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“Great if you are a shopoholic” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Frontstreet

Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in Philipsburg
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Owner description: This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.
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“Great if you are a shopoholic”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

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.

Visited January 2014
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Queenstown, Maryland
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“Excellent Shopping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

St. Maarten offers some outstanding shopping for jewelry and other items to remember your trip. The city is very clean and the food is great.

Visited February 2014
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Bend, OR
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“Shopping, shopping, everywhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

But definitely a tourist trap. We got some good stuff here (mostly clothes and booze), and there is a large variety of goods to choose from the myriad of shops. I recommend visiting Old Man St. Maarten Rum and That Yoda Guy while you're down here.

Visited January 2014
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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Infinity Jewelers is the BEST!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

We were in St Maarten in November, 2013 and were shopping for jewelry. We found an excellent jewelry store in Infinity Jewelers. We are shoppers who look for the pieces we want the entire vacation (16 days) and only purchase at the last minute before we leave. Infinity Jewelers went out of their way to make sure we had exactly the pieces we wanted! They were helpful, courteous, friendly and patient. We spent a lot of our vacation shopping and we found them to be over the top for customer service! We were in their shop many times during our stay and never felt pressured to buy. We had all the pieces appraised in the USA and were very pleased with the appraisals! Infinity Jewelers honesty represents the products they sell!

Visited November 2013
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Like to shop?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

For shopping this is the place, you can " shop til you drop ". A very quaint place to stroll and take in all the shops and find something you like. The best time to be there is when the cruise ships are not in port then you have the place to yourself and not elbow to elbow with thousands of people. I was looking for a watch and at the Touch of Gems I was able to get what I wanted at a reasonable price.

Visited February 2014
Thank Ed K
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