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 considering feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will find a few places that can help you. Click to find our discussion of bike and scooter rentals.


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.

You'll find 3 dive services and at least 6 different dive sites in the area. Readers can learn 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 a fishing fanatic you might be happy to learn there are a few charter operators in this area. To read more about deep sea fishing in this area, click here.


Want to play some golf on vacation? Philipsburg isn't exactly overrun with golf greens, but there is one golf course in the area. The only course in the area is Mullet Bay Golf Course. Anyone needing to find out more about golf courses throughout Sint Maarten can do so by visiting our Golf page.

Sailing and Boating

Robinson Speed Boat Tours

More details concerning local providers that can help you spend some time on the open water can be seen 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 learn about charter operators and area marinas visit this page.


St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop

If there are some people who love to shop traveling with you, they may be interested to know that the area has more than 85 retail stores just waiting to be explored. If you'd like to read more concerning shopping in Philipsburg and nearby, you can do so here.


St. Maarten Museum

You should plan on spending some time enjoying the sights and sounds of daily life in Philipsburg. Among other sights, the area has 10 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Vacationers who enjoy the natural environment will probably enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Click on this link to check out our article concerning area sightseeing and attractions.

Information about a firm that can help you have a great time sightseeing can be found in the table 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 enjoy looking at fish you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance during your vacation in Philipsburg. You can obtain more information about opportunities to go snorkeling by going to this page.


Relaxing in a spa just might be the highlight of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, considering that there are 5 spas that operate in this area. Take advantage of this article which is all about spas in the area if you'd like to find more specifics.


If you want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are 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 instance, Simpson Bay Resort and Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

The chart just below enables you to get some details concerning 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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