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Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten

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Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten
Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Philipsburg during this 3-hour guided cycling tour. Leave the casinos and jewelry stores of St Maarten's capital behind to learn about the city's history as a strip of sand between the Great Salt Pond and the Great Bay. Visit historical sites like the Philipsburg Courthouse and St Maarten's oldest inn. Pedal up to Fort Amsterdam for spectacular hilltop views of the Great Bay. Use of bicycle and safety gear is included on this tour.
  • 3-hour tour of Philipsburg by bicycle
  • See the historic highlights of St Maarten’s capital, including the Philipsburg Courthouse, Passangrahn Hotel and Fort Amsterdam
  • Learn about the city’s rich history from an informative guide
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
  • Riders of all skill levels will enjoy this tour
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Professional guide
Use of bicycle
Use of helmet
Bottled water
One cold beverage (water, soda, beer or rum punch)
Gratuities
Food
Hotel pick up and drop off

Departure Point

Saint Martin, 79 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Sint Maarten

Your tour starts at the Cruise Terminal near the statue of Peter Stuyvesant. Look for your guide and bikes nearby. If you are staying on the island you can park at Bobby’s Marina and enter the cruise ship terminal via the EDC Parking lot. Wait for us by the big white tent.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Philipsburg cruise terminal to meet your group and cycling guide. After a brief safety orientation, get fitted for a bicycle and safety gear. After you practice a little bit go get comfortable, follow your guide into the streets of Philipsburg.

Visit the Passangrahn Hotel, the oldest inn in St Maarten, and learn about its colorful history and West Indian architecture. In the center of town, see the Philipsburg Courthouse on Front Street and Captain Hodge's Wharf.

Leaving downtown, pedal up Little Bay Hill, which affords views of Great Bay, Little Bay and the whole of Philipsburg from the top. Feel free to hop off and walk your bike up the challenging hill. 

Pedal through the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to reach Fort Amsterdam, perched out on a peninsula. Built in the 17th century, this fort was the first belonging to the Dutch in the whole Caribbean. Learn about the many battles between the Spanish and Dutch fleets that took place here in the 1600s. The site offers panoramic views of the city and Great Bay. 

Cycle along a pleasant boardwalk back to the Philipsburg cruise port, where your tour will end after 3 hours.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Maarten Bike Tours - TriSport
You will start your tour inside the Cruise Ship Terminal, familiarizing yourself withe the bike before heading out.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pointe Blanche
You will follow your guide towards Pointe Blanche, stopping to view the distant island of St. Barths and learning some of its history.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philipsburg
Head along the oceanfront Boardwalk of Philipsburg with its bustling shops and cafes, and its scenic views of Great Bay. Your first stop will be at the Old Court House to learn about St. Maarten's political divide.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philipsburg
Next head to the Freedom Fighter's monument, Carnival Village, Back Street's market place, and finally back to the Boardwalk for a refreshing drink and dip on the ocean.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tri-Sport
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Historical Philipsburg Bike Tour in St Maarten.

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star-5
Friendly and enjoyable tour
ElbaL_B
, Nov 2021
Great tour with great guides!! We enjoyed very much not just the biking, but the history and the kindness. We recommend this tour for fun and ti learn a bit mire about the island.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Much appreciated to have taken the time to write about your experience. Hope to see you again some day.
star-5
Great
Stuart_S
, Nov 2021
We met Marci for our ride , she was waiting for us . The tour was excellent and we a got not only the historical aspect, but also experienced the vibe of the city . Marci is an excellent tour guide . Stuart and Debra
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Many thanks for taking the time to write about our bike tour folks. Hope you might want to experience another one of our sports tours on your next visit to SXM.
star-4
Very Good
Chris_V
, Aug 2021
We really enjoyed having Marci as our tour guide: she was courteous, knowledgeable, and took us to some interesting sights and provided a good narrative. Two areas for improvement: 1) wish we had more time to explore the Boardwalk and shops. 2) Logistics - tour company told us to meet at a restaurant, but our guide was looking for us in the parking lot. We missed each other for 30 mins and only got a 2.5 hour tour instead of 3. Disappointed that we were penalized for it even though it wasn't our fault.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour, and I will pass on the information to Marci. I'm very sorry about any confusion on the meeting location, however. We had said the parking lot of the restaurant, but we should have looked for you inside when we didn't see you. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a review and I hope you will try one of our other tours next time with an extra drink on us!
star-5
Bicycle tour
John_R
, Feb 2021
Pablo is a very informative and made us feel most welcome We had very high-quality bikes which are easy to ride
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thanks John for have taken the time to review! We are a bicycle shop with tour department and therefore bikes get well attended. Yours in sports.
star-5
Biking with Stories
Peter
, Feb 2020
This is a great tour. Easy for novice bikers, lots to see, and Jenel, our very friendly tour guide, was a wealth of amazing stories about the Friendly Island. We’ve been coming here for years but it took another bike-riding family members not find this and suggest we do it. We’re so please it happened!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Peter, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I will certainly pass on your positive review to Jenel, who loves sharing his knowledge of St. Maarten
star-5
Bike tour of Philipsburg
Kimberly_F
, Jan 2020
Had a great bike ride with Benson. Lots of info on the island and history. Very enjoyable and Benson was a great host.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Many thanks for the time to write the review, will make sure Benson gets the kudos.
star-5
Great Bike tour in and around Philipsburg
Joachim_v
, Dec 2019
I had planned this tour via internet a couple of weeks before we reached St. Maarten. We arrived at the agreed time close to the main pier and our guide Jenel was already expecting us. The bikes were bigger then usual which is exactly what I ordered as we are both 2m tall. Our guide Jenel proved to be very knowledgable and funny. He showed us nice spots on the Island and gave us many background information in an interesting and entertaining way. The three hours tour was time well spend and we particularly wanted to thank Jenel for showing us the city.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your great review, which I have shared it with Jenel. And we are all very happy you enjoyed your tour :)
star-5
Really Great ride around Sint Maarten
Rick_E
, Jan 2019
Benson and his associate were super! Very knowledgeable about the island, they showed us a lot of great spots. Not a difficult ride.....They kept the bikers safe since cars, trucks and bikes all share the road, but we never felt uncomfortable. Good amount of time spent near beaches, and the drink at the end was a nice topper!
star-5
This was a nice way to see...
karnofsky
, Nov 2017
This was a nice way to see Philipsburg and learn about its history. Guide was very friendly, well organized, and kept the small group safe and together. There's one very steep heart-pumping hill on a busy street. We made it up, but you can walk it if need be. My wife and I try to take bike tours wherever we go. Its a good way to see the highlites and meet some locals. You don't have much time to enter museums or shops, but once you see something interesting, you can always go back on your own on another day. Much better than a bus tour or walking in a large crowd listening through headphones. This tour was a perfect way to enjoy a nice day.
star-3
The tour guides were nice, but the...
Dorene T
, Jun 2017
The tour guides were nice, but the ride is limited. Excellent historical information, but if you like to ride, you might be disappointed

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