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Dive into a world of youthful wonder on St. Maarten/St. Martin.


By Alita Singh



Treasured family moments become priceless during vacations, offering a unique opportunity to craft enduring memories and share joyful experiences. With its enchanting offerings, St. Maarten/St. Martin stands as the perfect destination for you and your loved ones to create lasting bonds amid unforgettable adventures.



Embrace the local customs and infuse your family time with extraordinary enjoyment. Like the island’s residents, numerous families gravitate to the beach on weekends and holidays. They also relish the activities their island offers, from hiking and swimming to simply basking in the rejuvenating warmth of the sun. Below, you’ll find a selection of island activities suitable for both the young and the young at heart.



Bird’s-Eye View


Experience the thrill of conquering the world’s most daring zip line, The Flying Dutchman, at Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten. Begin your adventure with a chairlift ascent to the top of the hill, then embark on an exhilarating descent. For those seeking a more heart-pounding journey, take on the peak-to-peak zips. If you’d rather descend from the heights in a different style, hop on the Schooner, a high-speed tube ride that will whisk you to the base.



Walk the Plank


Delve into the captivating saga of Jack Rackham, one of the most formidable pirates ever to roam the Caribbean Sea, at The Rusty Parrot in Philipsburg. Immerse yourself in his adventures and tales. It’s a swashbuckling experience that will leave a lasting impression on the young ones.



Sea Fun


Creole Rock is a rock formation with a vibrant reef teeming with marine life. It is a fantastic spot for snorkeling. You can explore this underwater world by joining Aqua Mania’s Sand Dollar Adventure snorkeling tours. As a prelude to your underwater journey, glimpse the world beneath the surface by snorkeling from any of the island’s beautiful beaches.


On Two Wheels


Exploring the island on a bicycle is a unique way to take in the sights. Whether you prefer on-road or off-road adventures, Tri-Sport offers tours that provide families with a thrilling challenge and a chance to strengthen bonds. How about experiencing a triple delight? Opt for the historical bike ride through Philipsburg, where you can immerse yourself in the island’s history, revel in its picturesque vistas, and get a satisfying workout.


Feathered Friends


Give your children the opportunity to encounter real parrots and other tropical birds at Parotte Ville, located on Bishop Hill Road. This park is a sanctuary for numerous exotic bird species, such as sun parakeets, ring-necked parakeets, black-headed caiques, and many others. While there, stroll through the medicinal garden and discover the fascinating world of local remedies.



Make a Splash


At Float-N-Splash Waterpark near Great Bay Beach, you’ll find more than just water. Challenge your agility and speed on the Caribbean Sea’s most exciting inflatable floating obstacle course. Children aged six and older are invited to join with adult supervision.


Water Babies


Le Galion Beach, fondly called “Baby Beach,” has shallow waters that are an ideal haven for young swimmers. It’s nature’s own kiddie pool. This is the perfect spot to create those cherished first beach memories or relive old ones. Don’t forget to pack some snacks or a picnic, along with beach towels and sunscreen, for a fantastic day by the sea.


Explore More


Taking a leisurely beachfront stroll is an ideal way to unwind, and it’s a cherished tradition among the island’s residents. As a family, you can enjoy this experience at two exceptional locations: the Marigot waterfront and the Boardwalk in Philipsburg. On the Boardwalk, make time to run through the fountain at Walter Plantz Square on one end or challenge each other at the beach gym on the other end.





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