Mountain biking is a great way to explore the island. Beginner and intermediate cyclists can ride the coastal trails from Cay Bay to Fort Amsterdam or Mullet Beach. More serious bikers can cruise the Bellevue Trail from Port de Plaisance to Marigot. Bring your bathing suit—along the way you can stop at Baie Rouge or Baie des Prunes for a dip. The bike trails to Fort Louis offer fabulous views. The most challenging ride is up Pic du Paradis. If you would feel better tackling this route with a guide, ask at one of the bike shops. Several locally known guides can help you make this trip.

Dutch Side

TriSport. Rental bikes here come with helmets, water bottles, locks, and repair kits. Rates are $20 per half day, $25 overnight, and $110 per week. A variety of guided bicycle tours focusing on hard terrain, or historical insight are offered for $49–$75. TriSport also rents kayaks and standup paddle boards, and arranges hikes, outings, and even triathlons. If you are on the French side, there is a location in Marigot. 14B Airport Rd., Simpson Bay, n/a St. Maarten. 721/545–4384;

French Side

Rent A Scoot. Rent A Scoot rents scooters for $60 per day. They also organize scooter tours of the island. 76 Welfare Rd, Simpson Bay, n/a St. Maarten. 721/580–5249;

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