PHILIPSBURG

Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The capital holds many cultural monuments and history. Walk along the beautiful side streets and endless shopping options, from jewelry to clothing boutiques and shops. After having a diverse shopping experience you can have lunch or dinner at the various restaurants ranging from local to international cuisines. Philipsburg has three main parallel streets, famous for its combination of shoppingdining and the presence everywhere of Great Bay Beachone of the largest St Maarten beaches and the only one in the world home to a capital.

 

Those are: 

• The Philipsburg Boardwalk. This mile of food and entertainment streches from almost from the cruise port to walter plantz square many activities are available in the marina, as well as along this promenade along historical Great Bay.
• Front street, St Maarten’s shopping haven and instrumental in St Maarten’s many awards for shopping mecca. From clothing stores to jewelry, Front street is your go to place for that special gift you wanted to buy!
• Backstreet is where locals also go for daily errands and shopping. A cornucopia of clothing stores presents itself.
Have a St Maarten Craft beerdo a pirate Escape Room experience , take a seat at famed Ocean Lounge, or take a sailing boat around the historical bay! 
For those who want to stay in Philipsburg longer, check out our member hotels Alicia’s Inn, Divi Little BayHolland House Beach Hotel , Horizon View and Pasanggrahan Boutique Hotel. Want to relax in Philipsburg? Take a stroll along the boardwalk where there are bars, restaurants and entertainment. You will be able to relax along the shoreline of Great Bay Beach.

 

For a touch of Amsterdam visit the AMAsterdam bar!

 

The Capital of the Dutch side of our island Philipsburg was named after its first Commander John Philip(s), a Scotsman born in 1691 in Arbroth. As of 1721, he lived and worked as a merchant on several Caribbean islands until he settled down on Sint Maarten where he bought a plantation “Industry” in Cul-de-Sac and became a planter growing and cultivating sugar cane. He was appointed Commander of Dutch Sint Maarten by the West India Company in 1735, a position he held until 1746. During that time, he was able to revive the salt industry and encouraged foreign planters from neighbouring islands (mostly British) to settle in Sint Maarten. As the population increased, the need for a larger town became obvious and the sand ridge between the Great Bay and the salt pond was chosen in 1733. The new town named after visionary John Philip(s) was divided in Front street and Back Street with many alleys connecting both streets, the salt pond and the bay. Advantages of the new settlement were the short distances between the pond and the bay, making transportation of the reaped salt to the waiting schooners in the Great Bay more efficient while still close enough to Fort Amsterdam to be protected from enemies. 

 

 

Of all the magnificent hikes set out by NGO EPIC, the one closest is that of the Point Blanche area. A history walk can be obtained in the Heritage Museumand the Philipsburg mural walk app can be downloaded here.

 

 

Best things to do in the Philipsburg area:

• See our national symbol the Courthouse!

• Take a local craft beer!

• Make an AMAsterdam bar selfie in an Amsterdam streetcar or “red light district”!

• Take a lunch at Ocean LoungeDutch Blonde Beach Bar or Emilio’s!

• Visit Rainforest Adventure Park

• Visit Fort Amsterdam

• Visit the Heritage Museum

• Take a brewery tour!

•  Spend a day at Little Bay Beach, take a one day Divi Little Bay Resort pass and/or enjoy a meal at Gizmo’s or PureOcean!

•  Take the Philipsburg Mural tour!

•  Learn the true history of pirates at the Rusty Parrot and have a drink with the experts (trust us, pirates are good people these days)!

• Go shopping at Joe’s Jewelers!

• Spend a beach day at Great Bay Beach, and don’t forget to take lunch/# back to ocean lounge part !

•  Take a Spirit of St Maarten dinner tour!

• Do an active Philipsburg Trisport tour!

• Enjoy a Horseback tour through Seaside Nature Park – and a bit through the sea!

• try a rum of local manufacturer guavaberry made of namesake fruits that grow on the island.

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