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“Good tour and Excellent customer service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Twin Island Excursions

Twin Island Excursions
St Maarten-St Martin
011-599-526-2341
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Ranked #21 of 94 activities in Sint Maarten
Type: Tours
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Racine, Wisconsin
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“Good tour and Excellent customer service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We did the St. Maarten Sights, Shopping and Sand tour during a Carnival Valor port stop on Feb. 16, 2013. The bus was comfortable, the tour guide welcoming and informative, and the tour provided a good overview for the first-time visitor to St. Maarten. Marigot was especially charming, and the 45-minute shopping stop provided a little time to either shop, find refreshments, or walk along the picturesque waterfront. The approximately 90 minute beach stop at Orient Beach was also nicely timed. I also want to put in a good word for the Twin Island staff, in terms of their customer service. I left my notebook (small paper variety) behind on the bus and didn't realize until the ship was about to sail that I was missing it. A call to Twin Island and ensuing search confirmed that the notebook was still there, and it was mailed to my home immediately!

Visited February 2013
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Cherokee Village
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“Excellent tour experience on the Party Bus!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My husband and I booked a tour with Twin Islands Excursions for our port stop in St. Maarten on January 28, 2013. The tour was "Sightseeing, Shopping and Sand". We were met by the friendliest tour guide! Jose (pronounced Joe-Say) met us with a hug and a huge smile. After the rest of the tourists joined us, Jose told us that his bus is called "The Party Bus" and thus began our excellent tour experience! As we drove through the Dutch side of the island over to the French side (St. Martin), Jose told many interesting stories about the history of the island, pointed out many beautiful and interesting sights and had lots of stories about some of the people on the island.
When we reached Marigot the shopping portion of our tour began. The most important part of that stop was the shop that allows anyone to make a free 2 minute call to anywhere. It was very nice to be able to speak with our son/business partner since we thought we would only be able to correspond by email. When I asked the clerk about making a call and told him that Jose recommended his shop, his response was "The Party bus?" It appears that many people on the island know and like Jose!
After the shopping portion of the tour, Jose asked how many people on the bus wanted to go to the beach and how many wanted to continue shopping. My husband and I were the only ones that wanted to go to the beach. Jose asked us if it would be OK to leave us at the beach for an hour and a half to two hours while he took the rest of the group back to the shopping area on the Dutch side. We thought that was a great idea!
He took us to Orient Beach and introduced us to some of his friends at one of the bars on the beach where you can also rent chairs/umbrella. Two chairs and an umbrella right where the sand met the water were ours for $7.00 with free drinks! Orient Beach was gorgeous! We had a wonderful time there and are looking at places to rent for a week next year!
About 90 minutes later Jose came and picked us up. Since we were now the only people on the bus we had Jose the tour guide all to ourselves. During the drive over earlier during the day, he pointed out all the iguanas in the top of the trees and bushes. My husband asked if we could stop to see one up close. Jose then took us to a construction site for a future wildlife refuge. My husband calls it "the iguana farm" now because there were lots of them there and you can walk right up to them. Very exciting!
We had a wonderful time on St. Martin/St. Maarten thanks in large part to Jose and "The Party Bus"!

Visited January 2013
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“Terrific tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We were fortunate, through referral from Liberty Inn, to find a comfortable, pleasant tour around St. Maarten. Our guide, Oliver was fun and most informative. Would recommend this company any time.

Visited February 2013
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evergreen, colorado
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“Excellent Service for Island Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Our group of eight was fortunate to hook up with Nel on our first day in St. Maarten. He filled all of our transportation needs, as well as coached us on attractions, restaurants, etc. He was always cheerful and fun, and we came to rely on his prompt service. Call Twin Island Excursions to find Nel...he'll take good care of you!

Visited November 2012
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“Excellent Boardwalk/Airport custom trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

My wife and I booked with Twin Island Excursions as transportation not as an actual tour. We had a cruise on the RCCL “Allure of the Seas” arriving in St. Maarten on January 24, 2013. We arranged for transportation from the ship to the Boardwalk/Beach area. This is a 5 minute ride. We stayed their two hours then went to the Princess Juliana Airport at the Sunset Beach Bar. This is a special airport where the planes fly over a small stretch of beach, a small two lane road and then the airport fence and runway. The planes fly right over you when they land. When they take off and you can get next to the fence or on the beach and feel the jet blast. See you tube for more about the airport.

We shopped and had fun for two hours at the Boardwalk area. Oliver then picked us up at the same meeting place and then we went to the airport and arrived in about 30 minutes. Oliver was a great driver and explained about the Island while going to and from the airport. After spending three hours at the airport beach area, Oliver then took us back to the ship in about 30 minutes, all at a reasonable price. They did an excellent job with the van transportation. They advised us when traffic may be bad on the Island and how much time to allow to get back to the ship on time. Whatever custom island adventure you have in mind, I am sure that they can make it happen. Email or call them, they were very helpful in advance of our trip. Twin Island did an exceptional job from start to finish. I can’t recommend these guys enough!

TIME
Keep in mind when booking with Twin Island that they go by local time. This is one hour ahead of ship or Eastern Standard Time (I think most ships stay on Eastern Time). So booking a 9:30am time for departure from the port means 8:30am ship time! Check with them to make sure about booking times.

Visited January 2013
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