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Things to do in St. Maarten/St. Martin

One popular location is Casino Royale, the largest casino on the island. With over 20,000 square feet of gaming and 400 slot machines, you are bound to get lucky! T+L lists Bliss Nightclub as a great place to hit for dancing and partying all night near Burgeaux Bay. If nothing else, a walk on the beach is enough late night excitement for some!

Close to the French side is a massive plantation known as Mont Vernon. Here, you can see how coffee is grown, harvested, and made into the drink many people love. Strong coffee is served at the end of the tour.

Because of the tax-free status, shopping on St. Maarten is cheaper than anywhere else. This will not only save you money, but also allows you to leave with more souvenirs. The Maho Promenade has a plethora of shops and leads to the center of the city, called Wathey Square. The airport runway is also a popular tourist destination in St. Maarten. For those wanting to try the local foods, visit the Marigot Marketplace. Here, people sell St. Maarten foods (which include a variety of cultures, mainly French and créole), spices, and all sorts of goods.

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  • Bliss, St. Martin

    Here, Dutch St. Maarten gets the South Beach treatment. Linger by the lagoon-style wading pools under one of the canopied cabanas or get into the g... More
  • Dutch Delft Blue Gallery

    For Delft connoisseurs, the blue-and- white pottery collection available at this outpost, the only licensed dealer of Royal Porceleyne Fles outside... More
  • En Vogue

    This tiny boutique is packed with trinkets and home accessories: Provençal tea towels, Laguiole knives with bone and precious-wood handles. There's... More
  • Guavaberry Emporium

    For centuries, local wild berries called guavaberry (no relation to the guava fruit) have been soaked in rum and sugar, producing the island's lege... More
  • Kaptiva

    Whether you're looking for a form-flattering one-piece by Gottex or a skimpy Brazilian-style bikini by Ondade Mar, this little shop on Marigot's ma... More
  • Le West Indies

    Escape the heat in this light-filled, three level complex just below the hilltop Fort Louis. The 25 stores carry a well-edited selection of clothin... More
  • Marigot Marketplace

    The busy daily market on Marigot's waterfront is one of the island's scenic trademarks. There's a wide array of fresh spices (from mace and turmeri... More
  • Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar

    In the center of Philipsburg, the Holland House Beach Hotel's newly built open-air lounge is hands-down the island's most stylish spot for a piña c... More
  • Passions

    Duty-free jewelry stores populate both the French and Dutch sides of the island. This intimate boutique stands out for its designer timepieces and ... More
  • Pharmacie Centrale

    In Marigot, on Rue du Général de Gaulle, where French giants such as Longchamp, Cartier, and Hermès rub shoulders, this shop stocks French creams a... More
  • Plantation Mont Vernon

    Coffee is grown on-site, then dried and roasted to make potent petits cafés, served after the tour. More
  • Supermarché Howell Center

    Stock up on wine and picnic supplies here, where the choices include an impressive selection of charcuterie (chorizo, pancetta, coppa) and cheeses ... More
  • The Bar at the Pasanggrahan

    This colonial guesthouse, also in Philipsburg, is a former Dutch royal residence that retains the elegance of an earlier era: teak antiques, portra... More

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