St. Maarten's modern amenities cater to
every interest, from watersports to horseback riding. The opportunity
for an exciting, active vacation is never far away.
St. Maarten is one of the Caribbean's leading sailing venues, playing host
each year to the Heineken Regatta and offering plenty of stunning anchorages.
Fully-equipped marinas welcome visiting boats and rent everything from
speedboats to canoes. Day trips can also be arranged for deep-sea fishing
or for visits to secluded nearby islands.
The rich coral reefs right off the coast offer a wide variety
of underwater sights. The island has numerous dive shops, all
of which can provide scuba equipment and lessons. In addition
to the reefs, two separate shipwreck sites are popular destinations.
For a look at marine life after dark, night dives can also be
arranged. For more information, click
Watersports have become an important part of the St. Maarten
experience. Beaches and resorts around the island offer windsurfing
board rentals and lessons. Jet skis are another popular option,
and most people can master riding the waves after two or three
tries. The calm, protected waters of Simpson Bay Lagoon are perfect
for waterskiing. For a real thrill, parasailing gives adventurers
the chance to lift off the beach and take in the views from the
Yachtclub at Isle de Sol
Airport Road Simpson Bay
PO Box 383
Philipsburg St Maarten
Snorkeling is a popular activity on many of St. Maarten's
beaches. Outstanding water clarity allows excellent views of
colorful fish and coral, while the warm water welcomes swimmers
year-round. A number of coral reefs are within easy reach of
Dawn Beach and Little Bay Beach, so snorkelers won't have far
to go for a first-hand view of marine life.
Offshore Sunsations Activity Center
Palm Plaza # 3
Cole Bay Sint Maarten
Phone: 599 552 6026
The main road which circles the island offers an excellent
introductory tour. It's a vigorous workout (35 miles/56 km for
the whole circuit), combining stunning views of the coastline
with peaceful stretches in the unspoiled hillsides. Mountain
biking is best pursued along the trails surrounding Paradise
Peak, the highest point on the island (1400 ft/420 m). The road
around Simpson Bay Lagoon is just right for a more relaxed ride.
The 18-hole golf course at Mullet Bay Resort is the only
one on the island. It is considered one of the most challenging
in the Caribbean. While resort guests have first priority, the
course is open to the public who make reservations in advance.
Many of St. Maarten's resorts have tennis courts available
for both day and night games. All are open to the public who
make reservations in advance and pay an hourly fee.
The Road Runners Club of St. Maarten invites all visitors
to join in a Fun Run every Wednesday. On Sundays, there's an
early bird run of two to fifteen kilometers, starting at the
Pelican Resort and Casino. Additional runs are scheduled throughout
Several operators offer horseback riding excursions across
the countryside of the interior and along the coast. Some rides
end on the beach, with both horses and riders wading out into
the cool sea. Riders of all skill levels are welcome.
Shopping on St. Maarten can easily become a full-time activity.
As a completely duty-free port, the island offers international
luxury items for as little as one half of their usual prices.
The stores along Front Street in Philipsburg are stocked with
high-fashion clothing, elegant jewelry, and top-of-the-line electronics.
Resorts like Maho Bay have boutiques open late into the night.
Tandem-skydiving, a new development on St. Maarten, offers
visitors the chance to see the whole island in a way unlike any
other: coming straight at them at 120 MPH. After only a 5-minute
briefing, an experienced skydiver will accompany passengers on
exhilarating, 30-second freefall from 9000 feet.