10 Best Attractions near the Cruise Port in St. Maarten/St. Martin

The Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is no stranger to tourism: it is a common stop on most major cruise lines and its port can accommodate up to six ships at any time - that's around 15,000 people visiting for the day. With such a constant flow of visitors, there are plenty of things to do in and around the cruise port.

For starters, there's Wathey Square, a shopping and dining hub that is an easy way to pass time upon arrival in port, and Front Street offers a wealth of shops and boutiques. Beach goers can head to Little Bay Beach for a day of playing on the shoreline or the Sunset Bar and Grill where they can watch sun dwellers get blasted by the gust from jet engines as the planes take off at the neighboring airport. 

For truly unique experiences, visitors can play pirate and walk the plank with Treasure Seekers, or drive a Water UFO - some thing that only exists in St. Maarten. Culinary tours offer an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the area while sampling its delicious food. 

All of this can be found without having to wander to the other side of the island, so visitors can pack in numerous activities (or simply relax) without having to worry about rushing back to the ship and dealing with the consistent traffic jams of the island. Here are 10 attractions near the cruise port to make planning easier for passengers. 

The Indulgence by the Sea Spa can be found at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort (as well as Oyster Bay Beach Resort). Hand-selected, organic products are used in a number of treatments which the owner personally tests before selecting. Massages...  Read More

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Little Bay Beach

For those seeking a stretch of sand near the cruise port, look no further than Little Bay Beach, a short walk from the ships. The beach isn't overly crowded, and there are plenty of restaurants, snack bars and shops in the area if sunbathers...  Read More

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Treasure Seeker
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Discover your inner pirate (without all the looting and lawlessness) aboard the 85-foot Treasure Seeker ship, a new attraction in St. Maarten's Great Bay Harbor - right near the cruise ships. The ship is perfect for all ages with fun activities...  Read More

Wathey Square is the tourism center where much of the action takes place. Towering palm trees line the streets as well as colorful shops and restaurants (such as the much-loved Barefoot Terrace). A its center is the courthouse, one of the oldest...  Read More

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Located a five-minute walk from the main cruise ship docks, this one-of-a-kind attraction will be the highlight of a trip to St. Maarten. A five-foot round, flying-saucer shaped disk zips along the water with up to two passengers who control the...  Read More

This famous bar is located in front of the Princess Juliana International Airport - right in the sand of Maho Beach. Patrons of this bar have front row seats of the massive jets landing and taking off right over sunbathers. The blast from the...  Read More

This newly-introduced company debuted in 2014 and has already become a big hit with foodie cruise passengers and other travelers, and gives an opportunity to learn about the culture of the island. This walking tour brings at the cruise terminal...  Read More

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Casino Royale

One of the island's largest casinos, Royale offers craps, baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, "Let it Ride," and roulette. It boasts more than 400 slot machines, 21,000 square feet of space, and 21 gaming tables including a "high-roller"...  Read More

One expected attraction in the Caribbean is the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, created by Nick Maley, a movie make-up and special effects artist who help create Yoda in the Star Wars movies. The exhibit is not limited to Star Wars, it spans six decades...  Read More

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Philipsburg's main thoroughfare is known for its abundance of jewelry shops scattered along the cobblestone street. You can find emeralds, diamonds, gold, platinum and more at over 20 stores. Pieces from internationally known designers such as...  Read More


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