Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours

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Simpson Bay

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Tour prices vary by company
Tour times vary by company

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Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 3.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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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