Activities in Philipsburg

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Just one mile of coastline backed by four streets makes up the city structure of St. Maarten's Philipsburg, but there is much activity to keep this already busy tourist town going.  Shopping is especially popular because the island is completely duty free, and shop after shop of luxury goods and local crafts lines each one of the streets.  Dining and nightlife rank second on the list of favored activities, as the area is thick with casinos and known for serving some of the best food in the Caribbean.  Finally, sightseeing is a more low-key activity which allows visitors to see this town for the historic location that it truly is. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

Renting a bike or a moped can be a cheap way to fit in some sightseeing while in the historic city of Philipsburg.

If you like the idea of exploring the area in the open air you will encounter 5 rental agencies that can help. Go to this extended discussion regarding bike and scooter rentals if you're seeking additional information.


Philipsburg Diving

Philipsburg is in close proximity to a number of dive sites, and tourists hoping to enjoy a few will be able to do so with the help of the many dive operators in the city.

There are several dive services and at least 6 good dive sites in the area. Readers can find out more about diving in this area, can do so on this page.


Rudy's Deep Sea Fishing

Since Philipsburg is the most developed area of the island, tourists will find plenty of services ready to take them out for a day of fishing. Additionally, nearby prime fishing spots are a great place for fishermen looking for marlin, kingfish, and other large sport fish.

If you're an avid angler you will be happy to know there are a few charter fishing services located in this area. Make your way to this article about fishing in the area if you'd like to find out additional information.


Want to play some golf on vacation? Philipsburg isn't necessarily a golfing paradise, but there's one golf course to know about. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. In addition, you can make your way to this extended discussion if you want to find out more information regarding golfing throughout Sint Maarten.

Sailing and Boating

Robinson Speed Boat Tours

Details concerning area firms that can enable you to get out on the open water can be seen in the chart below.

Boating Opportunities In And Around Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Blue Safaris (721) 526-2749 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Captain Alan's Boat Charters (721) 580-0377 Oyster Pond, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg
Celine Charters (721) 526-1170 0.9 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg
Lord Sheffield (721) 552-0875 Point Blanche, 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Passaat Classic Schooner (721) 580-3301 Simpson Bay, 3.0 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
Pirate Tours (305) 879-0941 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Random Wind (721) 587-5742 Simpson Bay, 3.0 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
Robinson Speed Boat Tours (721) 581-3798 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Soualiga Destinations (631) 458-0543 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Sugar Rush Charters (721) 580-4404 Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of Central Philipsburg

If you want to find out about local marinas and charter options click here.


St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop

If you have some folks who enjoy shopping traveling with you, they may be interested to know that more than 66 retail stores are located in this area. Click on this link to check out our extended discussion of shopping in Philipsburg and nearby.


St. Maarten Museum

Most visitors spend some time experiencing the sights, sounds and culture of Philipsburg. Interesting sights include 10 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts typically enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. For a more detailed look at available sightseeing attractions, go to this article.

Information about a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be seen here:

Sightseeing Services In Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Bernard's Tours (800) 638-5153 Philipsburg
Fun and Roll (721) 523-9672 0.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Sandy Island Tours (721) 542-5155 Philipsburg
St. Maarten Tours (721) 527-7966 Philipsburg
Trisport Philipsburg (721) 553-9139 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg


Fun and Roll

If you are intrigued by the idea of underwater sightseeing you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in Philipsburg. Follow this link to read our article concerning local snorkeling opportunities.


Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to know there are a few in the area. Click to view our article concerning this topic.


If you like playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis Near Philipsburg
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Simpson Bay Resort and Marina Pelican Key, 3.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg 4 check
Princess Port de Plaisance Cole Bay, 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Philipsburg 7 check
Club Orient Resort Orient Bay, 4.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg 2 check

For example, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Take some time to look through the table just below for information concerning other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information about other activities.

Other Activities In Philipsburg
Name Type Phone Location
Carnival Village Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers -- Central Philipsburg
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail -- 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
Lb Scott Sports Auditorium Sporting Event Venue -- 0.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Philipsburg
No.1 SXM Parasailing Parasailing Service (721) 587-6611 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Spartaco Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-5025 Philipsburg

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