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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
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Great Bay Beach
Great Bay Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Shopping, Dinning, Cultural, Romantic Walk
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Big Cadi Taxi Services and Tours
Big Cadi Taxi Services and Tours
Owner description: Big Cadi transportation and tours offering VIP service to all clients around the island of St Martin/St Maarten. Tours are customized exclusively for clients and Cadi will escort... more Owner description: Big Cadi transportation and tours offering VIP service to all clients around the island of St Martin/St Maarten. Tours are customized exclusively for clients and Cadi will escort you to the islands most famous locations and attractions. Transportation for special events, bachelor & bachelorette parties and executive coach all available. Dare to dream big! less
Attraction type: Taxis & Shuttles
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Lazy Lizard Beach Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 106 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Price: $5 - $21
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
La Sucriere
La Sucriere
Ranked #2 of 106 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar
Ranked #3 of 106 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: Pub
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gelateria Milano
Gelateria Milano
Ranked #4 of 106 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Price:
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Dining options: Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chesterfield's
Chesterfield's
Ranked #5 of 106 Restaurants in Philipsburg
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5
Holland House Beach Hotel
$196 - $367
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
4.0 of 5
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
$153 - $447
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
4.0 of 5
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
$276 - $638
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Flamingo Beach Resort
3.5 of 5
Flamingo Beach Resort
$111 - $375
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Belair Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5
Belair Beach Hotel
$239 - $406
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Villas on Great Bay
Villas on Great Bay
$234 - $355

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5.0 of 5
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5.0 of 5
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Belmond La Samanna
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.