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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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Swaliga Charters
Swaliga Charters
Owner description: Swaliga 2:Fast, Sleek & Oh So Chic! We go further because we go faster, so you can see more and do more! Swaliga 2 is spacious enough to take all your family and friends in... more Owner description: Swaliga 2:Fast, Sleek & Oh So Chic! We go further because we go faster, so you can see more and do more! Swaliga 2 is spacious enough to take all your family and friends in comfort! Check out our website for 10 reasons Swaliga 2 beats the rest and for details of our trips around St. Maarten: snorkel at Creole Rock, lunch at Pinel, watch for turtles at Tintemarre. Or our famous 3-island trip to Anguilla - now in its 2nd decade! Also Sunset Champagne cruises on Fridays. And now you can book us online direct. We're also available for private charters - pick your own itinerary and call us for a price. Whether you're new to Swaliga 2 or an old friend (she has many) you'll always find a warm welcome. less
Attraction type: Speed Boats Tours; Private Tours; Islands; Boat Tours; Scuba & Snorkeling
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Little Bay Beach
Little Bay Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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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Great Bay Beach
Great Bay Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
Saint Martin of Tours Church
Saint Martin of Tours Church
Attraction type: Churches & Cathedrals
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Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 80 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $5 - $21
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Ranked #2 of 80 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: French, Bar, Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks
GUSTO
GUSTO
Ranked #3 of 80 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Sandwiches, Spanish, Delicatessen, Pub, Tapas
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack
Freedom Fighters Ital Shack
Ranked #4 of 80 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $12 - $15
Cuisines: Vegan
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
St maarten burger madness
St maarten burger madness
Ranked #5 of 80 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, International, Vegetarian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5
Holland House Beach Hotel
$169 - $324
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
4.0 of 5
Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
$118 - $162
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
4.0 of 5
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
$177 - $432
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Villas on Great Bay
Villas on Great Bay
$250 - $300
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
4.0 of 5
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
$307 - $502
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Flamingo Beach Resort
3.0 of 5
Flamingo Beach Resort
$112 - $372
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Coral Beach Club
4.0 of 5
Coral Beach Club
$329 - $627
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Belmond La Samanna
5.0 of 5
Belmond La Samanna
$448 - $1,145
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Terres Basses
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Le Petit Hotel
4.5 of 5
Le Petit Hotel
$265 - $525
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case

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