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Philipsburg
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Philipsburg

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Little Bay Road, Philipsburg
The price is $239 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Nestled on the beach, this Philipsburg resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Amsterdam and Great Bay Beach. Little Bay Beach and Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit are also ...

4/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful and friendly and the rooms are very nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2021

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Holland House Beach Hotel
Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Front Street 45, Philipsburg
The price is $183 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Philipsburg, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 9 mi (15 km) of Orient Bay Beach, Marigot Market, and Fort St. Louis. Pinel Island ...

4.3/5Excellent! (617 reviews)

"The views from our room (we had a beach view room) and the views from the property in general were outstanding. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The beach was perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Holland House Beach Hotel
Horizon View Beach Hotel
Horizon View Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
Front Street, 49, Philipsburg
The price is $104 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Philipsburg, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Cyrus Wathey Square and Great Bay Beach. Philipsburg Courthouse and Yoda ...

3.7/5Good! (180 reviews)

"It was close to a lot of restaurants and right on the beach Friendly staff at check in Was disappointed in the slow elevator service and also the free breakfast good of been better Stayed in the penthouse so had to walk up 5 flight of stairs But overall enjoyed the stay⭐⭐⭐"…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Horizon View 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.

Vacation Rentals in Philipsburg

Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
Front Street 147, Philipsburg

Nestled on the beach, this Philipsburg condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit and Great Bay Beach. Cyrus Wathey Square and Philipsburg ...

3.9/5Very Good! (54 reviews)
St Maarten's best

"Stayed 1 week after St Maarten opened up due to Covid 19. The testing protocal at the airport was a pain. Once we got to the Sea Palace, it was worth it. We were upgraded to a 1 bedroom 2 bath unit - spacious, clean and a wonderful view of the ocean. Staff is amazing as well as owners and the island ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Sea Palace by Capital Vacations
Villa Amalia Luxury Adults Only Bed & Breakfast
Villa Amalia Luxury Adults Only Bed & Breakfast
5 out of 5
Guana Bay Point, Philipsburg

Situated near the beach, this luxury vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Great Bay Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Orient Bay Beach and Pinel Island. Grand ...

Villa Amalia Luxury Adults Only Bed & Breakfast
Brand NEW Paradise Villa: Caribbean Ocean View - 2bdr Unit
Brand NEW Paradise Villa: Caribbean Ocean View - 2bdr Unit
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Located in Red Pond Estates, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Gibb's Bay Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Great Bay Beach. Guana Bay and Guana Bay Beach are ...

Brand NEW Paradise Villa: Caribbean Ocean View - 2bdr Unit
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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Reviews of Philipsburg

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 28.125%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 50.625%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.5%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.5%
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4/5 - Good

Dottie

Mar 29, 2020

Traffic and parking are impossible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Boardwalk is nice but the haggling was annoying

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Philipsburg is not all the way back yet after the hurricane. Too many closed up/dilapidated hotels/restaurants. The beach in Great Bay is nice and clean though.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Lots of good shopping, I felt safe walking around all day

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 2, 2020

Too many sales people try to push everything.

4/5 - Good

Brad

Dec 29, 2019

The days vary widely based on how many ships come in. Many of the beach bars and restaurants start closing down around 4, and Phillipsburg is pretty quiet by 6pm.

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