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 are thinking about exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there are 4 businesses that can help you. To learn more about bike and scooter rentals, use this link.


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 3 dive services and at least 6 good dive sites in the area. Navigate here to visit our article about diving opportunities in this area.


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.

Like to go fishing? You'll be glad to know there are 4 charter fishing services that operate from this area. To get more information on deep sea fishing in this area, click here.


If you like golfing you may realize Philipsburg isn't necessarily a golfing paradise. Still, there's one golf course to know about. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. For more about this specific topic, read this article about golfing throughout Sint Maarten.

Sailing and Boating

Robinson Speed Boat Tours

Additional information about area firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found here:

Boating Opportunities In Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Blue Safaris (721) 526-2749 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Offshore Sensations Philipsburg (721) 527-1444 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Pirate Tours (305) 879-0941 0.5 mi. South-Southeast 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

If you want to find out about charter operators and marinas navigate to this page.


St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop

If you're vacationing with some folks who enjoy window shopping they can browse a few of the 85 retail stores in the area. Use this link to read our discussion of shopping in Philipsburg and nearby.


St. Maarten Museum

Another great activity is spending some time exploring the culture, sounds and sights of Philipsburg. The area has 10 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts frequently enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To reach our complete page about sightseeing attractions and opportunities, go to this article.

Information concerning a firm that will help you have a great time enjoying the local sights can be seen down below.

Sightseeing Services In Philipsburg
Name Type Phone Location
Bernard's Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (800) 638-5153 Philipsburg
Dutch Hiking Club Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (721) 542-4287 Philipsburg
Fun and Roll Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 523-9672 0.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Jem Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-1511 Philipsburg
Jo Junie Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 553-8916 Philipsburg
Sandy Island Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-5155 Philipsburg
St. Maarten Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 527-7966 Philipsburg
Trisport Philipsburg Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 553-9139 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Vacationer Paradise Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (721) 542-2230 Philipsburg


Fun and Roll

If you like to snorkel you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in Philipsburg. Those wanting to find out more concerning opportunities to go snorkeling here.


Going to a spa just might be the highlight of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 5 different spas in this area. For a more detailed look at this specific topic, see this page, about spas in this area.


If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to read more about 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

Check this table for details on other activities.

Other Activities In Philipsburg
Name Type Phone Location
Carnival Village Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers -- Central Philipsburg
FX Bowling Bowling Center (721) 542-8963 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
Metford Hazel Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue -- 0.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg
No.1 SXM Parasailing Parasailing Service (721) 587-6611 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Philipsburg Theatres Movie Theater (721) 543-0001 Central Philipsburg
Spartaco Fitness Centers and Instructors (721) 542-5025 Philipsburg

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