Philipsburg Port of Call
On St Maartin's Dutch side, the narrow water flanked port city Philipsburg has become one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. Grown from a Dutch colonial past the picturesque bay city has rebuilt as a tourist haven.
The most loved activities in Philipsburg are shopping and beaches, both offering a wide variety of options catered to tourists.
The Dr. A. C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility is a small city into itself. The cruise passenger service section, named Harbour Village and John Craane Cruise Terminal, consists of restaurants, shops and an entertainment centre so entertaining that some passengers don't ever leave the cruise terminals. Four cruise liners can dock at once although sometimes additional cruise ships anchor in the bay and tender passengers to the Tender Jetty.
Water taxis from the cruise terminal will take passengers to the centre of Philipsburg. Waiting government regulated taxies are readily available from just outside the cruise terminal and can take passengers around the island including the French side. Philipsburg is small enough that it is easily walkable.
Philipsburg is almost one large market, making shopping a favourite and endless endeavour for the dedicated deal finders. The Island's other love is for beaches with an expansive sandy stretch Simpson Bay, a secluded Cay Bay and Cupecoy, a popular Mullet Bay, and a unique beach at Simpson Bay Lagoon. For the city's sights two historic forts and museum are great chances to see the islands colourful history. A zoo and botanical garden are also popular.
Mark's Place - Caribbean cuisine in a convenient central location
Daniel's By the Sea - good seafood and western favourites right on the beach
Greenhouse - Lively haunt with local and international dishes
Shopping in Philipsburg is rewarding for bargain-hunters looking to take advantage of the island's duty-free status. Shoppers are first introduced to Harbour Village shopping centre at the cruise docks but the best shops and markets are found in the city centre. Front and Old Streets are great for window shopping and higher-end boutiques and many of the connecting alleys have great crafts and souvenirs.
Party in nearby St Barths Island
Charter a boat to Anguilla
Deep-Sea Fish the day away
Visit the Island's other side....France
Golf in Mullet Bay
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