Philipsburg Travel Guide

  • Picture of Nick
    Picture of Nick
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    Star Wars costume
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  • Nick and Yoda
    Nick and Yoda
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Philipsburg Things to Do

  • That Yoda Guy Museum

    I thought of this primarily as a store, but really it is a museum. The museum was given an award as one of the top three museums in the area. I found out about it on the Disney cruise which I guess is partly because Disney now owns Star Wars.In TODAY the Newspaper for Country St. Martin Nick is quoted:“We are really very proud that our tiny exhibit...

  • The Courthouse

    Front Street's most prominent landmark is a grand white wooden structure topped with a cupola, built in 1793 as the home of Commander John Philips (the town's founder) on the historic Courthouse on Watney Square.. The building has served as a fire station, jail and post office over its long history and is one of St. Maarten's most prominent...

  • That Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

    There is a museum upstairs on Front Street which has exhibits of work of the artist who did Yoda for the Star Wars movies. I didn't go upstairs because I didn't want to leave my scooter but my granddaughter went up and looked around and did some shopping. I just stayed at the bottom of the stairs and took photos of what was there.

  • The Courthouse

    Appart from the two forts I couldn't visit the Courthouse stands as the only historic building in Sint Maarten, and so it has became a symbol to the city and a touristic atraction. the courthouse is built in wood, and it dates from 1793.I tought it was very fun when i get in the building to see a sign in wich You could read "dear travelers: this is...

  • Beaches

    As in all the Caribean, the beach is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Sint Maarten.The best places to get into the sea are not in Philipsburg, but in other places of the island, I didn't visit those but you can read about them in other members pages.I did visit a small beach located in the city, Philipsburg has two streets, front and back,...

  • Yacht Racing

    This is so much fun to do. Try sailing in the 12 meter challenge. Take a 15 minute walk along the beach, as far away from the centre, as you can to nearby the cruise ships. This is Bobby's Marina. Ask at the 12 meter challenge desk if there is any space available. It is $70 per person and is soooo worth it! I was not able to prebook over the...


Philipsburg Hotels

  • Holland House Beach Hotel

    P O Box 393, PHILIPSBURG, AN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Summit Resort Hotel

    Simpson Bay Lagoon, Philipsburg, AN

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort

    Emerald Merit Rd 10, Philipsburg, 97150, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Philipsburg Restaurants

  • Waiting and Watching

    While we were waiting for the car rental people to pick us up in Watney Square, I took photos of the surroundings, which included some of the restaurantsSome restaurants there areAntoine by the sea,- FrenchAnand, - IndianAu Petit Cafe - fast foodBarefoot Restaurant, The Big 5 Cafe,Chesterfield's,Chippie Cafe, Doctor Fish Restaurant,Firehouse Bar...

  • fish soup is wonderful

    This restaurant is set within a loft where palm trees come up through the floor! It has a wonderful view of the town and the bay fish soup - as good as the soup in Antibes, France

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Philipsburg Shopping

  • Cruise Ship Shops

    The usual shops at cruise ship ports are along Front Street - Cariloha, Del Sol, Diamonds International and many other jewelry shops, many clothing stores as well and the usual suspects from Benetton to Tommy Hilfiger and similar are readily available. I normally buy things that are made locally. Here this would include Rum Jumbie Liquor, or CD's...

  • Star Wars Shop

    My dad likes Star Wars and I wanted to get him a gift. So I wanted to be sure to shop here at this store. I did get him a Star Wars print which was dedicated to him.The store is more like a sort of Museum. Someone took my photo with Nick Prints and art I think I paid about $20 for my print

  • Front street

    The front street is the main avenue in Sint Maarten, and it is the place in wich you'll find most of the shops, anywhere you look in this street you will see a shop.What will You find? I can't remeber everything I saw but there was a lot, between the things I do remember where clothes, beach stuff, electronics, jewels, star wars memorabilia and the...


Philipsburg Warnings and Dangers

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    not very fond of tourists.

    by pencho15 Written Mar 13, 2008

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    After walking all the way up trought front street, we decided to walk back by the back street, while I was there I decided to take a picture only to find a very angry Sint Maarten unhabitant yelling at me to go away and to take all my f***ing pictures in front street.
    this guy was clearly on drugs, but his attitude might show that the local unhabitants are not very fond of tourists, the fact that most visitors are wealthy people that only come here to do some duty-free shopping barely sharing anything with the local population and not leaving anything but money behind them might have something to do with it.
    Maybe the guy that yelled at me was an exception, but anyway be carefull not to annoy anybody.

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Philipsburg Tourist Traps

  • Don't hear the people on the streets

    by aiglee Written Dec 2, 2002

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    Please, don't stop to listen to the 75% of people that will stop you to try to sell you something...

    Unique Suggestions: They will use every technique they can think of, just say you don't speak english or spanish and you will be fine...

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Philipsburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Methodist Church

    This one is another church in front street, I can tell you much less about this one that about the catholic church, I would neither consider this a real touristic atraction, it is built on wood and behind it you'll find back street. It was closed when I was there so I only got to see it from the outisde, it probably only opens when there are...

  • Catholic Church

    It is not really a touristic attraction, but the catholic church is one of the few buildings You'll see in front street that is not a shop, so altought it is a quite simple building you'll probably notice it. The church is quite small and it is painted in white, green and red. I don't remember anything particulary attractive in the inside, but it...

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Philipsburg Favorites

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    Back St and Front St.

    by Suzanne123 Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Philisburg is the largest city on the Dutch side of the island. This is where the cruise ships come to visit the island. It is a port of call for a few ships each day. The beach is very beautiful and it is one of my favorite beaches on the island. The two main streets are Back St and Front St. They run parallel to each other with Front St. being closest to the ocean. Back st is where the locals shop, and is also where you can get a city bus/van to Marigot/ french side, or to Mullet Bay (passes by the airport in Simpson's bay and Maho resort area). Front St. is full of jewlry shops and little else. I did not find the linen shops to have anything worth purchasing.

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