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.
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