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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