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.
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 intrigued by the idea of seeing the sights with the wind in your face, you will find a few places that can help. Anyone who needs to get more information concerning this topic can do so by going to this page.
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.
You'll find 4 dive operators and at least 6 good dive sites to choose from. Read this article regarding diving in this area if you want additional information.
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 a fishing fanatic you might be happy to know there are a few charter fishing services that operate from this area. You can go to this extended discussion regarding fishing in the area if you want to learn additional specifics.
The table right below lists a few details concerning area firms that will help you spend some time on the open water.
|Blue Safaris||(721) 526-2749||0.4 mi. Southeast of Central 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 read about nearby marinas and charter operators go to this page.
If you have some shopping fanatics in your group, they can have some fun exploring some of the 85 retail stores in the area. You can read this page if you want to learn about shopping in Philipsburg and nearby.
You should plan on spending some of your time soaking in the sights and sounds of life in Philipsburg. Sights in the area include 10 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts typically enjoy the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To find out more about area sightseeing attractions, read this article.
The table directly below summarizes some key facts concerning a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(800) 638-5153||Philipsburg|
|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|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-1511||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 553-8916||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-5155||Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 527-7966||Philipsburg|
|Trisport Philipsburg||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 553-9139||0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(721) 542-2230||Philipsburg|
If you like to go snokeling you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in Philipsburg. Click on this link to check out our page dedicated to local snorkeling opportunities.
Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 5 different spas in this area. To find out more about the options, navigate to this page.
If you want to play some tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to learn about other aspects of the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Simpson Bay Resort and Marina||Pelican Key, 3.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg||4|
|Princess Port de Plaisance||Cole Bay, 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Philipsburg||7|
|Club Orient Resort||Orient Bay, 4.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg||2|
For example, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
The chart just below provides some details concerning other activities.
|Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers||--||Central Philipsburg|
|Bowling Center||(721) 542-8963||Philipsburg|
|Scenic Trail||--||0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Scenic Trail||--||0.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||0.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|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|
|Movie Theater||(721) 543-0001||Central Philipsburg|
|Scuba Fun||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(721) 542-3966||0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(721) 542-5025||Philipsburg|
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