Double Decker Bus
Hop on the only Open Top Double Decker Bus. 360° View Sightseeing
As soon as you depart the harbor you’ll start to enjoy the charm and scenery of this dual personality island which has been flying the flags of both Holland and France since 1648. You’ll drive from Phillipsburg, the Dutch capital, past the Great Salt Pond and through the countryside. The tour then continues past the Border Monument indicating arrival at the French side, into the district of Orleans.
Continue across the north side of the island for a short stop in Orient Beach for pictures and a drink at Bikini Beach. Sightseeing passes through several quaint towns and fishing villages, including Grand Case known for its lovely beaches and exquisite restaurants. Arriving at Marigot, the French capital, where you’ll observe a truly European atmosphere as you browse its waterside open-air markets, quaint shops, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. After your brief sojourn in Marigot you’ll return to the Dutch side and stop at Maho and if your lucky a plain will just pass over your head to land in the most spectacular airport in the Caribbean. Continuing across the south you will have a spectacular view of Simpson Bay as you drive over Cole Bay Hill. The ends at Philipsburg, so you can stay for shopping, beach and all Philipsburg has to offer before you go back to ship, or Hotel.
St. Maarten is a double nationality island that is equally rich in culture as it is in unique natural Caribbean beauty. Your St. Maarten sightseeing cruise excursion begins when you exit your St. Maarten cruise terminal and greet you bilingual shore excursion guide next to your double decker sightseeing bus. Have a seat on the upper deck for an incredible sightseeing experience or simply stay on the lower deck where you can sit around picnic tables!Please note that this excursion is not available from Marigot Saint Martin.
Departing from the Dutch Capital of Philipsburg, the open top double decker bus will take you along the countryside passing the border to the French cost. Your English speaking sightseeing cruise excursion guide will narrate along the way and the next stop is world famous Orient Bay, the most popular beach area of the island. You will have 15 to 20 minutes to visit the Orient Bay Beach, a beautiful white sandy Caribbean style beach with turquoise water of the Atlantic Ocean. Its restaurants are well known for delicious Caribbean meals and cocktails. Take a walk on the soft sand or enjoy an ice cold drink at the beach!
The next stop on this bus sightseeing shore excursion from St. Maarten is the French Capital of Marigot. Enjoy its European atmosphere while listening to interesting facts and histories of the city. Browse its waterside shops, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, souvenir stores and more. The open air street market is the perfect place to merge into local flavors, traditions and culture. The fishermen bring their fresh catch of the morning and the nearby restaurants sell traditional dishes. You can pay with US dollars at most the stands, restaurants, bars, etc.
Continue sightseeing along the West Road and through several quaint island towns and fishing villages. During the entire cruise shore excursion, your friendly crew will serve complimentary ice cold drinks such as beers, sodas, juices or water! Return to the Dutch side for a stop at World Famous Maho Beach and hopefully catch a plane passing over your head to land at Princess Juliana Airport! A plane spotters delight!
Then this open air bus sightseeing shore excursion continues with gorgeous views of the Cole Bay Hill, admire the mega yachts at the Simpson Bay lagoon and even the neighboring island of Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Back at Phillipsburg city you can decide to return to your cruise ship terminal or continue enjoying the sights of this capital city of St. Maarten. Colorful shops, modern hotels and some renovated older buildings with their distinctive West Indian ornamentation. You can then either take a taxi back to your ship at your own leisure and cost or walk about 10 minutes back to the Cruise Ship
What to Bring:
- Sun protection
- Light clothing
- Cash/credit cards
- Open-toed sandal shoes
- SeaPass card and photo identification
What to Wear:
- Comfortable light clothing, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and walking shoes.
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Meeting time EVERYDAY 08:30am, 12:30pm
Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
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Activity Level: Easy
- Complimentary Beverages
Beer, Coke, Sprite, water or Apple juice.
- Historical Narration
- 10 min photo stop Orient Bay
- 20 min shopping Marigot
- 20 min Maho/ Airport Beach