St Maarteen is a small island and not a whole lot to offer if you arrive there from a cruiseship. With that said, the trip started at 9am from the port and we're back to the port at 2.30pm, and the ship didn't leave the port until 6.30pm.
The guide we tour with was great, gave just enough information for us to have better understanding of the island; The van was clean and accommodating with plenty of drinks in the cooler.
We stopped at the "Iguana Farm", which is a tiny pond with few iguanas. The farm is under construction which I think they will start charging the tourists just a matter of time, and you should skip this place and save 30 minutes.
Orient Beach: we're given 1 hour. We're dropped off at the section where there's free shower (one stall). Kids like being on the beach at last, but way to short. The section where we spent that hour was narrow and rather steep going into the sea. The beach isn't impressive, probably because I've been to Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach.
Next stop was a vantage point (forgot the name, but a forgettable place) of open sea with a guy handing you a couple of sea urchins to hold. Again you can skip this stop and save you another 20 minutes.
At Marigot, which was about lunch hour, we're given 1 hour to explore and have lunch, which was again way too short.
Then we moved on to Maho Beach. We're lucky enough to see a 747 taking off, but that area is way overcrowded and not safe for the kids anyway, so we only spent time to finish our lunch that we bought at Marigot. At 2pm sharp, we got back into the van and sent back to the port.
So overall there's nothing wrong with the van nor the guide, but as an afterthought I should have told the guide when the ship would leave so we got to spend more time at Orient Beach and Marigot, or even walk around in Dutch side's downtown. For those who are reading this review and arrive on cruiseship, consider this your "cab" and budget 1.5 hrs per stop for your time there.
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