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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Having been to this tendered port in the past, this time we just walked from the pier to a beach on a cove past the marina of expensive yacths where we enjoyed a relaxing swim and met interesting and friendly natives.
Having been to this tendered port in the past, this time we just walked from the pier to a beach on a cove past the marina of expensive yacths where we enjoyed a relaxing swim and met interesting and friendly natives. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I wasn't a fan of this island. First, the cruise port is under development, and so it looks half-finished. Secondly, the traffic is horrendous!! Allow yourself ample time to get from point A to point B.
I wasn't a fan of this island. First, the cruise port is under development, and so it looks half-finished. Secondly, the traffic is horrendous!! Allow yourself ample time to get from point A to point B. Read Less
50 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Great place to lie on the beach, have lunch and enjoy a glass or two. A bit crowded when all the big ships are in though.
Great place to lie on the beach, have lunch and enjoy a glass or two. A bit crowded when all the big ships are in though. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
With 6 other large cruise ships and 20k extra people on the island, finding a taxi/trip in the morning was chaos. Taxi rank is next to the port so we eventually took one to the famous beach next to the airport. The beach was very crowded ... Read More
With 6 other large cruise ships and 20k extra people on the island, finding a taxi/trip in the morning was chaos. Taxi rank is next to the port so we eventually took one to the famous beach next to the airport. The beach was very crowded with so many people in but the water was clear blue and worth a visit to watch the airplanes flying so low over the top. Taxi to Philipsberg, the capital. Lots of shops, bars and restaurants here. Water taxi back to the port. $7 for an all day wristband pass or $5 for a single. Leaves and returns right back where the cruise terminal is. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Very hilly and steep garden, lots of steps.Not alot of flowers mostly flowering bushes. Made a brief stop at replica church from Paris interesting. Was a ok excursion.
Very hilly and steep garden, lots of steps.Not alot of flowers mostly flowering bushes. Made a brief stop at replica church from Paris interesting. Was a ok excursion. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Big, busy port but we rented a car from Hertz and took off for our own tour of the island. We drove the perimeter and saw Maho beach near the airport. The Dutch side is very commercialized. Our favorite places were on the French side: ... Read More
Big, busy port but we rented a car from Hertz and took off for our own tour of the island. We drove the perimeter and saw Maho beach near the airport. The Dutch side is very commercialized. Our favorite places were on the French side: Friar's Bay and Happy Bay. Beautiful coves with sandy beaches. Friar's had a couple of eateries and we drank pina coladas. Happy Bay was more secluded (10 minute walk from trail at end of Friar’s Bay.) We had our picnic lunch, swam, snorkeled and sunned. Also spent a little time on Orient Beach but it was too crowded for our taste. Traffic was terrible getting back to Phillipsburg but we were leaving port late. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Great Shopping--ended up in Phillipsburg for this cruise due to rough seas--all good, though. We discovered the Old Amsterdam cheese shop while walking to port from town. Delicious imported cheese and wine.
Great Shopping--ended up in Phillipsburg for this cruise due to rough seas--all good, though. We discovered the Old Amsterdam cheese shop while walking to port from town. Delicious imported cheese and wine. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
DJ was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. Free flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout (excellent rum punch). Saw KLM flight land - amazing!! Nice island. Great day out.
DJ was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. Free flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout (excellent rum punch). Saw KLM flight land - amazing!! Nice island. Great day out. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
You can catch up on your jewelry or watch collection if you're so inclined. T shirts and trinkets abound. Fun place to grab a chair at the boardwalk if you like that or take a tour. I did the 12 metre yacht excursion a few years ... Read More
You can catch up on your jewelry or watch collection if you're so inclined. T shirts and trinkets abound. Fun place to grab a chair at the boardwalk if you like that or take a tour. I did the 12 metre yacht excursion a few years ago and it was great. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
do yourself a favour and get a taxi to Bikini beach you wont be disappointed or if you love aeroplanes go to to Maro Beach
do yourself a favour and get a taxi to Bikini beach you wont be disappointed or if you love aeroplanes go to to Maro Beach Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Fun. But we didn't eat the food we prepared. But it was a good experience
Fun. But we didn't eat the food we prepared. But it was a good experience Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Amazing day on Bikini Beach (Orient Beach). Beautiful sun and great lunch. The constant hawking by the locals is easily brushed off with a "no thank you".
Amazing day on Bikini Beach (Orient Beach). Beautiful sun and great lunch. The constant hawking by the locals is easily brushed off with a "no thank you". Read Less

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