In the heart of the Caribbean Sea, St. Maarten’s tropical ecosystem and its colonial history come together to make the ultimate outdoor adventure. Whether you are looking for thrills, views, or just trying to get in a workout, St. Maarten has something for you.
Discover Nature’s Wonders
There are so many different ways to explore the hills and valleys of the island and you will want to explore them all. Discover all 37 square miles at your own pace and your transportation of choice. Take in our picturesque beaches and lush hills on horseback at Seaside Nature Park or tour the island on Jeep and ATV tours where you can reach every corner of the island. For cycling enthusiasts, there are bike-guided tours available that will give you a unique perspective of the landscape.
Trek Through the Trails
For those willing to go off the beaten path, St. Maarten has many coastal and hiking trails offering unforgettable sights throughout her emerald hills. Though some of the trails can be harder to find, all listed trails are cleared and accessible and offer the most amazing views of the island that is more than a reward for its effort. Be sure to visit our natural wonders while you’re here. Hiking to the natural pool between Point Blanche and Guana Bay is a local favorite. It is a moderate 2.6 km hike that leads to a pristine natural pool great for photoshoots, picnics, or a private swim. South Reward Trail is another popular but challenging hike that ends with panoramic views of the island, leading to the highest peak on the Dutch Side.
Zip Down from the Peaks
Tours can lead up to Pic Paradis, the island’s highest peak, which is also home to the treetop lounge, Loterie Farm. Looking for more adventure, Loterie Farm offers zipline packages and access to trails to the peak of Pic Paradis. For the best panoramic views of the island, head up to Rainforest Adventure. Not only can you go on a 360 tour of the island from the top of Sentry Hill via the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, but you can zoom down to the bottom with the Flying Dutchman zipline, the steepest zipline in the world. From the top, you can see neighboring islands Saba, St. Barths, St. Eustatius, and Anguilla. Before you leave the park be sure to check out Emilio Wilson Museum to learn more about the island’s colonial history.
Play A Match or Two
While St. Maarten is known to be a haven for relaxation, visitors who are looking for a more active vacation will be thrilled to know there are plenty of opportunities to break a sweat. St. Maarten offers access to various gym facilities and sports parks. Play tennis at the Port de Plaisance Country Club, tee up at the Tower’s golf course in Mullet Bay or run around the track at Raoul Illidge Sports Center. Nothing says beach time like a good game of volleyball! Nets are available at Little Bay Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, and Simpson Bay Beach, so be sure to keep an eye out. Visitors can also play a game at Orient Bay Beach.