Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten has a French-Dutch history, which also results in 2 different names for the island. On the Dutch side it’s called Saint Maarten, with the historical city Philipsburg as a duty free shopping paradise combined with several things to see. Saint Martin, on the French side, is mostly known for its gourmet caf├ęs and its incredibly long coastline.

Things to see and do

  • “Bubba” Fishing Tour
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Columbier
  • Friar’s Bay beach
  • Glassbottom boat Seaworld Explorer
  • Golden Eagle catamaran tour
  • Lotterie Farm Hidden Forest
  • Marigot, the French capital
  • Mountain bike adventure
  • Orient Bay beach
  • Pic Paradise
  • Philipsburg, the Dutch capital
  • Pinel Island
  • Shipwreck Cove
  • Simpson’s Bay Lagoon
  • Snorkling


A lot of possibilities to shop in Sint Maarten (all duty free!). You can do this in Downtown, but also in the Harbourside Village. A small list of the stores you can find there (not complete of course!):

  • Diamonds International
  • Tanzanite International
  • Milano Diamond Gallery
  • Effy Jewelers
  • Watch & Design
  • Colombian Emeralds International
  • Venetian Sophia Fiori Boutique
  • Venetian Design Gallery
  • Majesty Jewelers
  • Shivas Gold & Gems
  • Kay’s Fine Jewelry
  • Princess World Jewelers
  • Joe’s Jewelry International
  • Art of Time
  • Diamond Direct
  • Omni Jewelers
  • GoldFinger Jewelry
  • “That Yoda Guy” at Planet Paradise: Star wars memorabilia & personalised Caribbean maps (e.g. with the ship, marriage date, …)
  • Guavaberry Emporium: local specialties like rum, Guavaberry liquor, Guavaberry-papaya BBQ sauce
  • Linens Galore: table cloths, handkerchief and placemats
  • The Belgian Chocolate Box by Beatrix
  • Del Sol: everything you buy here is in black and white (t-shirts, sunglasses, …) and colors in the sun
  • Boolchand’s: electronics (ipod, phones, cameras, …) and juwelry

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