Philipsburg Attractions

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Philipsburg is the main town and most popular tourist destination in St. Maarten.  It is especially known for its duty and sales tax free shopping, boardwalk, and beach, but there is plenty more to know about this Dutch-town.  Cultural attractions are plentiful, parks and zoos provide a glimpse of island-wide natural sites, and casinos add a bit of glitz that your typical entertainment offerings simply cannot provide.  


Great Bay

You will find a large number of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Just click on each beach name to get additional information about that beach.

Great Bay: Great Bay, located on the southern end of the island and in the heart of the capital, features a two mile long beach filled with lush white sand and beautiful palms. An extended boardwalk adds a party atmosphere to the beach.

A second alternative to consider is Back Bay. Access to the area is limited to dirt paths, so it is advised that only the physically able attempt the trip.

Geneve Bay: Access to the beach is limited to hikers, who should take a vehicle to Trinton Shell Road.

Luckily, you can find plenty of additional choices for beaches in and around the area. To read our page about beaches, click this link.

Landmark Attractions

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is a museum in the heart of Philipsburg. Exhibits include proprietor Nick's personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, and Superman.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Maarten Museum. It is located in Philipsburg. Exhibits at the St. Maarten Museum include a collection of Arawak items dating back to 500 A.D., and a photo collection that depicts life on the island during the early half of the 20th century.

St. Maarten Heritage Museum: The museum is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. On Saturday the museum is open from 10:00 a.m.

These are just a sample of the options. For more in-depth coverage of other interesting landmarks this specific topic, visit this guide to other interesting landmarks in Philipsburg.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

Wathey Square is one of the natural attractions that's worth a visit. Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.

St. Maarten Zoo is a second attraction to consider visiting. In December of 1991, the St. Maarten Zoo opened its doors to the public, and today it is the largest zoo and playground in the Caribbean. Families love to explore the hundreds of animals that live on property, including birds, reptiles, and mammals.

These examples are just some of the available options. Navigate to this article regarding natural attractions in and near the area if you want to get additional information.


Feeling lucky? Travelers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action can find quite a few places to do so in this area.

Coliseum Casino is found within Philipsburg. Coliseum Casino is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

If you like to play the slots, you could give Golden Casino a try. Located at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Golden Casino is offered as a perk to guests, and a fun place to hang out for a night for local residents and tourists staying nearby.

Diamond Casino has a selection of games for visitors to play, including Blackjack and Roulette. Located in the heart of Philipsburg, Diamond Casino is an often recommended gaming facility known for their expansive selection and friendly staff.

These examples are just some of the available choices. Click on this link to visit our page dedicated to gaming in Philipsburg.


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