Heights✅ . Adventure✅ . Ziplining✅ . Family Fun✅ . St. Maarten is remarkably gorgeous. I am so excited to share where to find a high flying adventure and a 360° view of St. Maarten. Come as a family, on a date, from a cruise ship, or the resorts, just make sure to experience this.
Your experience will begin in a chairlift (ski lift) and you will ascent to the top of. You won’t find a better view of St. Maarten anywhere on the island. Time here is well spent even if you are afraid of heights. There are history and photographic opportunities, and incredible zip lining opportunities that will meet your adrenaline rush needs.
Are you ready for awesome views from the summit deck and thrills that will have you talking about it months after you have left?
Where to Find High Flying Adventure and 360° Views of St. Maarten
Destination: Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten. Before I go on, I want to advise that this attraction was rebuilt after Hurricane Irma. TO clarify the hurricane’s impact on the island, let me briefly address this before I go on.
The first thing everyone keeps writing in and asking me is how is St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma. My answer, the Dutch Side is in far better shape than the French Side, however, the French side is rebuilding.
There are challenges here, from the government to the amount of work that humans can actually do to rebuild after such devastation, but they ARE Rebuilding St. Maarten, little by little.
Honestly, there are so many things to do in St. Maarten, if what you wanted to go to is closed, there are plenty of other options OPEN. As you can tell, we visited a lot of places and I have shared a lot of video to date. It tells the story well: Up, running and waiting for all of you!
Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten
Our journey began at 10:30 and we were dropped off for 11 AM right when Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten opened. That is definitely when I recommend going as it gets busier when the ships come in.
I knew that I would be overwhelmed by my fear of heights, but I had 4 other people in my family who are thrill-seekers so I obliged and we went. Do wear close-toed shoes and I suggest nothing that is too loose fitting.
To get to the zip lining action you ride a the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlifts to the top. If you chose the Schooner ride (it’s an inner tube that races down the hill) you can opt to get off and do that now, or after you zip line.
My family got on the lift and traveled the lift to the top, where they got off and experienced the Sentry Hill Zip Line. If you have not been zip lining before, this is a great place to try it. The kids were not screaming and they are really zip lining pros we do this everywhere we go.
I should mention that the equipment is all clean and well maintained. This is MJ and Niko on the Sentry Zip Line. You can see smiles ear to ear.
Of course not to be outdone by her adventurous, adrenaline-crazed brothers. Here’s Ms. Kallie, meeting them zip for zip.
To The Top ~ The Flying Dutchman
To get up to the WAY top, the Flying Dutchman, and the 360° viewing deck you need to take an additional chairlift. This is a pretty steep pitch, and I had difficulties with my fear of heights and coming back DOWN On this one.
However, to get to the top, this is the only way!
Once you arrive at the top, you can walk on the first tier of the deck. The views you see will simply be mind-boggling. Next, there are steps to the next level of the terrace. Here you will see farther, and you will get on to the Flying Dutchman.
Here is my crew, going down. They are that high up there. The drop will descents over 1050 feet. Heaviest will finish last if you go in a group, we learned that. I got lucky with the timing and caught them going down while I was riding the lift down. Great timing!
Down We Go
So, as I said, the way down is a steep pitch, and the lifts are slower than ski lifts. I think it took about 15 minutes to get up and to go down. This is the bridge path to the first lift to get to the next lift that will return you to the base and parking lot.
Unless of course there are people having issues getting on and off. Then, they stop the lift for a few seconds, to clear them from the loading and unloading zone.
I rode down because I did not attempt the Flying Dutchman, otherwise, I would already be at the bottom.
Whether you spend the day off the ship, or want to take a few hours away from your resort, you will find a great destination activity here. Capture views, and curb your appetite for adrenaline rushes here. Come early and spend the day. Your high flying adventure and incredible views await your arrival in St. Maarten. ~ DANA
My thanks to Rainforest Adventures for hosting my family.