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St Maarten history tour


  • St Maarten history tour
  • St Maarten history tour
Get to know the twin Dutch and French spirits of the island of St Maarten/St Martin during this 4-hour history tour from Philipsburg. Circumnavigate the island while learning about the natural history, geology, culture and traditions of this unusual place through your guide's engaging commentary. Stop by important landmarks and highlights that help paint the total picture of the island's past. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.

Main points:

  • 4-hour guided history tour of St Maarten/St Martin
  • Circle the island on this comprehensive tour
  • Learn about the history, geology, culture and traditions of this half-Dutch, half-French island
  • Visit a plantation, a fort and a salt pond
  • Stop for iced coffee, tea and a Caribbean cake

Tour itinerary:

Fort Amsterdam This History Tour starts from a parking lot next to the cruise ship terminal in Philipsburg. Hotel guests in Philipsburg and Oyster Pond enjoy a free pick up.
The first stop is at a viewpoint overlooking Philipsburg and Great Salt Pond, where your knowledgeable guide will tell you why the Dutch and the French came to St Martin, and how they ended up dividing this small island together. At this stop you'll also learn about St Martin's geography. You'll stop at two forts: Fort Amsterdam in Philipsburg and Fort Louis in Marigot where you'll learn about the battles that have taken place between different nations who were fighting for the island's resources over the centuries. Please be aware that both forts are located on top of hills, visiting them involves a 10 minute uphill walk twice. Touching on St Martin's colonial and slavery history you'll visit a former plantation, where you'll also have an iced tea or coffee break with homemade banana bread. This tour is a great way to get to know the island, to see both the French and Dutch side and learn all about its fascinating local history and current politics. This tour is not suited for people who have problems walking on uneven and sloping terrain. Please be aware there will be two 10-minute uphill walks to visit the forts.


  • Bottled water
  • Iced tea, coffee, and cake
  • Local guide Port pickup and drop-off
  • Pickup from Philipsburg and Oyster Pond
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and reboarding time For hotel guests: please be aware the tour starts in Philipsburg. If not staying in a resort in Philipsburg or Oyster Pond, arrange for transport to the starting point At least one 15-minute uphill walk on unpaved and gravel terrain is involved Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Departure point

Tour departs from Dock Maarten in Philipsburg. Free pick up from hotels in Philipsburg and Oyster Pond area. If hotel is not in those areas, arrange transport to Dock Maarten individually

Departure time:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port


4 hours (approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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