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Philipsburg
Sint Maarten

The Port of Philipsburg , located in *Sint Maarten, is one of the busiest in the Caribbean with up to six ships visiting it at the same time. This port is tax-free, so shopping is very popular.

This island is divided in two, Sint Maarten belonging to the Netherlands and Saint Martin belonging to France. Legend has it that the border was decided following a bet between a Frenchman and a Dutchman. The two men are said to have walked along the coast in the opposite direction until they met on the other side of the island to determine the border.

The island has a total population of 77,000 inhabitants.

Useful Information

Language

Dutch, French and English

Currency

ANG
Netherlands Antillean guilder - On the French side of the island, the Euro is the currency. Most restaurants, shops and attractions accept credit cards.

Currency Converters:  
Bing   CAD   USD   EUR  
XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: None

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

On the Dutch side, tipping is not included and a 15% tip is recommended. On the French side of the island, the European system is applied So, you can round up the bill at the nearest Euro.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celcius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
22 72
25 77
28 82
421.75
February
22 72
25 77
27 81
301.25
March
23 73
25 77
28 82
200.75
April
23 73
26 79
28 82
231.00
May
24 75
27 81
29 84
371.50
June
25 77
28 82
30 86
281.00
July
25 77
28 82
30 86
461.75
August
25 77
28 82
31 88
582.25
September
26 79
28 82
31 88
612.50
October
25 77
28 82
30 86
582.25
November
24 75
26 79
29 84
662.50
December
23 73
26 79
28 82
461.75

Where is locate the Port of Philipsburg

The port of Philipsburg is less than two kilometres from the city.

Travelling around the port of Philipsburg

The taxi boat is the best way to get to Philipsburg. It is possible to walk there (20 minutes walk).
Taxis are available at the port. Fares are based on two passengers and an additional amount will be charged for other passengers.

Other ports in the area

Activities in Philipsburg

Historical sites

Fort Amsterdam

Fort Amsterdam was built in 1631 to protect the island from invaders

Neighborhoods

Front street

Front street is the perfect place to shop

The Promenade

The promenade is lined with restaurants and bars.

See the Marigo listing for activities on the Dutch side of the island.

Landmarks

The Courthouse

The Courthouse on Front Street is a beautiful historical monument and its architecture is typical

Museums

Sint-Maarten Museum

Presents a permanent exhibition on the history of the island and temporary cultural exhibitions.

Beaches

Orient bay

Popular beach and its western end is reserved for nudists.

Maho Beach

This beach is located at the end of the airport airstrip. Far from being the quietest beach, it offers quite a sight. (Beware: the blast of the reactors is powerful and it is not recommended to venture into the axis of the runway)

There are many beaches all around the island.

Excursions in Philipsburg

  • A regatta race (America’s Cup 12-meter Regatta): This sailing race is thrilling and you will be put to work. No experience is required.
  • Catamaran getaway to a beach.
  • Excursion by mini personal boat (2 places) to the Page of Happy Bay.
  • Combo cruise and panoramic bus tour.
  • Tour of the island’s artists: You will do everything from the island to visit a few artists (boutique and house) to admire their art and learn more about the culture of the island.
  • Visit to Marigot and the [butterfly farm] (http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/).
  • Hiking from the top of the mountain: For nature lovers, this excursion is for people in good physical condition.

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