an insect near the church
Sint Maarten Court house
Philipsburg catholic church
a lizard near the curch
very sunny-wear sun screen
In a nutshell
I like the Dutch islands very much.
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...
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...
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...
English speakers-Philipsburg side of island
I just joined V.T.  and I am reporting on my stay in 1983. I do not remember the name of the hotel where I spent the week, but it had a great view of the ocean from my balcony.The staff at the hotel were very friendly and spoke English. The Dutch citizens and the...
Claude Mini Club, Marigot, St Martin: 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
Favorite Dish: fish soup - as good as the soup in Antibes, France
Written Nov 13, 2002
Address: Near the Bay, you can't miss it
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...
Guavaberry Emporium: Rum shop
Almost everything on the island is imported. There are no local fruits or vegetables that are native to St. Maarten, except for the Guavaberry. It is used to make liquor. Do stop by the Guavaberry emporium for a free samples. It is located on Front St. They sell hot sauces,...
not very fond of tourists.
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.
Written Mar 13, 2008
Don't hear the people on the streets
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...
Written Dec 2, 2002
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...
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...
Back St and Front St.
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.
Updated Apr 3, 2006
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