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“Be mindful!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frontstreet

Frontstreet
Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Philipsburg
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.
Alexandria, Ontario, Canada
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“Be mindful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

If your thing is gold, diamonds, alcohol and cigarettes... This is the place However if you are buying other things such as watches, electronics and such, then do some homework.

At first glance given that everything is supposed to be cheap you think that everything is a deal... NOT TRUE. Take the time to find some wifi and look to see if the price quoted is even close to what you can get online from a reputable retailer.

I found that bottom line prices on watches were upwards of 20% higher than online and electronics are often difficult to match.

Electronics also carry a caveat that the warranty might not apply when you return to your home country. Something to be VERY conscious when you are about to drop over $1000 on a high end SLR.

Visited February 2013
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“Diamonds and Rubies and Pearls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

There is a large number of jewelry and tourist stores on Front Street. Many have greeters to beckon you into their shops. Be prepared to bargain shop. There are also some restaurants and a few designer clothes stores. You should know ahead of time what you want to buy so that you have a price comparison for bargaining.

Visited February 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Only place to shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

When I'm in St. Maarten I do all my Christmas shopping. I can get anything from jewelry to linens to perfume at fabulously reduced prices. The quality & variety is unsurpassed.

Visited March 2012
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Slingerlands, New York
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“Wonderful watch shopping!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

A wide variety of stores with some real bargains to be had! Being a watch enthusiast, we mainly shopped in jewelry stores, and had success. Don't buy in the first store you go to, compare. The watch selection runs the gamut, from inexpensive to high end Swiss watches.

Some might find the street "seedy", but I enjoyed it. Just take the people handing out fliers in stride, as you would in Manhattan. How nice to buy an inexpensive beer from a street vendor and drink it as you are walking down the street.

Enjoy the view and how different it is from your everyday life!

Happy hunting!

Visited February 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
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“lots of shopping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

great boardwalk for the beach area shops and resturants, lots of chairs and umbrellas to rent, water toys and beach watching, and just lounging.

Visited December 2012
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