Philipsburg, St Maarten

St. Maarten is one of the most rewarding stops for a cruise-ship passenger. The island is divided between French St. Martin in the north and Dutch St. Maarten in the south. Each side manages to retain its own distinct flavor. The Dutch side (Sint Maarten) is a lively destination of white sand beaches, casinos, historical sites, shopping venues and lot of nightlife. Most ships dock in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten.

Philipsburg fills a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. Two main roads cut across the length of Philipsburg--Front Street and Back Street. Front Street, the main thoroughfare, is lined with duty-free shops offering everything from Italian leather goods and Japanese cameras to native crafts. Narrow alleyways lead in either direction to arcades and courtyards filled with flowers. Visitors will also find examples of traditional West Indian architecture, including characteristic pastel-colored houses with second-story verandas looking out over the street. Front Street's most prominent landmark is the Courthouse, built in 1793. A grand white wooden structure topped with a cupola, it now serves as St. Maarten's courthouse. Also on Front Street is the Simartin Museum, which gives visitors an excellent introduction to local history.

Things to See & Do

* Simartin Museum
* St Maarten Park
* Visit the many beaches especially Orient beach
* Shopping in Philipsburg
* Fort Amsterdam & Fort Willem

Cruise Season Jan - Dec
Currency Netherlands Antilles Florin (St Maarten)
Language English and Dutch (St Maarten)
Land Area 85 sq km
Population 35,000
Electricity 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code + 1 - 599

Port Location Most ships dock on the Dutch side, in Great Bay, at the A.C. Wathey Pier in Point Blanche. The pier is about 2.5kms from the center of Philipsburg. Some ships anchor in Great Bay and tenders will transport passengers directly to the center of town. Taxis are readily available at the pier. Downtown Philipsburg is an easy 15 minute walk from the pier.

Transport Links Princess Juliana (SXM), 15km west of Philipsburg (travel time 15 minutes), receives regular scheduled flights from other Caribbean islands. Ferry services operate to Saba, St Barts and St Kitts & Nevis.

Buses run regularly between Philipsburg and Marigot. Minibuses serve the more popular destinations. There are good Taxi services on the island running from the airport, main hotels and towns. Taxis do not have meters but fares are fixed. There is a taxi station at Wathey SquareThere are plenty of car hire firms in the city and at the airport. ds, Europe and the USA.

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Cruises from Philipsburg, St Maarten

Cruise Date Duration
Sea Cloud Spirit, Caribbean ex Philipsburg Return 24/11/20 10 nts
Wind Surf, Yachtsmans Caribbean ex Philipsburg Return 29/11/20 6 nts
Sea Cloud Spirit, Caribbean ex Philipsburg Return 04/12/20 9 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 05/12/20 7 nts
Wind Surf, Classic Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 05/12/20 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 05/12/20 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Spice Islands ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 05/12/20 14 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 12/12/20 7 nts
Wind Surf, Yachtsmans Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 12/12/20 7 nts
Sea Cloud Spirit, Caribbean ex Philipsburg Return 13/12/20 7 nts
Sea Cloud, Journey 2042 ex Philipsburg Return 14/12/20 7 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands Christmas ex Philipsburg Return 19/12/20 7 nts
Wind Surf, Classic Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Roundtrip 19/12/20 7 nts
Sea Cloud Spirit, Caribbean, Panama & Costa Rica ex Philipsburg to Puntarenas 20/12/20 15 nts
Sea Cloud, Journey 2043 ex Philipsburg Return 21/12/20 15 nts
Sea Cloud II, Journey 2038 ex Philipsburg to Havana 22/12/20 14 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands New Year Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 26/12/20 7 nts
Wind Surf, A Yachtsmans Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 26/12/20 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 26/12/20 7 nts
Odyssey, Caribbean Gems In-Depth ex Philipsburg Roundtrip 26/12/20 14 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 02/01/21 7 nts
Wind Surf, Lush & Lovely Islands of Lesser Antilles ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 02/01/21 7 nts
Sea Cloud, Journey 2101 ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 05/01/21 10 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 09/01/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 09/01/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Spice Islands ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 09/01/21 14 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 16/01/21 7 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 23/01/21 7 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 30/01/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Caribbean Gems In-Depth ex Philipsburg Return 30/01/21 14 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 30/01/21 7 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 06/02/21 7 nts
Wind Surf, Yachtsmans Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 06/02/21 7 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 13/02/21 7 nts
Wind Surf, Classic Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 13/02/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 13/02/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Spice Islands ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 13/02/21 14 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 20/02/21 7 nts
Wind Surf, Lush & Lovely Islands of Lesser Antilles ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 20/02/21 14 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 27/02/21 7 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 06/03/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Caribbean Gems In-Depth ex Philipsburg Return 06/03/21 14 nts
Star Flyer, Treasure Islands ex Philipsburg Return 13/03/21 7 nts
Sea Cloud, Journey 2110 ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 19/03/21 10 nts
Star Flyer, Leeward Islands ex Philipsburg Return 20/03/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Yachtsman's Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg to Bridgetown 20/03/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Caribbean Gems In-Depth ex Philipsburg Roundtrip 20/03/21 14 nts
Wind Surf, Yachtsman's Caribbean ex Philipsburg Roundtrip 27/03/21 7 nts
Wind Surf, Classic Caribbean Cruise ex Philipsburg Return 03/04/21 7 nts
Odyssey, Caribbean Islands Odyssey ex Philipsburg to Miami 03/04/21 21 nts
Wind Surf, Ocean Crossing + Ponta Delgada ex Philipsburg to Lisbon 10/04/21 14 nts
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