4/5 - Good
Verified travelerOct 9, 2019
We only went at night for dinner. Its a town for cruise ships.
As the capital, the town of Philipsburg is one of the main commercial and cultural hubs of Sint Maarten. It has a shopping street, a thriving port and an array of white-sand beaches. Wander along the beachside roadway for captivating sights, great shopping opportunities and excellent views of the Caribbean Sea.
Get a sense of the local culture and history with a trip to the Museum of Sint Maarten. Learn through the intriguing exhibits about the island’s past slavery, its salt industry and its first inhabitants, known as the Arawaks. A few blocks northwest is the Cyrus Wathey Square in the heart of the waterfront shopping district. Relax on a bench to rest your feet and watch people going by.
The main attraction of the square is the historic Philipsburg Courthouse. Gaze up at the pineapple that marks the top of the building. The structure is part of the national flag. Admire the colonial style of the off-white façade, which serves as a scenic backdrop in photos of the plaza.
Stroll along the famous Front Street and browse the many quaint and independent shops lining the streets. Note that much of the shopping on the island is duty free.
Enjoy the year-round hot weather with a trip to the beach. The dry season runs from January through June. Choose from the main urban beaches and Little Bay Beach, a little southwest of Philipsburg. Despite its name, this beach is particularly long and serene. Travel to the town’s eastern outskirts to reach Guana Bay Beach via nature trails.
The town is on the Dutch southern half of the island of Saint Martin in the eastern part of the Caribbean. Fly to the Princess Juliana International Airport, which is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the Caribbean. Travel in the town on minibuses and vans, which can take you around the entire island in about 90 minutes.
Philipsburg is a Caribbean treat, with busy shopping avenues and excellent beaches.
Shopping, Beaches and Islands
Meet the local birdlife, see rare snakes and lizards or relax as the kids play on the island’s biggest playground in this animal park in Philipsburg.
The picturesque shores of this tranquil bay provide a great opportunity to escape the crowds and jump in the crystal clear water for surfing or swimming.
The remains of the first Dutch military base in the Caribbean offer stunning views across the ocean and over the town of Philipsburg behind it.
Three exciting experiences in one excursion! Each adventure begins in the restored plantation house originally built in the 1700s. The Museum tells the powerful story of Trace Wilson, who was born into slavery, and her direct descendant Emilio Wilson.
Join Eagle tours for ONE EXCLUSIVE SAIL and SNORKEL and SIGHTSEEING tour leaving from Simpson Bay. The destination will be Prickly Pear Keys, with a second stop in Anguilla at Meads Bay or Cove Bay, depending on the wind direction “Because we are sailing“.
A top-to-bottom tour with two exciting experiences in one excursion. Take in the amazing views as you glide to the top of one of St. Maarten’s highest mountains on the Sky Explorer. Then hop back on the Sky Explorer to the Schooner Ride where you’ll surf down the mountain in an inner tube.
The most exciting new thrill rides in St. Maarten!Each adventure begins in the restored plantation house originally built in the 1700s. The Museum tells the powerful story Trace Wilson who was born into slavery and her direct descendant Emilio Wilson.
Experience St. Maarten’s newest attraction, the Sky Explorer chairlifts. Take a tranquil ride up two lifts spanning a total of 2,997 ft. as the landscape unfolds below. A spectacular panoramic view on top of one of St. Maarten’s highest mountains await you.
Your crew will greet you at the Skipjack's dock (Simpson Bay) at 4:45pm and take you to the yacht via tender. Once on board you will be offered drinks and hear a brief safety talk. The First Mate will let the boat off the mooring and the Captain will motor out of the Bay.
AlisaAug 4, 2019
It was beautiful