March 19, 2018
Top Six Adventurous Activities in Anguilla, St. Bart’s & St. Maarten
Will these Caribbean destinations suit the adventurer in you?
1. Maarten – Zip lining
Get a zip-line driven adrenaline rush at Loterie Farm, home to the Fly Zone Xtreme, and close to the top of St. Maarten’s highest point Pic Paradis. The adrenaline rush received from this zip-line and obstacle course leaves you wanting more as you soar through the lush tropical canopy at thirty-five plus feet (35+) off the ground with incredible views of neighbouring islands.
The tour begins with a bus ride up the mountain and immediately sends you sailing over the treetops to get your heart immediately racing. There are obstacle courses for everyone – one for young people, young children and one for adventurers.
No reservation is possible for this activity, basically it’s a first come, first serve basis. It is recommended that people come either in the afternoon or on the weekends as there are often large groups from the cruise ships in the mornings.
The Fly Zone usually takes about 45-60 minutes to complete from start to finish and it is a continuous activity.
TUES-SUN from 9 am-3:30 pm
Closed on Mondays.
Rain Forest Adventures at St. Maarten’s Rockland has the world’s steepest zip-line – the Flying Dutchman. The zip-line drop 1050 feet over 2800 feet of cable at 56 miles per hour. Besides the thrill and excitement of the ride, visitors can experience amazing views.
Park opens at 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
On cruise days opens at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Last ticket sold at 3:30 pm
Final chair at 4:15 pm
Adults (Flying Dutchman) $99.00
Children (3-12 years) / Seniors(65 + years) (Flying Dutchman) $85.00
2. Anguilla – Horseback Riding
One of the most memorable activities to do in Anguilla is horseback riding at Seaside Stables to Cove Bay. The horses are friendly and gentle and therefore prior horse-riding skills are not needed. Sunset is a great time of the day to do this activity. It is a magical experience as you enjoy the sunset casting an orange glow in the sky, the warm sun kissing your skin, the sand and the sea. A John Wayne experience can be felt as the horses go up and over the rough, volcanic sea-rock at the very tip of Cove Bay, before turning into Maunday’s Bay.
3. St. Maarten – Off-Roading ATV Tour to Orient Bay
Enjoy the refreshing ocean air as you take to the trails, passing by glamorous vacation homes along the coast and stopping by the airport, where large planes land very close to a popular beach at the end of the runway. Ride across tracks and trails both on and off road that take you to uncrowded beaches, tree-covered hilltops, and jagged coasts around the Island. Drive your ATV along emerald green pastures, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as they graze along the hillsides. Ride over to Orient Bay and stop at the popular beach for a welcome drink, sunbathing, or swimming in the refreshing waters before your tour comes to an end.
Opens 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: USD$315.00 per couple
Know Before You Book
- Children 9 and younger are not allowed.
- Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- Drivers must be 16 or older and hold a valid driver’s license.
- If you are pregnant, you may not take part.
- At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
- You do not need previous ATV experience.
- If you have back, neck, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate.
- Combined weight must be less than 600 pounds (272 kg).
- You must present a valid driver’s license on the day of the activity.
- You will receive confirmation of your exact tour departure time when you call to confirm your reservation.
4. Anguilla – Little Bay
Little Bay is one of Anguilla’s most special and serene places. It is small magical beach that is tucked away and perfect for an adventurous person. It is an exclusive picture perfect location with azure waters and an unspoiled spit of shore surrounded by high cliffs.
There are two ways to get to this idyllic, remote beach… you can climb down by rope, or sail over by boat from Crocus Bay.
When you reach Little Bay and gaze around, the views are amazing and breath-taking as you are surrounded by beautifully layered limestone with all shades of corals and greys. The sand is a lighter contrast to the stone and then there is the glowing, brilliant blue of the sea. You can sit and watch the pelicans flying from the caves to the sea and back.
Since access to Little Bay is not easy, there are few persons on the beach. If you are lucky, you could have the place all to yourself for the day. From time to time you would get the occasional snorkeler’s that stop for a few minutes on boats.
No picture of Little Bay does it justice… It’s one of those places you just have to see for yourself.
5. St. Bart’s – Kite surfing at Grand Cul de Sac Beach
The shallow bay and clear waters of Grand Cul de Sac are ideal for water sports. Kite surfers congregate here and the nearby kite-surfing school offer lessons for those in need of a few tips. Windsurfing and kayaking are also popular in the lagoon. Grand Cul de Sac is protected by a reef, which makes this an ideal place for little children to play. (In fact, you can wade far away from the shore and still have your feet touch the sand.) After skimming the water, you can relax at one of the restaurants fringing the narrow beach.
6. Anguilla – Boat Racing
Boat racing runs deep through Anguilla’s heritage.
Today, Anguilla’s sail boats are not used for commercial trade. They are now the main attraction at the island’s biggest holidays, including August Monday, Easter Monday and Anguilla Day.
Here is a list of the Big Sail Boat Races
- Easter Monday (Easter Monday, leaves from Sandy Ground)
- Anguilla Day (May 30, leaves from Sandy Ground)
- Queen’s Day Boat Race (June, leaves from Crocus Bay)
- August Monday (first Monday in August, leaves from Sandy Ground)
- August Thursday (first Thursday in August, leaves from Meads Bay)
- Champion of Champions (Sunday following August Thursday, leaves from Sandy Ground)
Here is a link to the boat racing schedule: