Things To Do in St. Maarten

St. Maarten might look like just another tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, but visitors and locals alike know it’s so much more! It’s an opportunity to embark on an adventure bursting at its seams with vibrancy and culture. Explore the island’s gorgeous sandy beaches or hike our highest peaks. Stroll down Phillipsburg’s palm-tree-lined streets, explore hidden coves by boat, or enjoy our lively nightlife.  A multicultural paradise, St. Maarten offers experiences you can’t find anywhere else.

Only in St. Maarten

As you make your way through the island you might hear a local say, “Only in St. Maarten,” and there’s no better way to truly explain the unforgettable attractions our little slice of heaven has to offer. Thrill-seekers can’t miss out on the scenic views offered at the two highest points of the island. Conquer the Dutch side’s Sentry Hill, accessible at Rain Forest Adventure, from which you can zip down the steepest zipline in the world! Then catch your breath and take a hike to explore the French side’s Pic Paradis. Reach your arms out and hear the airplanes roar at one of St. Maarten’s most entertaining spots: Maho Beach. Here, the end of the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) and the ocean meet. Planes take off just overhead and offer spectacular views you can’t get anywhere else. The planes truly feel close enough to touch. Don’t forget to take an island tour for an insider look at the unique landscape and experience the cultural diversity of the smallest island to be divided between two countries. Only in St. Maarten!

Explore the Outdoors

Whether you find yourself on land or underwater, St. Maarten’s outdoor adventures have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. Trek through the island on an invigorating morning hike or get to know the best secret spots on a thrilling ATV tour. Seasoned divers and beginners alike can discover the island’s undersea treasures with private charters and lessons. The rest of our gorgeous beaches are perfect for just about every beach lover. Cave exploring, kite surfing, sunset watching, or simply soaking in the sun, St. Maarten has a cove or bay waiting for you.

Arts, Culture & More

St. Maarten’s unique history sets the stage for the melting pot of European and Caribbean culture found on the island today. Take a step back in time and learn about the island’s history at Fort Amsterdam, the island’s historic fort overlooking Philipsburg and the sea, or at the St. Maarten National Heritage Museum. Once the sun sets, St. Maarten’s nightlife comes alive. Try your hand at roulette, craps, or poker at one of the island’s casinos. For a cocktail or two, the island offers everything from hole-in-the-wall dive bars to up-scale lounges by the beach. Pick your poison and get ready for a fun night out. 

Self-Care Done Right

When you’re ready to disconnect, St. Maarten has just what you need to relax and rejuvenate. Located within some of our most luxurious resorts, our spas offer signature treatments, body wraps, and facials that will leave you feeling like a new person. Need more me-time? Take one of the many yoga classes our island offers, one of which you can enjoy right on the beach for maximum zen. Indulge in some retail therapy while you’re here! Shopping on the island showcases everything from simple souvenir shops to specialty stores where you’ll find items exclusive to our tropical home.

Next-door Getaways

St. Maarten is the ideal home base for your next Caribbean Euro Trip. From the French Island of St. Barth to the United Kingdom’s Anguilla, island-hopping is a wonderful way to get to know our neighbors. Rent a relaxing catamaran from one of the many boat charters available, which will whisk you away to the scenic neighboring islands. The Dutch island of Saba is also just a ferry or plane ride away. Whether you’re here alone, with friends and family, or with your sweetheart, you’ll find plenty of things to do and memories to make. From thrilling to relaxing, there’s no shortage of fun things to do on the island.

If you’re ready to make the trip, we can help! From entry requirements to getting around the island, here is everything you need to plan your ideal vacation.