For Land Lovers

St. Maarten/St. Martin is packed with land-based activities for everyone to enjoy.


St. Maarten/St. Martin is famous for its 37 beaches, but if you’re more of a landlubber, don’t throw in the towel.


There’s much more to this tropical paradise than sun-soaked shores. Swing a club, lob a tennis ball, ride a bike, go on a hike. Active types will have no trouble enjoying themselves, without ever getting wet. Here are just some of your options.



With its varied terrain and attractions, the island is a magnet for hikers, walkers and runners. Awaiting you are well-marked paths affording stunning views of verdant hills and sandy shores. Circle the island or set your sights on any of several trails leading to Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), nearly 1,400 feet above sea level.


Horseback Riding

Saddling up is one of the best ways to see a different side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Picture yourself cantering along a foamy coast on the back of a gentle steed, then climbing gradually on a track through gorse and cactus plants until you reach a plateau 400 feet above an ocean teeming with pleasure boats and cruise ships. Discover hidden coves and pristine waterfalls as you’re horsing around. You can even take a “swim” with your new equine pal in the shallow waters off a scenic beach. You can do all of that and more at Lucky Stables in Seaside Nature Park.



Head for the 18-hole, par-70

Mullet Bay Golf Course. Designed by architect Joseph Lee and sculpted around a tranquil lagoon, the course is the island’s only option for full-play action. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging and fun. Swing away!



If pedaling puts a smile on your face, get ready to grin. This island boasts miles of trails perfect for bikers. Stunning ocean views and spectacular hillside scenery reward those who take on part of or the entire 35-mile-long road that encircles the island. Sign up for a group ride. Coast leisurely through the French flatlands or along seaside trails from Cay Bay to Fort Amsterdam and Mullet Beach. Serious cyclists may want to tackle the Bellevue Trail from Port de Plaisance to Marigot, or tighten their hamstrings on a challenging ride to Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), the island’s highest point. If, on the other hand, you’re more in the mood for a relaxing ride, take your two-wheeler to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Hungry for more? TriSport is more than a bike shop. Rent your ride, take a tour or catch an event.



From sedans and scooters to motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, you’ll find plenty of pathways to driving fun, on and off the beaten path. Sign up for a Segway excursion on the Dutch side. Rent a car at Dollar Thrifty and tour the island at your own pace. Or bypass the byways and tackle the terrain on all-terrain vehicle at Johnny’s Scooter Rental.



Um… we mean football. Both Dutch and French sides of the island support national football (soccer) teams that compete in cups sponsored by CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). Catch a match and cheer along with locals.



Several resorts on the island maintain quality courts. The American Tennis Academy, on the French side, is open daily, features two lighted courts, and offers structured programs, lessons, clinics and rentals for juniors and adults of every skill level.



Get fast and furious (in a nature-loving way) at Rainforest Adventures at Rockland Estate, a park dedicated to environmental preservation. Glide to St. Maarten’s highest point on the Sky Explorer, then go flying back down the mountain on the world’s steepest zip line, The Flying Dutchman. Re-ascend and take the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge, enjoying stunning views of beautiful St. Maarten. Then your top-to-bottom tour finishes with the Schooner Ride, sending you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube.



These options should be enough to keep you busy — for today. Just don’t wear yourself out.  There’s always tomorrow — and the sunny day sure to follow.