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Shopping in St. Maarten and St. Martin

(Updated Oct 2, 2013)

 

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 www.everythingsxm.com/secret .
  • 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 www.etnaicecream.com.
  • 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

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