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Families will see Greay Bay Beach when they walk off the docks. © St. Maarten Tourist Bureau
Families that dock at the Philipsburg port in St Maarten may be overcome by the beauty of the ocean. Once they walk off the docks and into Philipsburg, they will find plenty to do.

Attractions and Shore Excursions

Lottery Farm: This historic location was a sugar cane plantation in the early 18th century. It is home to thousands of different types of plants and multiple species of animals. Families will love the atmosphere that feels like a zoo without the cages.

Butterfly Farm: Opened in 1994, this is a great place to discover multiple types of butterflies in one place. It is one of the most spectacular places to go with a family.

The Old House: This is a great history lesson and a lot of fun for any family. There are period pieces of furniture on this site that was once a sugar cane plantation. In addition, visitors can experience what life was like several hundred years ago.

Child Friendly Dining

Cheri's Café: While some might find this a bit much for younger children, this is a great choice for families that have older children and teenagers. Featuring live entertainment and diner participation, Cheri's Café this is one of the best restaurants to go for anyone who wants fun and entertainment while dining.

Skip Jacks: Skip Jacks offers the best seafood on the island. There are many different choices and a little bit of something for everyone from the more exotic to the more simplistic. This is a great choice for families who need choice because of picky eaters.

Favorite Family Beaches

Orient Bay: Orient Bay is a busy popular happening beach. This choice is great for families that want on duty lifeguards and other families to meet and possibly children to play with. Orient Bay beach is the most famous on the island, but families should be aware it is located on the French side and therefore clothing is optional.

Cupecoy Beach: For those families wanting some quiet and alone time on the beach this is the best choice. Cupecoy Beach is like a hidden gem at sea with few other visitors and can even feel like one has their own private beach.

Best Family Shopping

Marigot Flea Market: The flea market is the place to be for anyone wanting to find some great shopping. It offers an eclectic mix of local made good and other discount products.

Adventures and Excursions

ATV tour: Riding on ATVs gives families a chance to see the entire island, visit beaches, go on trails and see some fantastic historical landmarks.

Snorkel and Kayak Adventure: Snorkeling is a great family excursion for the active family that is always looking for more. Familes also will find plenty of kayaking opportunities and the competitive energy that kayaking can bring.

No matter what active families enjoy the most, they are sure to find plenty a lot of fun when they are docked at St Maarten.

Many different adventures will make it a great choice and will ensure that families can enjoy their time together on St. Maarten.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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