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Philipsburg
Philipsburg is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, a Caribbean island divided into Dutch and French (Saint Martin) sides. Bargain seekers flock to the duty-free and sales-tax-free stores of Philipsburg's mile-long commercial district. Visitors also enjoy the city's art galleries, historic forts, casinos and zoo, as well as Great Bay Beach and its boardwalk. Offshore, on the 12 Metre Challenge, guests can work as part of the crew on one of five boats used in the 1987 America's Cup competition.

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Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
Owner description: The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, nestled amongst Front Street's duty free jewelry stores, is possibly the most surprising enterprise in the Caribbean. Who would expect to find Darth... more Owner description: The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, nestled amongst Front Street's duty free jewelry stores, is possibly the most surprising enterprise in the Caribbean. Who would expect to find Darth Vader, Pinhead from HELLRAISER and Riddley Scott's ALIEN in St Maarten? But this unprecedented showcase has that and a whole lot more. There are displays that span six decades of movie making, relics from THE TERMINATOR, MEN IN BLACK and even THE MALTISE FALCAN. There's also an incredible collection of lifecasts, the actual faces of Hollywood stars, From Bogart & Brando, though Sean Connery & Jack Nicholson to Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolle. The collection is extended to include famous historical figures too… the actual faces of Abraham Lincoln, (cast 3 months before his assassination), Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, (cast in. 1778 and 1783 respectively by french sculptor Jean Antoine Houden), and death masks of both Oliver Cromwell, (1658) and Vladimir Lenin (1924). The Exhibit is the brainchild of Hollywood creature effects wizard Nick Maley, known as "that Yoda Guy" for his contribution to the creation of Yoda for the STAR WARS sagas. If you don't know who Nick is, just google his name. He made over 50 movies, including SUPERMAN, HIGHLANDER, KRULL & LIFEFORCE, worked with Hollywood legends like Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford, (you will see them all in the exhibit), was featured in CINEMAX and HBO specials, won a place in THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS and was nominated for an EMMY. Nick shares his professional perspective on the making of famous movies via DVD and, if you are lucky enough to find him there, he will dedicate purchases from the Yoda Guy Shop and do photos with customers. The Shop sells signed movie memorabilia, posters, antique STAR WARS comics, behind the scene photos and storyboards… unique autographed slices of STAR WARS history that become a legacy to pass on through the family. There's also Nick's celebrated Caribbean artwork, (exhibited in galleries in 18 countries and toured the world with UNESCO. Nick and his wife Gloria have created the Yoda Guy Movie Museum Foundation, a not for profit group to oversee the Exhibit's development. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the museum and visit a STAR WARS celebrity. It is recommended on all major cruise lines as a MUST SEE for art and movie fans. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Little Bay Beach
Little Bay Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
Great Bay Beach
Great Bay Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
Boardwalk
Boardwalk
shopping, dinning, cultural, romantic walk
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Frontstreet
Frontstreet
This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

All places to eat » Places to eat

Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Ranked #1 of 66 restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: Bar
Dining options: Late Night
Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Ranked #2 of 66 restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $5 - $21
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Bar
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack
Ranked #3 of 66 restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $12 - $15
Cuisines: Vegan
Good for: Families with children
St maarten burger madness
St maarten burger madness
Ranked #4 of 66 restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: Bar
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Honky Tonk Bar
Honky Tonk Bar
Ranked #5 of 66 restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $6 - $18
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Pizza, Bar, Family Fare
Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Villas on Great Bay
Villas on Great Bay
$250 - $300
Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5
Holland House Beach Hotel
$190 - $326
Ranked #1 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
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Flamingo Beach Resort
3.0 of 5
Flamingo Beach Resort
$96 - $321
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Coral Beach Club
4.0 of 5
Coral Beach Club
$333 - $715
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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
3.0 of 5
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
$177 - $377
Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
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Belair Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5
Belair Beach Hotel
$258 - $348
Ranked #5 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
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Viceroy Anguilla
5.0 of 5
Viceroy Anguilla
$549 - $977
Ranked #4 of 12 hotels in West End Village
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Cap Juluca
5.0 of 5
Cap Juluca
$510 - $1,396
Ranked #5 of 12 hotels in West End Village
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Sheriva Villa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Sheriva Villa Hotel
$699 - $3,000
Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in West End Village
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