Admire the charm of Philipsburg as a scenic drive takes you through the capital of the island’s Dutch side. Pass by key landmarks and quaint ‘gingerbread’ houses, then head north and pause to soak up the breathtaking view of the sweeping, white shore at the palm-fringed Orient Bay.

In Marigot, the capital of St Maarten’s French region, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own. So, feel free to browse the little shops for local handicrafts and souvenirs, or simply sit outside a pavement café and watch the world go by at the typically relaxed Caribbean pace.

Board the Explorer double-decker catamaran at Simpson Bay and cruise out onto the still, glistening water of the huge lagoon. Bask in the sun on deck as the crew point out famous spots on land, and sip drinks from the open bar as you sway to the sounds of Caribbean music.

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