Philipsburg

Travel Guide
Guana Bay Beach which includes a beach and landscape views

Explore the impressive shopping avenue, learn about the fascinating history and relax on the beach in this beautiful Dutch Caribbean settlement.

As the capital, the town of Philipsburg is one of the main commercial and cultural hubs of Sint Maarten. It has a shopping street, a thriving port and an array of white-sand beaches. Wander along the beachside roadway for captivating sights, great shopping opportunities and excellent views of the Caribbean Sea.

Get a sense of the local culture and history with a trip to the Museum of Sint Maarten. Learn through the intriguing exhibits about the island’s past slavery, its salt industry and its first inhabitants, known as the Arawaks. A few blocks northwest is the Cyrus Wathey Square in the heart of the waterfront shopping district. Relax on a bench to rest your feet and watch people going by.

The main attraction of the square is the historic Philipsburg Courthouse. Gaze up at the pineapple that marks the top of the building. The structure is part of the national flag. Admire the colonial style of the off-white façade, which serves as a scenic backdrop in photos of the plaza.

Stroll along the famous Front Street and browse the many quaint and independent shops lining the streets. Note that much of the shopping on the island is duty free.

Enjoy the year-round hot weather with a trip to the beach. The dry season runs from January through June. Choose from the main urban beaches and Little Bay Beach, a little southwest of Philipsburg. Despite its name, this beach is particularly long and serene. Travel to the town’s eastern outskirts to reach Guana Bay Beach via nature trails.

The town is on the Dutch southern half of the island of Saint Martin in the eastern part of the Caribbean. Fly to the Princess Juliana International Airport, which is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the Caribbean. Travel in the town on minibuses and vans, which can take you around the entire island in about 90 minutes.

Philipsburg is a Caribbean treat, with busy shopping avenues and excellent beaches.

Where to stay in Philipsburg

The Paradise Inn
The Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
Senna road # 7, Philipsburg
The price is $95 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 3-star inn in Philipsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Mullet Bay Beach and Orient Bay Beach are ...
3.8/5 Good! (16 reviews)
"Lovely property ."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

The Paradise Inn
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Little Bay Road, Philipsburg
The price is $174 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Philipsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Mullet Bay Beach and Orient Bay Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (990 reviews)
"It was a nice, peaceful resort. Stretched out along the bay, so lots of walking. Staff was very friendly, but I found it a bit annoying that we had to sign for all food/beverages even though we were on the all-inclusive plan. Limited dining/bar options on site and everything shuts down by ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Holland House Beach Hotel
Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Front Street 45, Philipsburg
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $214 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Philipsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Popular attractions Orient Bay Beach and Mullet Bay Beach are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (700 reviews)
"Very nice staff and food was very good at the restaurant. Clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Holland House Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
Front Street 147, Philipsburg
The price is $179 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Philipsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (65 reviews)
"Right on the beach"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
Cozy one-bedroom & mezzanine apartment
Cozy one-bedroom & mezzanine apartment
3 out of 5
11 Goldfinch Rd. sin, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Philipsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Orient Bay Beach and Mullet Bay Beach ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"The Patron was kind and attentive, yet allowed personal space. Space and amenities were thoughtful. Area was quiet and peaceful."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Cozy one-bedroom & mezzanine apartment
Divi Little Bay Sint Maarten
Divi Little Bay Sint Maarten
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Stay at this apartment in Philipsburg. Enjoy 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Mullet Bay Beach and Orient Bay Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine guest ...
Divi Little Bay Sint Maarten
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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