s also called Airport Beach ! There you will watch jumbo jets taking off and planes landing above your head at St Maarten airport. Then drive through beautiful Simpson Bay on the way back to your hotel in Philipsburg for drop off after your international 4.5 hour sightseeing tour of St Martin St Maarten island. Included : – Professional guide – Beverage (water, soda, beer, guavaberry rum punch) – Hotel or port pickup and drop off
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St Maarten ATV Quad Tour Adventure

 Visiting and discovering St Maarten most popular beaches on the back of a Quad or ATV is a half day adventure! This island tour leave from Phillipsburg St. Maarten (capital of the Dutch side of the island). You will be able to discover Orient Beach, Grand Case, Marigot St Martin and Maho Beach St Maarten. You will ride both sides of the island : St Martin the French side and St Maarten the Dutch side! The lunch (included) will be held in Marigot St Martin and bottled water as well as an helmet will be provided. The half day ATV Quad tour will leave from the St Maarten cruise port. Then you will hit the road direction Oyster Pond. From there Orient Beach St Maarten will be in sight and it will mark your first stop. Then you will go toward the Caribbean culinary capital : Grand Case St Martin on the French side. Then direction the Capital of St Martin : Marigot (French side). Coming next is the World FAMOUS  MAHO Beach aka Airport Beach ! This St Maarten beach is where the planes land just above your head! Or they take off ! Just be cautious because the jet blast from the planes taking off is very dangerous. After that it will be time to go back to Philipsburg through Simpson Bay St Maarten and Cole Bay and Cay hill. You will have also plenty opportunities to take great pictures.            
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Self Drive Boat Tour and Snorkeling

Discover the beauty of St Maarten island by driving your own boat ! It’s a Unique alternative to the typical St Maarten sightseeing tour. A Professional guide will accompany you on your boat trip discovering the amazing beaches from Simpson Bay lagoon to Creole Rock next to Grand Case St Martin. By Simpson Bay Lagoon you will admire the beautiful Luxury Yacht that will make your self driving boat really really tiny !!Then direction the French side of St Maarten island by going through Simpson Bay bridge direction Marigot St Martin and the open sea. After going by Marigot Bay you will discover the tiniest beach of St Maarten : Lover’s Beach. Then Friars Bay St Martin and Happy Bay Beach which are quite famous for its nigh parties ! At Creole rock you will have the possibility to do some St Maarten snorkeling and swim among the sea turtles and the exotic fishes. The snorkeling gear and equipment will be provided as well as all security equipment required. Creole Rock is part of a protected Reserve so the Marine life is amazing !        
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St Maarten cruise excursions : Boat tour and Snorkeling

Discovering St Maarten through this Boat tour is a magical experience that you will never forget. From Philipsburg (5 minutes walk from the port of St Maarten where cruise ships arrive) you will experience a boat tour around St Maarten island. Here it is what you can expect to experience through this St Maarten boat tour. – Discovering Simpson Bay Lagoon with all the Luxury Yacht on display. – Marina Royale in Marigot with all the cafe and restaurant. View of the Fort Louis that was built to protect Marigot St Martin. – Friars Bay St Martin where the beach host many parties and legendary parties (the Captain will tell you stories if you ask him). – Happy Bay St Martin is a remote anse with a nice beach next to Friars Bay and on your way to Tintamarre. – Tintamarre island is a Natural reserve inhabited where the nature is well preserved. You will be able to swim and snorkeling St Maarten turquoise water among the sea turtles. – Continue to Pinel Island where the beach host a nice restaurant called the Yellow Beach. There you will enjoy your lunch by the beautiful water, having a drink in the water and appreciating the view of St Martin. – After lunch direction Creole Rock one of the best spot for snorkeling in St Maarten by Grand Case Bay. – Then on your way back you will see AMAZING Villas at the Lows lands or “Terres Basse” going by Red Bay Beach, Plum Bay Beach (where the villa of Donald Trump is located). And then Long Bay Beach where the Luxury resort hotel of La Samanna is located. – After that Maho Beach will be waiting for you ! Maho Beach is famous due to its airport and you can see the planes landing above your head : IMPRESSIVE !! After that it will be time to take the direction of the St Maarten cruise port in Philipsburg. Included : – Marine park fees – Use of snorkel equipment – Lunch – Unlimited beer, soda and water on board This St Maarten cruise excursions is one of the most complete boat tour and allow to view the Best places all around St Martin in less than 6 hours and in a small group of people.
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St Maarten Excursions tour to Orient Beach and Maho Beach

Orient Beach and Maho Beach are the 2 most famous beaches of St Maarten. Both beaches offer a truly unique experience that you won’t forget. At Orient Beach you will have the choice between swim, lounge or water sports activities such as jet ski, parasail, paddle board, flyboard and much more. And after these activities or rest you will be be able to grab a snack at one of the bars restaurants.  
After that direction Maho Beach one of the MOST Famous beach in the world thanks to St Maarten airport. Indeed you will the planes landing above your head or take off (be cautious of the jet blast). A Professional guide, complimentary drinks and round trip transportation from the cruise ship in Philipsburg are included. About the tour : Duration : between 4 and 5 hours, You will explore both sides of the island of St Maarten St Martin, You will will be able to sunbathe and/or swim, jet ski, parasail, flyboard  at Orient Beach (2 hours), You will have the opportunity to see the Planes landing or taking off at Maho Beach aka Airport Beach (2 hours). ALSO are included in the tour : – Professional guide – Beverages (water, soda, beer, Rum punch) – Port pickup and drop-off
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St Maarten Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

Explore St Maarten island with a Professional Guide that will drive you around the different towns, sunny beaches and local food restaurants of St Martin. Get to know St Martin with its French side and St Maarten the Dutch side ! Learn about the European cultural flavor and the colonial past of this tiny Caribbean island. About this St Maarten Excursion tour : You will meet your Professional local guide after your cruise ship docks in Philipsburg the Port of St Maarten. St Martin St Maarten is a small Caribbean island (37 square miles) shared by the French and the Netherlands Kingdom. The tour of St Maarten island will start by you heading to Grand Case Beach. Grand Case is the Culinary Capital of the island and maybe of the entire Caribbean ! You will have the opportunity to walk by the beach that is one of the most beautiful of the island. Then you will be able to sample a Johnny Cake, a fried cornmeal pancake that’s a local specialty (at your own expense) or sip some Local Rhum punch made from the island’s berries (1 drink is included in the excursion tour). After that you will take the road toward the capital of St Martin : Marigot and discover the market. After that, direction one of the most Famous beach in the world! MAHO BEACH aka Airport Beach !! Maho Beach St Maarten is famous due to its proximity to St Maarten airport (Princess Juliana International Airport). There you will be able to taste the turquoise water and feel the planes landing above your head !   Then it will be time to go back to your Cruise ship by driving through Simpson Bay St Maarten. If you prefer to be dropped off in Philipsburg St. Maarten (10 minutes walk from your cruise ship) you just have to ask your guide. In Philipsburg you will have the opportunity to shop in Front street where all the famous jewelers are located as well as other electronics store and fashion shop. About the tour : Duration : between 4 and 5 hours, You will explore both sides of the island of St Maarten St Martin, You will will be able to sunbathe and/or swim in the in Grand Case Beach and at Maho Beach, You will have the possibility to try a local rum punch drink in Grand Case the Caribbean culinary capital, You will explore the open air craft and clothing market in Marigot, And if you want you will be able to do some St Maarten shopping in Philipsburg. ALSO are included in the tour : – Professional guide – Beverages (water, soda, beer, guavaberry rum punch) – Port pickup and drop-off
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Yoda Guy Museum

An unexpected find in Philipsburg St. Maarten : a Star Wars Museum !!
The Yoda Guy exhibit is a dedicated Star Wars replica and memorabilia museum that is one of the top 3 most popular museums in the entire Caribbean. Created by Nick Maley the Yoda Guy Museum is composed of all the important movie history that has touched him and his wife over the years. This St Maarten museum includes proprietor Nick’s Maley personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, Terminator,Men in Black, Superman and many more.
At the Yoda Guy Museum located on Front street, Philipsburg St. Maarten you can also buy some rare movie relics hand signed by the stars, including Mark Hamill (Luke), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Frank Oz (Yoda), Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) or Kenny Baker (Artoo) etc….

Duration varies depending on each customers interest and needs.

Here are some things to look forward to when visiting:
1. Star Wars : Darth Vader, including hologram of actor Dave Prowse discussing his experiences
2. Star Wars : creation of Yoda
3. Star Wars : creation of creatures for the famed Mos Eisley Cantina in Episode IV
4. Star Wars : Han Solo in Carbonite
5. Star Wars : Ewoks and props
6. Star Wars : Tusken Raiders
7. Star Wars : Unknown Yoda puppeteers
8. Star Wars : first, second & third drafts of episode IV including “The Adventures of Luke Starkiller”
9. Star Wars : Nick Maley current recreation of Yoda to encourage Lucasfim return to practical effects in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology movies.
10. Superman : Nick Maley work on the first two Christopher Reeves movies
11. Highlander : Nick Maley work on the classic movie
12. Men In Black : work of Rick Baker
13. Thriller : work of Rick Baker
14. Terminator & Terminator II : work of Stan Winston
15. Alien : work of the Special Effects team
16. The Exorcist : the uplifting influence of Dick Smith “grandfather of American prosthetic”
17. Life casts movie: Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Robin Williams, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Muhammad Ali, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee, Bogart & Brando, James Dean & Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Cagney, Alfred Hitchcock, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and 30 others.
18. Life casts/death masks : historical: Abraham Lincoln, (life cast 3 months before his assassination in 1865), Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Oliver Cromwell, (1658),
19. The Shining : Nick Maley work on the horror classic
20. Life force : Nick Maley work on the cult horror movie
21. Krull : Nick Maley work – fantasy movie
22. The Keep : Nick Maley work on Michael Mann’s hard to find cult horror movie
23. Storyboarding : The process of visualizing movies through sequential drawings, Star Wars, Terminator, etc.
24. The careers of legendary make-up effects artist Stuart Freeborn “father of British creature effects” and his son Graham Freeborn

 

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Catamaran charter for a St Maarten day trip

Exploring St Maarten island on a boat tour is a nice experience. But having a private boat charter with your own Captain and crew on a 6 hours St Maarten cruise excursion is Magical ! When you rent your own boat you can schedule where you want to go, where you to do some snorkeling in St Maarten. There is a Captain but in fact you are the real Captain of the day trip on this private boat tour around St Martin island. When you arrive at the Boat to meet the Captain you will have the opportunity to discuss and plan your day and what you would like to see in St Maarten. The possible St Maarten boat tour may include the following visits. Cruise out of Simpson Bay Lagoon, taking in views of the mega yachts docked in the marina. Going to see the Marigot Marina Royale on the French side of St Martin. Going to the French Nature Reserve with places such as Creole Rock for some St Maarten snorkeling. It’s possible to go from St Maarten to Anguilla to tour for example Sandy Island or Little Bay Beach in Anguilla. A stop at Maho Beach on your way back is also possible during your private boat charter tour. This private boat charter tour is for you ! Which means this St Maarten boat tour is entirely flexible and guarantees personalized attention from your captain. Included : – 6 hours catamaran private boat charter St Maarten – Flexible itinerary around St Maarten island or Anguilla or St Barts – Drinks, snacks, and lunch on board – Private boat charter for just you and your party – Free Use of snorkel equipment  
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