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Sail Date: February 2015
I have been here a number of times. The last couple, I took a $3 taxi ride into town and after walking around and shopping, I got a $10 lounge chair and umbrella, and hung out on the beach. The water isn't very clear, but it did the ... Read More
I have been here a number of times. The last couple, I took a $3 taxi ride into town and after walking around and shopping, I got a $10 lounge chair and umbrella, and hung out on the beach. The water isn't very clear, but it did the trick. You can also rent a jet ski, which was totally worth the money. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Always love stopping at St. Marteen..Plenty of options to chose from..beach, tours, shopping or all three...Good buys on jewels, perfumes, etc. In for the day which allows you to beach it in the am or pm and do another activity for the ... Read More
Always love stopping at St. Marteen..Plenty of options to chose from..beach, tours, shopping or all three...Good buys on jewels, perfumes, etc. In for the day which allows you to beach it in the am or pm and do another activity for the rest of the day. Or, when the ship empties out, just hang on the ship and enjoy the facilities without the crowds... Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We took a taxi to Little Diva Bay Beach ($20 total for 3 pp. + tip). The beach is fine, but it is adjacent to the Little Diva Resort, where touts try to get you to attend time share presentations.
We took a taxi to Little Diva Bay Beach ($20 total for 3 pp. + tip). The beach is fine, but it is adjacent to the Little Diva Resort, where touts try to get you to attend time share presentations. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Love the shopping in Marigot! We got straight off ship at 8. Taxied to Marigot. Shopped in the market, then ferried over to Anguilla (don't forget your passport) for a perfect beach day with excellent local food, then back to Marigot ... Read More
Love the shopping in Marigot! We got straight off ship at 8. Taxied to Marigot. Shopped in the market, then ferried over to Anguilla (don't forget your passport) for a perfect beach day with excellent local food, then back to Marigot to shop in the stores before getting back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Expect to be collared for every deckchair, umbrella, wifi free pub / food place. The wifi is not great but after being on ship with no free wifi it is worth the walk to the board walk and also the sea is a great cooling off experience and ... Read More
Expect to be collared for every deckchair, umbrella, wifi free pub / food place. The wifi is not great but after being on ship with no free wifi it is worth the walk to the board walk and also the sea is a great cooling off experience and not too far away. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Love this port... took the water taxi into town for shopping and a few drinks. A very cool tropical experience
Love this port... took the water taxi into town for shopping and a few drinks. A very cool tropical experience Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This is a short excursion that has a lower level glass bottom that allows you to look at sea life. It's like snorkeling without getting wet. The actual time looking through the glass is only about 10-15 minutes, and we didn't see ... Read More
This is a short excursion that has a lower level glass bottom that allows you to look at sea life. It's like snorkeling without getting wet. The actual time looking through the glass is only about 10-15 minutes, and we didn't see all that much variety. My 10 year old liked it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
After St Thomas, St Maarten paled in comparison. It was still beautiful, but it serves a better purpose for shopping rather than taking in beautiful scenery. We independently took a $20 cab ride to Orient Beach on the French side but since ... Read More
After St Thomas, St Maarten paled in comparison. It was still beautiful, but it serves a better purpose for shopping rather than taking in beautiful scenery. We independently took a $20 cab ride to Orient Beach on the French side but since it was very windy, we went back to Phillipsburg after a couple of hours. One thing I didn't like about St Maarten is I felt like I was constantly bombarded by people trying to sell me something and I had to pay to use restrooms. We spent the rest of the day shopping in downtown. If you're looking for gems/jewelry, stay clear of the stores the cruise lines recommend to you because trust me, they're not very good deals. You can easily find better deals on GIA certified diamonds and gems on eBay or even your local jeweler. We had the best experience (and got the best price) at Omni Jewelers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten is one of my favorite ports. You can take a real taxi for $5 a head each way or the water taxi for $7 for all day. Taxi is quicker and if only one going in you can share a cab and go right to where you want. ... Read More
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten is one of my favorite ports. You can take a real taxi for $5 a head each way or the water taxi for $7 for all day. Taxi is quicker and if only one going in you can share a cab and go right to where you want. Majesty Jewelers has free Wi-Fi if you buy something. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This is one of my favourite islands. The towns on both sides are lovely. You do not need to take an expensive excursion or taxi to see the French side. We took a public bus for $2. One bus was shabby but the other one had air conditioning ... Read More
This is one of my favourite islands. The towns on both sides are lovely. You do not need to take an expensive excursion or taxi to see the French side. We took a public bus for $2. One bus was shabby but the other one had air conditioning and for $2 you can’t complain. The French side has great bakeries. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Did some shopping at the port and took a shuttle cab with 4 others to Dawn Beach. Spent two hours on beach then took a cab back for $15. In hindsight we should have remained near port and visited beach there. Had been to this port and few ... Read More
Did some shopping at the port and took a shuttle cab with 4 others to Dawn Beach. Spent two hours on beach then took a cab back for $15. In hindsight we should have remained near port and visited beach there. Had been to this port and few times and saw most sights including having rented a car and drove the island. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
So much fun! I wish we could have stayed longer. We took a water taxi over to a beach that was beautiful. There were people selling items on the beach, but not too pushy that we were able to still enjoy it. We bought a few necklaces ... Read More
So much fun! I wish we could have stayed longer. We took a water taxi over to a beach that was beautiful. There were people selling items on the beach, but not too pushy that we were able to still enjoy it. We bought a few necklaces and other items. I thought it was convenient since we didn't have much time at port and I didn't have to shop for souvenirs, I could just do that lounging on the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Our friends took us to a fantastic beach bar on the side of the airport runway. Had a few beers and a fantastic lunch before returning to the town. Boss Lady loves to hunt for diamonds in what seemed like very diamond store. Great ... Read More
Our friends took us to a fantastic beach bar on the side of the airport runway. Had a few beers and a fantastic lunch before returning to the town. Boss Lady loves to hunt for diamonds in what seemed like very diamond store. Great shopping though ! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Yuck - we did a island tour and all we saw were homeless and decrepit buildings. It was very sad. Maybe the resorts are nice - but would never leave them!
Yuck - we did a island tour and all we saw were homeless and decrepit buildings. It was very sad. Maybe the resorts are nice - but would never leave them! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
In St. Maarten, we got a group taxi to Orient Beach and spent the morning. Always like this beach. At 12:30 got a taxi to Maho. What a riot! Had lunch at sunset bar and watched the planes. Highly recommend this. We then took taxi back to ... Read More
In St. Maarten, we got a group taxi to Orient Beach and spent the morning. Always like this beach. At 12:30 got a taxi to Maho. What a riot! Had lunch at sunset bar and watched the planes. Highly recommend this. We then took taxi back to port. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We did the Jeep Tour shore excursion. It drives you around the whole island with stops for the highlights. We had time to swim at Orient Beach. Time to shop in Marigot. And time to take pictures of airplanes landing at Maho Beach. We also ... Read More
We did the Jeep Tour shore excursion. It drives you around the whole island with stops for the highlights. We had time to swim at Orient Beach. Time to shop in Marigot. And time to take pictures of airplanes landing at Maho Beach. We also had time to sit in Philipsburg's famous afternoon traffic ;). The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. They did a pretty good job of keeping 13 jeeps together and on time. Be warned that there is some walking as sometimes there isn't parking close to the stops. The longest walk time was 7 minutes, but it came at the warmest part of the day. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Great portGreat beach IN town$25 for 2 chairs- umbrella-and a bucket of beer Great valueVisited Joe's Jewellers on a friends recommendation - good service and beautiful product Perfect amount of time at portDon't bother with any ... Read More
Great portGreat beach IN town$25 for 2 chairs- umbrella-and a bucket of beer Great valueVisited Joe's Jewellers on a friends recommendation - good service and beautiful product Perfect amount of time at portDon't bother with any of the ships excursions....taxis cheap Paid $59 each for beach excursion. Was terrible..... Over populated beach ( Atlantic side) -took a cab back $7 each back to town (port) and a gorgeous Caribbean beach Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
favorite port on the cruise ... you got the Caribbean feeling ... great prices in (jewelery stores), friendly locals ... wonderful! Didn't take an excursion cause we have friends who live there part time and say it's not worth it.
favorite port on the cruise ... you got the Caribbean feeling ... great prices in (jewelery stores), friendly locals ... wonderful! Didn't take an excursion cause we have friends who live there part time and say it's not worth it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Our port adventure was scheduled and paid for but only when I tried to disembark did I learn that the port adventure was NOT handicapped accessible, so I had to stay on the ship. Very disappointed.
Our port adventure was scheduled and paid for but only when I tried to disembark did I learn that the port adventure was NOT handicapped accessible, so I had to stay on the ship. Very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Take the water taxi into town! I think it was like $7 pp round trip. Taxis to anywhere else on the island are one way and expensive!!! The water taxi was a lot of fun, my daughter got her hair braided in town and there is a fabulous beach ... Read More
Take the water taxi into town! I think it was like $7 pp round trip. Taxis to anywhere else on the island are one way and expensive!!! The water taxi was a lot of fun, my daughter got her hair braided in town and there is a fabulous beach right there!!! Chairs and umbrellas all over the place! We rented 2 chairs, umbrella, 6 drinks and internet access for $20! We met a cool guy from New Jersey who rents jet skis on the beach! $50 for 50 minutes. Excellent deal! The kids waited on shore and my husband came in and swapped out kids, it was awesome! We had never been to St Maarten and were impressed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
St. Maarten - We got off the boat in St. Maarten and went to Maho Beach to watch the airplanes come in. It was a great experience. Have heard people say that it was cheesy and lame, but it was really something neat to see. Probably ... Read More
St. Maarten - We got off the boat in St. Maarten and went to Maho Beach to watch the airplanes come in. It was a great experience. Have heard people say that it was cheesy and lame, but it was really something neat to see. Probably wouldn't go back again, but it was neat to see once. The KLM 747 comes in every day at 12:15. We were also able to see some big 737's come in between the time we arrived there at 10:45 and leaving at 12:30. The beach is clean and nice, there is a restaurant at each end if you'd like a snack or a nice cold beverage. Take a towel, there is no place to lay except on your towel. Sun is hot. I had some great footage on video, and everyone we have showed since we got back was blown away by how close the airplanes are to us. We left from the Maho Beach and got a taxi to Orient Beach. The driver initially was not excited about taking us there, because it's quite a distance. However, when we were trying to negotiate the price with him, another couple walked up and also wanted to go to Orient Beach, so we shared the cab. He took us to a great little place there on Orient Beach, where we rented chairs and an umbrella for $20. The sun is HOT. The beach is clean and water is crystal blue. Gorgeous. Highly recommend..... the beach isn't like the beaches in Cancun....the waves don't beat you up. You can easily be in the ocean and not get knocked down. Very peaceful swim. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We decided to walk to Philipsburg from the pier. There were directions pointing the way to go and it only took us about 10 minutes to get there. Once there we shopped on Front Street and found some interesting stores. There were plenty of ... Read More
We decided to walk to Philipsburg from the pier. There were directions pointing the way to go and it only took us about 10 minutes to get there. Once there we shopped on Front Street and found some interesting stores. There were plenty of jewelry stores, but we were not interested in those. After lunch we got in a taxi and asked her which beach she recommends. She said Mullet Bay was the nicest, more quiet and not as crowded as Maho Beach. So, we asked her to take us there. She was right! Mullet Bay is a beautiful, white sand, crystal blue water beach! It was gorgeous with some trees for shade too. We paid for the rental of some chairs and an umbrella and relaxed on the beach and swam in the water. It was a beautiful beach! There was a bar with food and drinks right there and a Jonny on the Spot washroom facility. Our taxi driver picked us up and we had quite the adventurous ride back to the ship. Maria is a great driver but she had my husband holding on for dear life as she raced into oncoming traffic at times to get another two passengers back to their cruise ship on time. It was hilarious. She got them back just in time and even got herself clearance to drive right up on the pier to drop them off at the gangway! Way to go Maria! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Again, we had been here before but did not see much. This time we took the beach tour with Bernards - Fantastic. The driver gave a running commentary and we learned a lot. First stop was Orient Beach and it was fabulous. Tip: walk around ... Read More
Again, we had been here before but did not see much. This time we took the beach tour with Bernards - Fantastic. The driver gave a running commentary and we learned a lot. First stop was Orient Beach and it was fabulous. Tip: walk around and check prices on chair/umbrellas. We paid $15 each when we could have gotten both for $8 a little further from where we were dropped off. We did not go to the end with the Orient Beach Club (nude) but there were a few topless participants on the main beach. Contrary to what I have read, they were not hard on the eyes...except some of the overweight men in skimpy speedos. Then we went to Maho beach for a bucket list event - watching the planes land. Amazing and was one of the highlights of the trip. Just before we arrived a man was blown off the fence onto the road and was run over. Not good and he was clearly seriously injured. We saw a number of 757s land and saw the KLM 747 take off - what a thrill! Would highly recommend this tour and Bernards. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We taxied over to Maho Beach to swim and photograph/video tape the big jets landing.Directions borrowed from another Cruise Critic Member. Walking to the buses (van) will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. I thought it was about 30 ... Read More
We taxied over to Maho Beach to swim and photograph/video tape the big jets landing.Directions borrowed from another Cruise Critic Member. Walking to the buses (van) will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. I thought it was about 30 minutes. Go to the left of the ship once you get out of the "ship's compound". The next street away from the water is the shopping street called Front Street. Next street over is Back Street which is a one-way street and will be full of buses. Look for a sign labeled Bushalte and a marking on the pavement. If you don't see a stop, just flag down the bus as it approaches. The License Plate will say "Bus." In the corner window will be a sign that tells you where it is going such as “Mullet Bay” or “Maho Beach”. There are tons of buses and they are leaving all the time so be selective and get a nice one. Ask the driver before you actually get on the bus and tell him where you want to get off. He should tell you when to get off. It should be as you reach the far end of the runway and the traffic roundabout at the Maho resort/casino complex. You pay when you exit and the ride should cost you $2 each way. The return bus will be across the street at the Sonesta Maho/Royal Islander complex. Stand where the driver can pull out of traffic. Since it is an airport there are always buses going back and forth. Read Less

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