If you are planning on making up an itinerary of Caribbean islands to visit by cruise ships, then you won’t want to miss out on checking out the fun things to do in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, many of which you can include on Southern Caribbean cruises featured by major lines.
1. A Beer-Bike Tour
While Philipsburg has a boardwalk, you won’t want to just walk around the city as you can also experience St. Maarten by bike, specifically a beer-bike tour. This tour, which features a party bike known as a pedibus, holds 14 passengers. Drink and peddle to your heart’s content while taking a city tour.
2. Bike around Philipsburg
Of course, you can also just bike around Philipsburg by bicycle as well, or on your own. You can take a break from walking or driving and take a cycling tour that comes complete with guides. Cyclists visit historical sites, including the Philipsburg Courthouse. Cyclists also can hike up a hill and take in a view of the ocean and city.
3. Da Party Bus Excursion
Another one of the fun things to do in Philipsburg is taking a ride on Da Party Bus. This colorful, one-time school bus has been artistically painted as well as had its windows taken out so tourists can experience a more “virtual” sight-seeing experience. Start the party with a rum punch.
4. Perfume-Making Tour
This fragrance excursion allows cruise-goers to take a 30-minute scenic ride to the French side of St. Maarten. Upon arrival at the perfume factory, visitors will get to see how perfumes are made and the steps that go into fragrance layering. Everyone gets a 1.8 oz. bottle of their own individually created perfume.
5. A Visit to Butterfly Farm and Orient Bay
Another one of the fun things to do in Philipsburg is to visit Butterfly Farm and Orient Bay. Highlights of the excursion include taking a 5 ½ hour trip from your cruise ship to visit a butterfly farm and the popular Orient Bay. Learn all about butterflies and relax on the beach.
6. Island Sightseeing
Counted among the fun things to do in Philipsburg is a 4 ½ hour sightseeing tour on St. Maarten. While this tour does not take place in all of Philipsburg, the city is the designated starting point. Explore the French (St-Martin) and Dutch (St Maarten) sides of the island and stop by such shorelines as Maho Beach and Grand Case beaches. You will also stop in the quaint French village of Marigot and visit the open-air craft market.
7. Pirates Day Cruise
Yet, another one of the fun things to do in Philipsburg is the Pirates Day Cruise. This tour will take you from your cruise ship to a bona fide pirate’s sailing vessel. Swashbuckling stories, a barbecue lunch, unlimited drinks and snorkeling are all included in the package.
The best Caribbean cruise tips above suggest island excursions that are too fun to bypass. Book any of the aforementioned tours today and get ready for a fun and memorable Caribbean holiday.
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