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“Shop till you drop”
Review of Frontstreet

Frontstreet
Ranked #7 of 56 things to do in Philipsburg
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Owner description: This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.
Virginia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Shop till you drop”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

The most store for shopping anywhere. You must bargain to get the best buys. A large variety of stores for clothing, jewelry, linens, liquor and souvenirs.

Visited May 2014
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Cabrieres, France
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118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Strange atmosphere”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

It is difficult to park in the little streets so leave your car on thefree car park near the carnival building with no tarmack. Philipsburg is a little like Key West in architecture but with no atmosphere. The "boardwalk" has no boards, just concrete, but it is a nice pedestrian alley with a concentration of bars and cafés. Front Street in parallel just behind, the main shopping street, for diamonds, handbags and duty free everything with the most expensive brands. For cigarettes you can negotiate the price if you buy a lot. I got down to US$1.60. Stock up because they are US$15.25 in Manhattan! Buy in dollars, it's cheaper than euros.
The strange thing is that you got from ultra-chic to practically bidon-ville/ slums in just a couple of metres. There are some nice little shops if you take the little streets and alleys. I got LG polarised sunglasses for just US$15.
This is the main centre for cruise ships outside of Miami. Nice little restaurants boat-side.

Visited May 2014
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very fun”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Frontstreet is far more enjoyable when cruise ships are in because there are lots of people to absorb the barage of locals attempting to get you into their store. The people watching is a blast. We are not big shoppers, so take that into account.

Visited May 2014
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Anaheim, California
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243 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“The usual Tourist souveniers”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

Very narrow street and can be exceptionally crowded if many cruise ships are in port. Lots of jewelry and t-shirt stores line this street. There are a few historical buildings in between the retail stores. Restaurants are also available. In my opinion just a tourist area unless you take an island tour and this is included.

Visited May 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Daytime Shopping for Cruise Ships”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Linens, tourist wares, diamonds and watches all available. Nighttime it is totally quiet except for a few restaurants.

Visited May 2014
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