Posted by: travelrat | September 10, 2015

A Stroll Around Philipsburg

Philipsburg 2

St Maarten: 24th March 2015.

Since we’d already called at Sint Maarten less than a week ago, we didn’t book an excursion. We just took a water taxi across the harbour to Philipsburg. It’s a charming town, but a little tourist-ridden. Which shouldn’t be surprising, for the island’s main industry is tourism, and there were five cruise ships in port. Even as we stepped off the pier, we were greeted by a steel band., and handed a jute bag, advertising one of the many shops around the cruise terminal.

I did feel a little guilty, for, although we made use of the bag, we didn’t buy anything at the shop it was advertising.

It’s easy to find your way around, for the town centre consists mainly of three parallel streets, and a boardwalk along the beach. Along the boardwalk are many restaurants and bars, from which we chose the one that offered jerk chicken … we can’t leave the Caribbean without sampling at least one local dish … and free wifi, which didn’t work. Not for me, anyway. Nobody else seemed to be having any trouble.

There was entertainment, though. A reggae band performed outside; maybe a little too loudly for some tastes? You’re never far away from music anywhere you go. And, we were only a short step away from the pier, where we could take a water taxi back to the cruise terminal.

Philipsburg 3

Later, I took a walk into town, watching a demonstration of cigar rolling on the way. I was drawn in first by the luxurious aroma of the tobacco, and regretted I hadn’t passed this way twenty years ago … when I used to smoke, and really enjoyed a good cigar.

This is the way to go if you don’t want to spend the $7 return fare on a water taxi. It takes about 15 minutes, but it’s not terribly inspiring, with a high fence on most of one side, and a sheer cliff on the other.

Philipsburg 1


  1. I definitely prefer beaches in St. Martin to the shopping. I wasn’t a fan of Marigot either.

    • I’m not the greatest fan of shopping either. My take is we have shops at home! However, my wife disagrees!

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