About 50 years ago, St. Maarten became a duty-free, tax-free port, changing the face of tourism on the island forever. Today, cruise ships dock, and passengers descend upon the island, scooping up top-of-the-line products at bottom-of-the-barrel prices.
With one of the only true duty-free and tax-free ports around, and the great deals that abound, you won't want to pass up a chance to stop up on high end goods on this island. Savings are typically between 15 and 50 percent, if not higher, and no paperwork is required of you to avoid paying duties and taxes.
Travelers from the United States should note, however, that in order to take advantage of this, you must be on the island for more than 48 hours and spend less than $600(USD).
As you're shopping in St. Maarten, you'll find that while the Netherland Antilles florin or guilder (NAf ) is the official form of currency, the U.S. Dollar is widely accepted. On the French side of the island, the Euro (€ ) is firm, however, you can use a credit card almost everywhere. This is a great option for those who want to avoid the hassle of exchanging currency, especially if they'll be going back and forth between the two nations frequently. You can learn more about currency in St Maarten by clicking here.
Most islands in the Caribbean are great for shopping when it comes to rustic, hand crafted gifts, but when you're shopping in St. Maarten, you’ll want to stick to the designer duds. You'll be hard pressed to find better deals on items like cashmere, house wares, perfume, crystal, flat ware, and high fashion clothing.
If you do prefer to buy local, there are several art galleries with regional artists on display, and souvenir shops sell wood carvings, guava better liquor, jams, and even hammocks.
If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you should consider visiting St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop, which is located within Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (599) 542-4917.
A second option is Shipwreck Royal Palm, which is located 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) away from St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop. With the widest selection of gifts and souvenirs in one location on the island, Shipwreck is the one place that tourists should check out for items to commemorate their visit. The property is situated on Welfare Road.
A third shop to consider is Shipwreck St. Rose Arcade. The "second shop on Front Street," this is just one branch of the most popular souvenir and gift shop on the island. Featuring a wide selection of high-quality options, if there is a particular item you're hoping to find, you can bet it is available here. Guests will find them on Front Street.
The table below lists more details concerning 20 of the gift and souvenir shops located in Sint Maarten.
|(721) 545-4199||0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette|
|(721) 522-9017||Simpson Bay|
|Rima Beach World||(721) 542-1424||Philipsburg|
|Shipwreck Airport Road||(721) 542-5358||2.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Marigot|
|Shipwreck Flamingo Resort||(721) 542-5358||0.7 mi. South of Central Simpson Bay|
|Shipwreck Great Bay Resort||(721) 542-5358||Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten|
|Shipwreck Harbour Village||(721) 542-5358||0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Shipwreck Island Living||(721) 542-5358||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Shipwreck Little Bay||(721) 542-5358||0.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Shipwreck Maho Beach||(721) 542-5358||1.5 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay|
|Shipwreck Main Store||(721) 542-2737||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Shipwreck PJI Airport||(721) 542-5358||1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Simpson Bay|
|Shipwreck Pelican Resort||(721) 542-5358||0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay|
|Shipwreck Royal Palm||(721) 542-5358||2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Shipwreck St. Rose Arcade||--||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop||(599) 542-4917||0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-4069||1.7 mi. North of Central Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-5204||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|(721) 542-5433||Central Sint Maarten|
|(721) 543-2695||Central Sint Maarten|
If you've been putting off the purchase of a particular electronic, now is the time to grab it. Home entertainment and office electronics, plus high value camera equipment are all available on the island as well.
One of the more popular specialty retailers in the area is The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina. This shopping venue is found within Oyster Pond, in eastern Sint Maarten. Specializing in a whole host of watersports apparel and equipment, The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina is more than your typical dive operation. If you have questions and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (721) 586-5339.
Another option is The Scuba Shop, which is located easily reached by taxi to the west of The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina. As the larger of the two Scuba Shops in Sint Maarten, the Scuba Shop at Palapa Bay offers a wide range of watersport equipment and apparel. They're located at 16 Airport Boulevard.
Pandora Front Street: They have charms, necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings, promotions, the Essence collection, gifts, Pandora Rose, gold jewelry and Disney collection jewelry. You'll find them at 12-2 Front Street.
The following table offers some details regarding the specialty shops located in Sint Maarten.
|Art Gallery||(721) 542-0554||Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 545-3367||Maho Reef|
|Watch Store||--||0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Watch Store||--||0.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Jewelry Store||--||0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Jewelry Store||--||0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 545-3379||Simpson Bay|
|Art Gallery||(721) 542-3842||Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 542-7646||Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 542-5224||Philipsburg|
|Jewelry Store||(721) 527-2250||3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot|
|Jewelry Store||(721) 542-2259||3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot|
|Art Gallery||(721) 542-0554||Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 544-2391||Central Sint Maarten|
|Art Gallery||(721) 543-1540||0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Pandora Front Street||Jewelry Store||(721) 542-1109||0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Art Gallery||(721) 548-3080||Dutch Cul de Sac|
|Art Gallery||(721) 544-3464||Simpson Bay|
|The Scuba Shop||Dive Shop||(721) 545-3213||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette|
|The Scuba Shop at Captain Oliver's Marina||Dive Shop||(721) 586-5339||0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oyster Pond|
St. Maarten specializes in jewelry. There are dozens of shops on the island that sell jewelry alone, with everything from loose diamonds to handcrafts pieces available. You can even order custom pieces or go in and get your own pieces resized or upgraded if you have them on hand.
When they aren't stocking up on jewelry, high end fashion is a top choice. Recognizable names like Lacoste, Hermes, Burberry, Robert Cavalli, Versace, and MaxMara are all available in abundance and for more than half off.
There is quite an array of high-end boutiques along Front Street in Philipsburg, which is known as one of the top shopping centers in the Caribbean. Stretching out for a full mile, shops include everything from Ralph Lauren to Cartier, but the majority of them are jewelry emporiums. Nearby Old Street is a great place to go for art galleries, and Back Street has souvenir shops, clothing stores, and local markets.
Simpson Bay also offers a handful of high end boutiques, and if you need to get in some last minute souvenir shipping, there are plenty of shops housed within the Princess Juliana International Airport.
Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Nautique -- it's located in Simpson Bay. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitors will find them at 25 Waterfront Road.
Another shop to consider is-- which is located 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) away from Nautique. Bringing together comfortable clothes, stylish accessories, and intriguing perfumes and colognes, Lacoste is the shop for anyone looking for clothes that are both feel and look good. If you are looking to call before you go, you can do so at (721) 542-2094.
A third place to consider is. Names such as Gucci, Versace, and Prada line the shelves along with other designer brands brought to you from around the globe. Shop for them all at the Fifth Avenue store in Sint Maarten where already low prices are compounded by duty free shopping. The property is situated on Front Street.
Take a moment to read the chart below for more information about your options.
|Boutique||(721) 522-3958||2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Marigot|
|Boutique||(721) 542-1314||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Shoe Store||(721) 542-1077||0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Shoe Store||(721) 642-9364||0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(721) 542-1510||Philipsburg|
|Boutique||(721) 542-2444||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Boutique||(721) 545-4120||0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette|
|Boutique||(721) 545-4354||1.9 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay|
|Boutique||(721) 542-2094||Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten|
|Boutique||(721) 545-5470||Simpson Bay|
|Nautique||Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(721) 544-3134||Simpson Bay|
|Boutique||(721) 545-2573||1.5 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay|
Hungry? Zee Best Bakeshop is found within western Sint Maarten. Zee Best Bakery is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They are situated at 100 Airport Road.
View the following chart if you want more information.
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 545-2830||1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Simpson Bay|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 545-3656||Simpson Bay|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 543-7739||Philipsburg|
|Bakery||(721) 542-1750||Central Sint Maarten|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 543-0177||Philipsburg|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 542-2937||Philipsburg|
|Grocery Store||(721) 544-3118||1.8 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Grocery Store||(721) 542-4400||Saunders, Central Sint Maarten|
|Grocery Store||(721) 545-3055||Simpson Bay|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 545-3176||Simpson Bay|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 542-2312||Point Blanche|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 542-3357||Philipsburg|
|Fish and Seafood Market||--||2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(721) 545-4333||2.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Simpson Bay|
|Zee Best Bakeshop||Bakery||(721) 522-1030||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay|
Whether you're looking for a locally crafted souvenir, or want to stock up on designer goods, the sales and deals in St. Maarten are almost unheard of. You won't be sorry for taking advantage of shopping opportunities during your trip.
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