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  • Sightseeing, Tours Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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    3.0
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    2.0
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    5.0

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Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any other watersport you can imagine is easy enough to schedule, and many companies stand ready to take you out for the day. Since St. Martin is in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, it's also quite popular to visit other islands, such as Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.

Day sails or specialty boat tours that offer everything from eco-snorkeling to party-in-the-sun itineraries are quite common. Daysailing companies that receive excellent reviews from past visitors include Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and Captain Alan's Boat Charters.

Chartering your own boat can also be quite a treat, albeit a pricey one, but it gives you more privacy and generally more flexibility on where you go. St. Maarten Charters, which offers a variety of adventures and even offers overnight trips, earned rave reviews from recent visitors. Scuba diving is said to be incredible in St. Martin and recent visitors had great experiences with Dive Adventures and Dive Safaris, both of which offer introductory classes to diving, as well as packages for certified divers.

The St. Martin tourism board offers more information on the marinas and types of boats and tours travelers can book on its website

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#1 Orient Bay (St. Martin) Orient Bay Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Irma and is one of the places on the island that recent visitors said was a bit shocking to see, with most ... Read more » MsDivinity / Flickr

#2 Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any ... Read more » Photo ©Tan Yilmaz / Getty Images

#3 Cupecoy Beach (St. Maarten) Located on the island's southwest tip, Cupecoy is a set of three beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs. It's also the last beach on the Dutch side before crossing ... Read more » St. Maarten Tourist Bureau

#4 Loterie Farm (St. Martin) Visitors can hike, lounge in a pool cabana or even take a zip line through the treetops on the 135 acres of forest and farmland located near the foot of  ... Read more » Joe Klementovich / Getty Images

#5 Mullet Bay Beach (St. Maarten) Many call calm and quiet Mullet a decent alternative to the noise and sand blasts of Maho Bay, or to the crowds of the French side's Orient Bay. Along ... Read more » St. Maarten Tourist Bureau

#6 Friar's Bay (St. Martin) Friar's Bay, or Anse des Pères, has a more family-friendly atmosphere than some of the other scantily clad shores of St. Martin. That's because its crystalline waters have ... Read more » Steve Heap / Getty Images

#7 Dawn Beach (St. Maarten) Located just south of the Dutch/French border, Dawn Beach is famous for two things: One, the amazing sunrises that earned the shoreline its name. And two, clear water that ... Read more » steve conry / Flickr

#8 Front Street (St. Maarten) Shopping is great throughout the island thanks to its duty-free status, but the best bargains on jewelry, china, electronics and more are found on Front Street in Philipsburg (found on ... Read more » Patrice Coppee / Getty Images

#9 Maho Bay (St. Maarten) Are you looking to relax in tranquility? Keep looking – Maho Bay beckons to amateur photographers, aviation fanatics and curious thrill-seekers. The southwestern beach's fame is due to its unusual ... Read more » Chris Nelson / Flickr

#10 Pic du Paradis (St. Martin) You can drive or take a taxi up Pic du Paradis mountain's 1,492 feet for a heart-stopping view of all of St. Martin/St. Maarten, as well as ... Read more » SpVVK / Getty Images

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There's a constant hum of activity on Orient Bay, from parasailing and windsurfing, to the eating and drinking, to the live music and people-watching. MsDivinity / Flickr

Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Photo ©Tan Yilmaz / Getty Images

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