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.
- 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
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
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
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
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
4 hours (approx.)
Returns to original departure point