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Philipsburg, St. Martin See, Eat and Shop

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Ave des Plages, St Martin

This pristine cove on the eastern coast is one of the island’s most popular. And if you consider people-watching a sport, you’re in luck. The beach is abuzz with activities thanks in large part to the strand’s fronting reef....

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Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Zip, tack and jibe across the crystalline Caribbean waters on a high-performance sailboat. Excursions on the boats that race in the famous regatta include sailing instruction for those who are interested. Depending on interest, ability and...

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Anse Marcel, 97150

This 30-square-kilometer (11-square-mile) protected habitat is located in the northeastern part of Saint Martin. Walking trails traverse the varied landscape, and there’s a wooden path through the mangroves, a winding passage...

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Sint Maarten

The island was ruled by a number of powers in its history, including Spain and Britain as well as the Netherlands and France. To fortify the island against inevitable attacks, two impressive forts were built—both of which...

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Rue du Coconut Grove, 97150

As with its sister site on Aruba, the butterfly farm on Saint Martin houses a magical collection of colorful, fluttering insects. Docents lead tours past waterfall features, crystal-clear pools and native flowers while highlighting the...

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Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin

Good old heart-pumping fun is the promise of a visit to this protected natural expanse. Positioned at the foot of Pic du Paradis, the privately held land encompasses a must-do list of action-packed adventure. There are hiking and biking...

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Maho Beach, Sint Maarten

Maho Beach, on the island’s Dutch side, has the typical Caribbean powder-white sand and blue waters, but it also offers a unique addition to the scenery: airplanes. The strand is positioned adjacent to the international...

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Arch Rd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Monkeys, bats and mongooses are among the creatures in this zoo on the edge of the Great Salt Pond. Among the local fauna are the green iguana and red-footed tortoise, a large display of parrots and macaws and a dizzying...

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Courthouse, Front St, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Considered one of the most important sites on the island, this cupola-topped building on Front Street is also one of its most emblematic. First built in 1793, the shingled structure was the home of the town’s founder and namesake, Captain...

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Marigot, St Martin

The capital of the French side of the island is a glittering example of a bustling Caribbean town. The town is positioned between the harbor and an imposing hillside fort, with gingerbread-style buildings along winding roads that lead to the port....

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Boardwalk, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Cooled by the trade winds, this indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant is the perfect vacation chill spot. Befitting the restaurant’s casual vibe, the menu is heavy on burgers and sandwiches, along with some classic local favorites such as...

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19 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Housed in the Pasanggrahan Inn, this harborside restaurant specializes in Caribbean lobster. The catch of the day is prepared to your liking—blackened, pan-fried, grilled or sautéed—and the local haul often includes...

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45 Boardwalk, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Low-slung couches are positioned on a wooden deck at this chic eatery in the Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg. The cosmopolitan vibe extends to the restaurant’s menu, which includes king crab legs, oysters, yellowfin tuna and local...

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96 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Set in a 150-year-old Creole home, the eatery has been serving classic French cuisine—including the namesake dish prepared seven different ways—for more than 30 years. Other menu favorites are sole meunière, veal...

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Boulevard de France, Marigot, St Martin

If you like piña coladas, make a beeline for this tiny spot in Marigot. As is customary across the Caribbean, coconut juice is tapped from the fruit using a machete. Then the water is added to rum, sugar and ice to make refreshing...

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139 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

This artist-owned and -operated gallery is positioned in the garden of the painter named Maximilian. A native of Curaçao, Maximilian is lauded as one of the island's most prolific artists. His realist and abstract works in...

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Stock up on island souvenirs at this open-air handicraft and straw market boasting around 100 stalls. Also on display are spices, fruits and rums—the infused ones are especially noteworthy. Note: If the price is higher for a similar item,...

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Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

For T-shirts, island wear and regional handicrafts, this local chain is the best bet. Boasting 15 shops across the island, Shipwrecks has long been the go-to store for beach gear, too. And for all you yo-ho-ho-ers, there’s a large...

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Kangaroo Rd, Sint Maarten

Functional art is the most accurate description of the metal confections at this Philipsburg gallery. Popular items include jewelry, handcrafted silverware, salt and pepper shakers, napkin rings and other...