St Maarten History Tour - Philipsburg

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8:30am Hotel pickups commence prior to this timeTour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from Dock Maarten in Philipsburg. Free pick up from hotels in Philipsburg and Oyster Pond area. If hotel is not in those areas, arrange transport to Dock Maarten individually
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


Visit historical landmarks and discover beautiful viewpoints on this guided, 4-hour history tour of St. Maarten and St Martin, with a maximum of 6 guests. See the entire island and learn about theunique and fascinating history on this half-day adventure. This Dutch and French Caribbean island is the smallest divided by two nations, which makes for some interesting stories. With a maximum of six guests per group, enjoy personalized attention from the guide. Learn about St. Maarten's culture, as well as their geological and natural history. Along the way, a stop with iced coffee or tea and homemade bananabread is included. Great for cruise ship guests as well, starting point of the tour is next to the cruise ship port. Free pick up from hotels located in Oyster Pond and Philipsburg.


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

This History Tour starts at 8.30 am from a parking lot next to the cruise ship terminal in Philipsburg and takes 4 hours. Are you a cruiser and do you have concerns regarding timing? Please read below*. Hotel guests in Philipsburg and Oyster Pond enjoy a free pick up.

The first stop is at a viewpoint overlooking Philipsburg and Great Salt Pond, where your knowledgeable guide will tell you why the Dutch and the French came to St Martin, and how they ended up dividing this small island together. At this stop you'll also learn about St Martin's geography.

You'll stop at two forts: Fort Amsterdam in Philipsburg and Fort Louis in Marigot where you'll learn about the battles that have taken place between different nations who were fighting for the island's resources over the centuries. Please be aware that both forts are located on top of hills, visiting them involves a 10 minute uphill walk.

Touching on St Martin's colonial and slavery history you'll visit a former plantation, where you'll also have an iced tea or coffee break with homemade banana bread.

This tour is a great way to get to know the island, to see both the French and Dutch side and learn all about its fascinating local history and current politics. Group size is never more than 6 guests.

*FAQ from cruise ship guests concerning timing:
My ship arrives later than 8 am, can I do a tour with you?
Yes, when making a reservation please let us know what time your ship is scheduled to dock. If its later than 8 am we will adjust the starting time of our tour so well be able to accommodate you.

Will I make it in time to your meeting point?
If your ship is docking half an hour prior to our starting time, then you will make it to our meeting point at Dock Maarten. Usually ships arrive at 8 am, so youll be in time for our 8.30 am start. Sometimes ships dont announce very clearly that you can get off the ship, just proceed to the deck where you can disembark and youll see youll be let go.

Then also: dont worry if the ship is not letting you off immediately. We know the ships in port, we know youre on it, youve paid for your tour, so we wait till you get to our meeting point. Well start the tour when you get there, youll still get the full tour even if youre half an hour late.

Will the tour be back in time for my cruise ship?
We have returned 100% of our cruise ship guests back to the ship on time. We're in business since 2014.


  • Bottled water
  • Iced tea, coffee, and cake
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Pickup from Philipsburg and Oyster Pond


  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and reboarding time

For hotel guests: please be aware the tour starts in Philipsburg. If not staying in a resort in Philipsburg or Oyster Pond, arrange for transport to the starting point

At least one 15-minute uphill walk on unpaved and gravel terrain is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair