Shopping in St. Maarten and St. Martin
Shopping in St. Maarten / St. Martin
Shopping here focuses on a few locations:
- Front Street, Philipsburg: This is where you'll find what's
arguably the largest concentration of jewelers in the Caribbean --
over two dozen. Deals are great because of volume; quality is generally
excellent. We give away $25 Gift Cards for both Zhaveri Jewelers and
Caribbean Gems to members of JMB Website Supporters as a member benefit (see the vouchers on the members-only Secret Website); they're two of the
finest jewelers. Others that have a loyal following are DK Gems and
Ballerina. Walk along Front Street not just for jewelry, but also
souvenirs and restaurants. The top place for gifts: Shipwreck Shops. With 15 locations throughout the island - Shipwreck has developed into a landmark on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, and it has become the #1 voted emporium for years for quality island clothing, souvenir items, gifts, and now, it's also the home of the Antilles Spice Clipper brand of Caribbean
culinary delights. It also offers products for all your vacation needs, such as books,
magazines, maps, and beach stuff. You can find Shipwreck Shops also at the Harbor as well
as at three locations on Frontstreet. Windmill also has souvenirs;
they're on Front Street west of the center of town (the historic
courthouse is at the town center). Most jewelers, except DK Gems, are on the eastern portion of
Front Street. Back Street has shops mostly visited by locals.
- The Boardwalk / Great Bay Promenade in Philipsburg may be the most popular place
to stroll and relax. On the beach next to Front Street, it's loaded with
restaurants and gives you a quick respite from Front Street shopping. Most
popular restaurant: Taloula Mango's, which usually has entertainment in
season. There's also a Hard Rock Cafe near the center of town. Avoid
sitting outside in the sun on the second floor; the black tabletops get very
hot and can be uncomfortable.
- Le West Indies: It's a small (by US standards) but ostentatious
mall on the waterfront in Marigot. Almost everything is priced high mainly
because one Euro costs about $1.30; only the French Side uses Euros, so the
Dutch Side is cheaper. Nonetheless, there are neat cafes here, the best of
which is Hediard -- try their cakes, which are amazing.
- Blue Mall, Cupecoy Beach, Dutch Side, has had its opening delayed
repeatedly; it's open now but with not many stores. There's not much outdoor parking,
but there's plenty in their indoor public garage. Great yogurt at Yogen Fruz.
- Porto Cupecoy, Cupecoy Beach, Dutch Side, has sufficient
parking, neat shops, and some good restaurants. Check out "Blooming Baskets"
for both clothing and flowered handbags, and dine at Ernest & Fidel's --
excellent food, reasonable prices. Beautiful setting, too.
- Marina Plaza, Simpson Bay Resort, Simpson Bay: Swimwear shops,
the Stone Restaurant (great little place on the water), Aqua Mania
Activities Desk. Aqua Mania gives discounts to our members; the required
voucher is downloadable for members at
- Marigot: Mostly bars and restaurants in town at the
waterfront now; local shops are on back streets. The highlight: the Sir Roland Richardson
art gallery and museum.
- Supermarkets: Grand Marche has two, one near Philipsburg and the
other in Cole Bay, both Dutch Side; it's closest to American markets in
content / layout. Cost-U-Less, near the Philipsburg Grand Marche, is the
island's only warehouse store. US Imports has two markets on the French
Side, one near Orient Beach and the other in Sandy Ground, south of Marigot.
The latter one has fresh baguettes which are delicious. Most markets carry
Etna ice cream which you must try when you're here -- unimaginably creamy
with rich flavors. See
- Sarafina in Marigot is open for breakfast, lunch, and late lunch, and has great French pastry and sandwiches. It's a must. It's on the waterfront between the two roundabouts (traffic circles).
- Most of the businesses mentioned above also offer discounts to our JMB Website Supporters members. More than 180 businesses island-wide offer discounts. See www.everythingsxm.com/secret for details. Your username and password are required. For more info on JMB Website Supporters, go here.
Updated October 2, 2013