What to Do around The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
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St. Maarten is a mix of cultures, with Dutch and French sides of the Caribbean island. Known for its pristine beaches, translucent waters, world-class diving, duty-free shopping, gourmet dining, and sweet, yet spicy Sint Maarten Guavaberry liqueur, there's something for everyone.
Cole Bay, Sint Maarten
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Aqua Mania Adventures knows how to show its guests a good (and safe!) time. They offer an extremely wide array of excursions around the island. For those looking for a thrill, scuba diving,...
Simpson Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
This secluded white sand beach is a haven for those looking for a peaceful afternoon. Unlike many of St. Maarten's popular beaches, it's not surrounded by resorts and is somehow not well-known despite its beauty. It's perfect for escaping crowds....
Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
For those wanting an active adventure on the water, Captain Alan's Boat Charters offers snorkeling as well as clothing-optional boat trips. Their Snorkel and Beach excursion allows you to experience four hours of snorkeling and swimming around St....
Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on the Atlantic, Dawn Beach is renowned for its crystal waters and namesake sunrises. The waters are great for snorkeling, as the visibility allows you to clearly see more tropical fish than dreams provide. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort...
Anse Marcel, St Martin
All of the 30+ beaches on the island of Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin are open to the public, but some are easier to get to than others. Anse Marcel, tucked in a beautiful bay at the northern tip is worth the effort to reach. After descending to sea...
Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin
Loterie Farm is a true sanctuary on St. Maarten, offering a mix of nature, adventure, and gastronomy. Take a guided tropical rainforest hike, zip-line through 200-year-old mango trees (there's even an extreme course option), pair tapas and...
Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
In 1631, Dutch settlers arrived to St. Maarten and claimed the island, building what we now know as Fort Amsterdam between Great Bay and Little Bay. This was a great defensive position, situated at the top of cliffs, connected to the mainland, and...
Rue du Coconut Grove, 97150
For those who love nature and wildlife, the Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of colorful butterflies from all over the world. The numbers are steadily growing, too, as new butterflies are born each day. The best time to visit is in the morning,...
Great Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Great Bay Harbour, Great Bay Beach features soft, sugary sand, palm trees and translucent blue waters set against a backdrop of rolling hills and rugged cliffs. While one could easily spend hours taking in the view and sunbathing (beach...
7 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Located in a converted 1800's house, the St. Maarten Museum focuses on local St. Maarten heritage through a variety of topics, like geology, industry, history, archaeology, and indigenous cultures. View important artifacts and exhibitions like...
My initial thought was, does this horse know how to swim? We started our trek from the stables, approximately a 2 mile ride to the beach. It was so peaceful going at a slow pace, down the quiet dirt roads, then finally through the brush down to...
Bucket-list junkies will love this: The 12 Metre Challenge allows you to race multi-million dollar 12-metre yachts actually used in the America's Cup. You may even get to sail Dennis Conner's famous Stars & Stripes. The day begins with a sailing...
Maho Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Maho Bay, Maho Beach is known for its proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport, with airplanes flying low over the beach. In fact, don't be surprised if you get sand-blasted, although having a plane land that close to you...
Îlet de Pinel, St Martin
A cheap and fast tourist boat takes you from "mainland" St Martin to Pinel Island. It's a great place for some quiet beach time, lazy hiking, and snorkelling. Come early in the mornings (9am-ish...remember, it is an island, and departure times are...
Orient Bay, St Martin
At Orient Bay Beach, visitors can alternate between lounging on soft, white sand, photographing the surrounding mountains, cooling off with a swim in the warm turquoise waters, and taking in aerial beach views while parasailing. For those who want...
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