Cruise Ship Visitors
St. Maarten is no stranger to tourism. It is one of the leading cruise ship terminals in the Caribbean. It can accomodate up to six cruise ships at one time and sometimes even up to seven. During season it is not uncommon to have over 25,000 people visiting our island in one day. As a cruise ship passenger your time is limited so to get the most of your short trip you will have to plan. Depending on what you like whether it be relaxing on one of our many beaches, snorkeling, getting jet blasted by planes landing at our International Airport or you can even try out the Fly Zones at Loterie Farm a daring zip line, St. Maarten has it all.
Our zip line at Loterie Farm.
So many of our cruise ship passengers have seen the many utube videos of planes landing at the Juliana Airport in St. Maarten and of course want to see it first hand. It is exactly as you see it in all those video clips. You do get jet blasted and yes it is quite dangerous, so if you just want to watch from the near by bar at Maho beach sipping a nice cold beer for a safe viewing that's fine too.
Once you have disembarked from your cruise ship you are a short distance away from Philipsburg the capital of the Dutch side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Philipsburg has a 1.5 kilometre sandy beach called Great Bay Beach. You can get to this beach either by tenders/water taxis, which you can access right at the port. Tickets are a one time $7.00 per person and can be used throughout the day. Or by a short 10-15 minute walk. Just follow the directions to the exit of the harbour and turn left. The walk is pleasant and will take you right into the main shopping area too.
So now your here in St. Maarten and your wondering what to do; there will be many taxis, coaches and just about fifteen or more tour guides waiting to whisk you off to show you the island. If you are unsure what you would like to do while you are on the island, there is always “shopping”. The Dutch capital Philipsburg is a shopper’s delight. A one-mile stretch of the most famous retailers selling everything from designer fashion, electronics, liquor and jewelry are right on Front Street. However, if you’re looking for bargains try Back Street. It runs parallel to Front Street where you can often find the same items for less. If your feeling hungry and need a place to eat you will have no problem finding a restaurant to accommodate your needs whether it is a snack or a full meal. Most restaurants on the Boardwalk offer tasteful food. Drinks especially alcohol beverages are quite expensive, you can easily pay $3.00 if not more for a beer that can be bought on Back Street for as little as $1.00. So do shop around.
We have many cruise ship passengers returning to our beautiful island, we hear often that our island is their favorite. We do hope you return to St. Maarten whether it be for another day or even for a longer vacation. If you want to know more about our island or share your experiences with us, we will be happy to answer any questions you have concerning your next trip or if you decide to spend your whole vacation on St Maarten. Face Book us directly and we will get back to you.