9 great activities for kids to do on St. Maarten / St. Martin
Published on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 by Kerry Biddle-ChadwickTags: 12 Metre Challenge, 9 great activities for kids to do on St. Maarten, Aquamania Adventures, Butterfly Farm, caribbean, Dive Safaris, Martial Arts, Rhino Safari Excursions, Sea Trek, St Maarten, St Martin, Tiki Hut Snorkel Park, Tree Top Adventure
Vacationing with your family on St. Maarten / St. Martin? This beautiful Caribbean island of two nations offers loads of fun things to do for children of all ages. Here are 9 great activities for kids to do on the island, from treetop adventures, to dive safaris and sailing fun.
12 Metre Challenge
Experience the thrill of sailing on one of the famous America’s Cup racing yachts for an America’s Cup race around Great Bay, Philipsburg. The race takes about 2.5 hours, so make sure that everyone is well protected against the sun. Children must be at least 12 years old, unless they have sailed before, in which case they can be younger if accompanied by an adult. No sailing experience necessary.
To book 12 Metre Regatta excursion visit www.12metre.com
Rainforest Adventures at St. Maarten’s Rockland Estate opened the world’s steepest zip-line in November 2017. Dubbed The Flying Dutchman, the zip-line drops 1050 feet over 2800 feet of cable and is a pure adrenaline rush at 56 miles per hour.
You’re taken up to the top of the mountain on the Souliga Sky Explorer, a tranquil 4-person chairlift ride delivering guests to the Crow’s Nest atop Sentry Hill for a 360° panoramic view over all of St. Maarten and stretching to St. Barth’s, Anguilla and Saba.
Don’t worry. If zooming back down the mountain on the zip-line at 56 miles per hour isn’t your thing, you don’t have to miss out on the spectacular views. You can still experience the Souliga Sky Explorer with a gentle round-trip ride.
To find out more about the Rainforest Adventures zip line and other attractions visit rainforestadventure.com
Take a look under the sea at life in an octopus’s garden. Children from six years old can learn how to snorkel and enjoy one of the many snorkeling spots on the island. Children ten and above can do a PADI dive course and become certified SCUBA divers.
For further information visit www.divesafarisstmaarten.com
An underwater, guided helmet experience in the shallows where not even your hair gets wet. See what goes on under the sea and be amazed by all of the tropical fish. Children must be 8 years old and over to join a Sea Trek tour.
To book visit www.seatrekstmaarten.com
Tiki Hut Snorkel Park
Ideal for family fun on the water, Tiki Hut consists of a series of floating platforms with fresh water showers and ample opportunity to snorkel for as long as you like. They have food onboard too.
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Take a fun boat ride out onto the Simpson Bay Lagoon to water bomb a wreck and then on to the Carousel Ice Cream Parlor for an ice cream and a ride on the carousel. They also have ‘The Playstation’, a floating playground of slides, swings, and climbing bars anchored off from their location in the Simpson Bay Resort.
To book visit: www.stmaarten-activities.com
Tree Top Adventure
Fly through the treetops at Loterie Farm. Take the family on a thrilling adventure in the rainforest canopy. Different levels for kids depending on height, not age.
Fly Zone: 1.30m (54in); Ti Tarzan (for smaller kids): 1.16m (45.70in); Xtreme Zip Line – not for the faint of heart: 1.3m (51.2in), age 18 or over. Qualified guides are in charge of the fun and safety.
To find out more visit: www.loteriefarm.com
Rhino Safari Excursions
A wonderful guided trip across the calm waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, out through the French bridge, past calm bays and on to Creole Rock in the St Martin Nature Reserve for a super snorkeling experience. Rhino Safari Excursions provides a fun family outing on inflatable boats. Children from around three upwards, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy the trip. There is a minimum age of 18 to be able to drive your own boat.
To book: rhinosxm.com
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for kids from four to 16 years old are held at 15 Wellington Road in Cole Bay. Kids who have never tried martial arts can join in and learn with the Renzo Gracie St. Maarten kids’ team. They are closed from the end of June to the beginning of September for summer break. For more information, contact: Melissa Bardfield, 1 721 580 3894 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.sxmbjj.com