Sint Maarten has become famous over the years due to Maho Beach which is located right behind the airport. It’s here where you can take that super Instagrammable shot of a plane flying over you. Yet, there is so much more to do in Sint Maarten – there are many other beautiful beaches to see, little islands to discover and some fantastic Sint Maarten boat tours too.
This island has a rich history which led to the island being shared between the Dutch and French. After several wars in the West Indies between the Dutch, French, British and Spanish, it was eventually divided into two parts. Nowadays, you can travel between the two regions of the island. There is no hard border, only national flags mark the different areas.
The French half is called Saint Martin. I know that sounds confusing but when you arrive here you’ll learn the difference very quickly. Anguilla is also nearby and it makes for a great day trip or addition when in Saint Martin. You can easily take a boat across the Anguilla Channel to explore this island on a day excursion or move between the islands with ease.
Sint Maarten is located in the heart of the Caribbean, so if you plan on sailing through these islands there is no doubt that it will feature on your itinerary. With the Virgin Islands to the west and Saint Kitts and Nevis to the southeast, you will be spoilt for choice when sailing through this region.
Boomerang Boat Charters in Sint Maarten
Ideally, you want to stay in Sint Maarten for at least a week or two. That way you can hunt out all of the best beaches and take a couple of amazing boat tours with the crew at Boomerang Boat Charters. These guys are a 5-star rated boat tour agency located in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten (109 5-star reviews on Google and 484 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor).
Boomerang Boat Charters offer a variety of ways to explore the islands. Firstly, they have a “3 Island Adventure” which takes guests to Creole Rock, Tintamarre and Pinel Island, as well as Mullet Bay. If you plan on stopping off in Sint Maarten on a cruise ship then this is the perfect tour for you. It’s a full-day, seven hour trip which takes you all away around the island.
Adventures on this boat tour include snorkeling at Creole Rock, snorkeling with turtles at Tintamarre, swimming throughout the day and enjoying a Caribbean style BBQ with access to a full bar onboard. It’s a common occurrence to spot turtles, eagle rays and dolphins on these trips.
Pinel Island is a highlight along the way too with its amazing colony of iguanas. And of course, no vacation to Sint Maarten is complete without capturing a few fun photos at Maho Beach, AKA “Airplane Beach”. These planes fly super close to the beach and it’s a pretty unique experience. The friendly crew at Boomerang will help you take the best photos for sure!
The final stop is Mullet Bay, the most beautiful beach in Sint Maarten. This beach is a nice alternative to “Airplane Beach” as it’s much less crowded and is more pleasing on the eye with perfect soft sand and crystal clear water. 3 Island Adventure is an action-packed day – it combines many highlights of the island into one wonderful full-day boat tour.
Visiting Anguilla with Boomerang Boat Charters
Another boat trip that tops the list of the best boat tours in Sint Maarten is Boomerang Boat Charters’ tour to Anguilla. The main stops on this tour are Prickly Pear Island, Little Bay and Sandy Ground. Anguilla is somewhat of a hidden gem – that is to say, not many people know about it but those who do really fall in love with the island and want to keep it a secret.
Located only a few miles North of Sint Maarten, it would be silly not to visit this beautiful destination while you have the chance. The vibe on the island is super chill and the beaches are some of the best in all of the Caribbean. Prickly Pear Cay offers amazing snorkeling opportunities and this will be just one of many highlights on the eight hour journey with Boomerang.
But it’s actually Little Bay which is the number one recommended spot with the crew at Boomerang. They have a “snorkeling with turtle guarantee”! And this is one experience to tick off your list. If you have never swum with turtles then this is your chance. Lunch is provided at Sandy Ground and it normally includes ribs, fish, salad and coconut curry slaw.
The only thing to keep in mind about Anguilla is the border policy. Currently, the borders to Anguilla are closed and so Boomerang Boat Charters can’t fully run this trip until the country is open again. We hope it won’t be too long as Anguilla truly is a little slice of Caribbean paradise.
More Boat Tours in Sint Maarten – Private Charter
Choosing a private charter gives you plenty of options of where to go on your boat tours in Sint Maarten. You can cruise around the island, head out to Anguilla or even venture to St. Barths for the day. Call up the coordinator at Boomerang and together you can organize an epic trip.
St. Barths is fantastic. This island oozes luxury and is home to some of the world’s best luxury retailers. The architecture here is also unique. You will be able to see the red-roofed villas from afar. And the beaches are just as spectacular as any other Caribbean island, so it’s definitely worth a visit. A private charter is a nice way to spoil your partner or celebrate a birthday!
Tips for Boat Tours in Sint Maarten
As mentioned, try visiting Sint Maarten for at least a week. You won’t get bored here even if all you want to do is relax at the beach. For places to stay, the area around Mullet Bay Beach and Maho Beach is probably best. There are plenty of amazing hotels, resorts, airbnbs and hostels to choose from.
One of the most important tips for Sint Maarten is to rent a car. The island is small but not small enough to be able to walk everywhere you want to go. Hiring a car gives you the freedom and flexibility to discover the island at your own pace, and on your own terms. It’s definitely worth paying for.
The best time of year to visit is between the months of November and June. Summer in Sint Maarten means there is a higher chance of unpredictable weather and even hurricanes passing through. November to June will give you the confidence to book your boat tours in Sint Maarten without having to worry about an unexpected downpour or storm.
Onboard the Boomerang boats, there is plenty of shade but still bring sunblock, a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the reflection. Boomerang boats also have a toilet onboard (unlike other boat tours in Sint Maarten) and lots of space to move around and feel comfortable.
The final thing to know is that Boomerang Boat Charters offer Signature cocktails on the boat, made right before your eyes. Some of the best cocktails include: Golden Sands, Hand Shaken Captain’s Ration Rum Punch and Tinta Margarita. So sit back, have a drink and enjoy the tours!