St Martin and St Maarten Activities and Nightlife
Zip line and Sky explorer adventures – Emilio Wilson Estate, Sint Maarten
|The most exciting new rides in the eastern Caribbean! Glide to the top of St. Maarten’s highest point on the Sky Explorer where a 360-degree vista includes neighboring islands. Fly high on the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge enjoying the stunning views then enjoy the Sky Explorer back down. You will be guided to the plantation house, built in the 1700s, to learn the powerful story of Trace Wilson, born into slavery on the estate in 1818 and his descendant Emilio Wilson who purchased the property to educate current and future generations about the conditions of plantation life as well as the customs, traditions and history of St. Maarten, “The Friendly Island.”|
|Embark the Sky Explorer for the approximately 25-minute ride to the top of Sentry Hill, St. Maarten’s highest elevation at 1,125 feet. A series of platforms encircle the mountaintop showcasing 360-degree views of the whole island including vistas of neighboring islands Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barts and Anguilla.|
You will be escorted on a brief walk to the transfer station. After an orientation, you will put on your safety equipment and harness system for your exhilarating Sentry Hill Zip Line flight over the mountain ridge.
For more information: https://www.rainforestadventure.com/pages/stmaarten
Guided Birding Tours – St Maarten
|If you are interested in birding I highly recommend a day trip with guide Binkie van Es. He is a Caribbean Birding Trail level 4 certified guide who loves sharing his passionate for his islands nature , history and culture.|
Binkie offers a birding tour where he picks you up and take you around both sides of the Island for 5-6 hours. The regular capacity is 3 persons , but more people will be possible on special request. Within his rate drinks and energy snacks are included. If you would like to make it a family event he can organize a special day with your children with help of the BirdSleuth program from Cornell University. He has been specially trained in doing this and you and your children will have a great day learning all about birds.
For more information: http://www.sintmaartenbirding.com
Captain Alan’s boat Charters – Oyster Pond Marina – St Maarten
|Escape the crowds to the lesser visited locations of St. Maarten for the best snorkeling, astonishing beaches, exciting boat rides, lots of fun, drinks, music. Captain Alan and his awesome crew leave delay from their Oyster Pond Marina location (at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort). Their high quality 30-38ft offshore powerboats with powerful twin 225/250/300hp engines takes you in style and comfort. They offer 4 and 6 hour trips as well trips around the island of St Maarten and to Anguilla. Visit to the exotic beaches of Pinel Island and Tintamarre with their great atmosphere, great views, where you will chill out and enjoy our awesome freshly made French bread sandwiches with Gouda cheese,salami and more.|
|Tintamarre is an uninhabited 2.5 square miles island with an awesome beach and magnificent views. First you will dip in, snorkel and swim with the turtles. Then they end up on the beach and enjoy this incredible spot, a real paradise. Pinel Island is a delight. There is a very cool Tiki beach bar at this exotic location with great food and drinks under swaying palms. This was formerly a tiny French penal colony, from where it derives it’s name and it’s now an exquisite little beach hangout, with great views & fantastic swimming in waist deep water, especially nice for kids. This is the trip with the personal touch and a lot of fun for everybody. They teach you about nature, how to snorkel and are around you in the water so we make sure you see the best and to make the snorkeling a safe one. Their quality snorkeling equipment and life jackets, make this trip a great and safe experience for the young and “older”. Their vessels have music, comfortable seating for 14 -16 guests, an open cooler with water, sodas and beers and easy access /swim-ladders.|
Aqua Mania Adventures – Pelikan Key – Simpson Bay Resort – St Maarten
Aqua Mania offers a wide variety of boat trips to several destinations (St Barth, Saba, Anguilla, Prickly Pear Cay) They also have all the toys for water sports including a dive center to round off the package. Discover Scuba experiencefor a double dive on the reef sites of Mikes Maze and Proselyte.
Aqua Mania Adventures is located at the Simpson Bay Resort.
For details check: https://www.stmaarten-activities.com/en
Horseback Riding – Sea side nature park – Cay Bay – St Maarten
|Seaside Nature Park is an unique place on the small island of Sint Maarten. 30 acres of unspoiled nature awaits you, a stone’s throw away from the high density development that characterizes Sint Maarten. Surrounded on one side by the storage facilities for oil and water and a development project on the other side, the rustique facilities of the park will make you forget it all! They offer horseback riding, riding lessons and discover the farm.|
Lucky Stables at Seaside Nature Park offers a wide variety of tours and trail rides. Ride their horses peacefully along one of the many trails that span this beautiful island. Or ride with your horse into the sea and treat the animals to a cooling swim in the ocean! It is a must-have experience that you have to get off of your bucket list. Whether you are a beginner, advanced or expert horseback rider, anyone can come along. They will only walk with the horses by default, but if they have an advanced group they can gallop in the surf with their horses! Your guide will have the final decision in this.
|A former plantation, Seaside brings back the ‘old days’ to their visitors. The (Lucky) Stables, the kayaks, the trails, the beach hut, playground and pet farm and the small beach site offer a variety of activities for the whole family in a simple and unique set up.|
Almost all animals at Seaside are open for an encounter. Hand-feeding the ducks, petting the rabbits, admiring the peacock or watch the cow being milked or spotting the iguana, a joy for young and old. Not to mention what about these free roaming horses in the park.
|A private initiative, the park stands for the importance of education about nature. Preservation and environmental care are part of the objectives that are imbedded in our message:Care for Nature, Care for Sint Maarten!For more information: https://seasidenaturepark.com/|
Hiking – Fly zone – Lounge – Loterie Farm – French side
Loterie Farm is probably the only example on St. Martin of a private nature reserve. At Loterie Farm, they have made it their business to protect all 54 hectares of this beautiful countryside set deep in the interior of the island. Housed at Loterie Farm are the old residence of one of the former mayor’s of St. Martin and the former home of L.A. Fleming. Today their purpose and goal are to safeguard the history and environment amidst abundant trees and thousands of different species. To do that, they have opened the property to the public and invite people to enjoy the natural surroundings and participate in all the different activities they offer which covers everything from hiking their beautiful trails to riding one of our three Zip Line Adventures or relax around their pool.
The Red Piano Bar – Simpson Bay – St Maarten
The Dutch side of the island is definitely the place to be for those looking for nightlife and activities. The dutch side is also the part of where you can find casino’s (casinos are not legal on the French side.) The Red Piano bar in the heart of the Simpson Bay resort area is the most famous bar on the island. It is located the Hollywood Casino in Pelican Key. It offers fabulous entertainment nightly from a host of talented international performers. The first impression visitors get is priceless as they sit and enjoy the soothing music. With new and exciting performers every month, The Red Piano brings you the best live music entertainment on the island. Swing to the music of this popular after-dinner lounge, with its red grand piano; red-bordello mood lighting; and amazing cocktails. Your hosts Drew and 2016 Top 2 best bartender Marie, along with their team of skilled and attentive bartenders, are sure to make you feel like family. With a variety of more than 300 different spirits on its shelves and a great selection of beers and wines, Red Piano offers cocktails and drinks you won’t find anywhere else. The hospitality and friendliness of their bartenders will make you go back for sure.
Near the Princess Julianna International Airport the Sunset Beach bar is unique goofy fun. This gigantic beach bar is so close to the airport’s runway that revelers often purposely allow themselves to be blown over by jet blasts from departing super jets. The establishment announces arriving planes so guests can watch as the planes pass overhead closer than they’ve ever seen before in their lives. It is open for lunch, dinner and cocktails and you a great way to experience the excitement of watching the planes land and take off right above your head
Ocean Lounge – Front Street – Holland House Hotel
At cocktail time, the island’s power brokers, vacationers and visiting business people mingle at the Ocean Lounge. Some enjoy their drinks right at the bar, others prefer the comfortable outdoor seating with a privileged view over the action on the Boardwalk and the beauty of Great Bay.
On several evenings, the Ocean Lounge features live music of different styles – setting the mood with soothing tunes of Caribbean salsa, Reggae, Zouk and European Lounge. The bartenders know how to mix the perfect cocktail for a Caribbean night, from classics such as Pina Colada to special house cocktails.
There is an extensive wine list available, with a broad choice even for orders by glass. For the small appetite, there is a tapas menu offered with many mouth-watering snacks. Parking is available from 7 PM till 12 midnight. It’s across the street from the Hotel behind Joe’s Jewelry. You enter the lot via Back Street and will see a parking assistant and a Holland House banner. Parking is free of charge and exclusive for diners at our Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar.
Rhythm N’ Booze – Simpson Bay
Rhythm’n Booze Wine Bar and Lounge, located along the Welfare Road on Simpson Bay welcomes you to taste their wines, liquors, champagnes and homemade tapas. Rhythm’n Booze is a perfect place for an after work drink, a casual meet, or to spend some good time with your family and friends. Open daily from 5pm till …..
If you like to visit the casino’s the following 2 can be found in Front Street, Philipsburg. The Jump up Casino at the head of town offers a huge selection for slots machines. The Rouge et Noit further down is a fully featured beach front casinp where you can play slots, black jack, roulette and look over Great Bay with cruise ships in the back gound. The Hollywood Casino is also a full featured casino and is located in the center of Pelican Key. It is not large in size, but has a cozy quality about it.