Front Street Philipsburg could be paradise if you are a shopoholic. But if you are not, give it a miss and spend your time elsewhere on the island. Most of the shops are jewellery and watch orientated and when business is slow the owners are out on the pavement trying to lure you in. Most take your first no thank you as final, but others annoyingly persist until the very end. The best thing about Philipsburg (unless you are a shopoholic) is the beach running the full length of Front street, even here the touts continue their activities trying to sell you packages of a sun lounger, parasol and a bucket of 6 beers and prices reduce as the day goes on.
It's worth a look out of curiosity just to see how commercialised a could be tropical paradise can become, then move on to somewhere else on this island.
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