Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Under Two Flags Island Drive
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 2 hours
Discover the two worlds of St Maarten/St Martin, from the Dutch capital of Philipsburg to the French capital of Marigot. The island has been shared by Holland and France since 1648.
Board a modern, air-conditioned motorcoach to enjoy the charm and romance of this scenic island. Departing Philipsburg, you will travel past the once-great salt pond and up Mount William Hill for a beautiful view of the Dutch capital and harbor.
Continue through the countryside towards the Dutch/French border, with only a monument to indicate that you have entered another country.
You will pass the district of Orleans -- once the capital of the French side. From Hope Hill, you will take in a spectacular view of Orient Beach, nearby Pinel Island, and St Barth's. Watch for Grand Case -- the island's gourmet capital -- and pass lovely beaches and typical, tranquil Caribbean villages.
Your first stop will be at Marigot, the French capital, where you will have 45 minutes of free time to browse at the outdoor food market, visit inviting sidewalk cafés, or shop at an array of duty-free shops.
As you journey through Cole Bay, stop at the International Look Out Point, where you will capture the magnificent view of the western side of the island, Simpson Bay Lagoon and neighboring islands.
Your tour ends back in Philipsburg. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.