13 Fun things to do in St Maarten
Whether you’re a thrill seeker or prefer to explore new destinations at a slower pace, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice once you step foot onto St Maarten, one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque islands.
St Maarten excursions
1. Zip-line through St Maarten’s treetops
If you have an adventurous spirit, if you visit the sunny island of St Maarten you’ll have the opportunity to zip-line through the islands treetops at Loterie Farm, Fly Zone Extreme. Alternatively a rival company Rainforest Adventures also offers zip-lining tours and currently operates the world’s steepest zip-line. The latter of which hurtles adrenaline seekers down 2800 meters of cable at around 56 miles per hour.
2. Tour a butterfly farm
For a unique experience, make sure to visit The Butterfly Farm where you’ll be able to take a 20-minute tour of the farm’s lush rainforest, which is home to thousands of brightly colored, exotic butterflies. As examples, at The Butterfly Farm, you’ll get a chance to see iridescent Blue Morpho butterflies which are native to South America and Tree Nymphs which can be found in South East Asia. If you stay still enough, a friendly butterfly may even land on your arm or shoulder. Lastly, as part of your tour, you’ll also get the opportunity to take part in a live, butterfly release.
3. Take scenic photos of St Maarten from Pic Paradise
Pic Paradis is the highest point of St Maarten and offers multiple lookout points from which you can take stunning panoramic photos of St Maarten’s picturesque coastline and rain forests. If you’re feeling energetic you may want to consider hiking to Pic Paradis’ summit. Alternatively, you won’t have any trouble booking a day trip, which includes a photo op at the top of Pic Paradise.
What to do in St Maarten
4. Spend a day kayaking and snorkeling at Pinel Island
If relaxing on a picture-perfect island sounds your like your cup of tea, you may want to book a day trip to Pinel Island, where you’ll be able to hire an affordable kayak or snorkeling set for the day. Just imagine, if you visit Pinel Island you’ll be able to kayak around the island until you find your own private beach.
5. Enjoy a round of golf at the prestigious Mullet Bay Golf Course
If you’re a keen golfer and enjoy getting to tee off at a wide variety of international golf courses, you may want to book a tee off time at Mullet Bay Golf Course. Which happens to offer million dollar views of Mullet Bay Beach.
If you’ve always wanted to tick parasailing off your bucket list, you may be pleased to find out that you can book your very first parasailing experience at Bikini Beach Watersports, which is located at picturesque Orient Bay! If you plan on exploring St Maarten with a loved one, you can also choose to book a tandem parasailing experience, so that you can share your experience with someone special. Also see NO1SXM Parasailing
If you’re not afraid of facing your fears and are looking to participate in an adrenaline-inducing activity which will get your blood pumping, you may want to skydive over St Maarten. If you’re interested, it’s well worth finding out more information from Sxm Parachute, which is based at the Aéroport de Grand Case.
8. Helicopter ride
If jumping out of a perfectly good plane with a parachute strapped to your guide’s back, doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, you may want to opt for taking a scenic helicopter ride over the island. As you’ll be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of St Maarten’s rainforests and world-class beaches. If you’re keen Corail Helicopters, which is also located at the Aéroport de Grand Case.
9. Learn how to surf
If you love spending as much time as possible in the water, you may be interested in booking a beginners surf lesson. As St Maarten offers the perfect conditions to learn how to surf and boasts a multitude of surfing schools. Examples of which include the Coconut Reef Surf School, SXM Surf Explorer, and the Saint Martin Surf Club. All of which offer beginners surf lessons as well as intermediate lessons. The latter of which is ideal, if you’ve already mastered the basics of getting up on a surfboard.
10. Shop for a beautiful souvenir
If you’re looking to purchase a beautiful souvenir, which will help you remember your time on St Maarten, it’s well worth stopping Joe’s Jewelry, where you’ll be able to browse our extensive range of high-quality gifts.
11. Enjoy a day of pampering at one of St Maarten’s world-class spas
If you’re in need of a day of pampering which includes massages, a pedicure and a manicure and a facial, it’s well worth spending a few hours at one of the island’s top-rated spas. Examples of which include Le Spa Clarins, Le Spa Marquis, and Noa le Spa. All of which boast rave reviews and are bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated and energized.
12. Deepwater, scuba diving
St Maarten boasts over 45 listed dive sites and is the perfect location to spend an afternoon scuba diving in warm, turquoise blue water. If you’re interested in booking a scuba diving tour you’re in luck as St Maarten is home to a plethora of professional diving companies. All of which offer fully escorted day trips and provide all of the equipment which you’ll need in order to scuba dive amongst countless schools of brightly colored, tropical fish. If you’re lucky you may even spot a few sea turtles. See Scuba fun Dive Center
13. Visit the Hope Estate Archeological Site
If you’re a self-confessed history buff, it’s well worth visiting the Hope Estate Archeological Site, where you’ll be able to view the remains of a genuine American Indian village, which was built around 550BC and remained occupied until 450AD.
So if you’re looking to make the most of your limited time in St Maarten, it’s definitely well worth trying to tick off at least a few of the exciting activities listed above. In order to ensure that you have the time of your life, whilst visiting sunny St Maarten!