The reality is that the island is not a paradise for
consumers, but there are shops that can earn bargains.
If you are on the shopping team, you can already plan a
small list, because the prices there are usually more
attractive than in Brazil.
To buy, Philipsburg is the
best option. In the center of St. Maarten, more
precisely on the Board Walk and Frontstreet, you will
find the commercial point of the island, full
of designer shops that sell clothes, jewelry, perfumes,
electronics and makeup. It is worth leaving the beach
early and walking there in the late afternoon, when the
Marigot, the French capital, is not as interesting
for shopping as Philipsburg. Expect less variety from
stores and less quantity, too. The region has a modest
mall, the West Indies Mall, with some interesting shops
and high street shops that are cool to find clothes for
a cool price. If you want to invest in creams and beauty
products, be sure to visit the pharmacies, filled with
French products. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage men's shoes.
Regardless of which side of the island you are on, it
is always time to go to a supermarket. In addition to
selling many imported products, it is a chance to buy
French delicacies and eat things we can't find in Brazil
for a reasonable price.
Right in the center of Marigot, in front of Marigot
Bay, there is a market on Saturdays that can make good
purchases. The exhibitors sell a little of everything:
beach clothes, travel souvenirs, paintings and other
products created by themselves.
If you like to come back from a trip with a new
souvenir, it's a place worth taking a walk for.
Capital of the French side of the island, Marigot is
one of the places that visitors should not miss while
traveling. In its charming streets there are
restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies and stores that sell
different types of products.
The store opens during conventional business hours,
which is also when there is more movement in the center
and, consequently, more traffic. Be sure to visit the
place at night, because at that time there is not much
The capital of the southern part of the island is
Philipsburg, an area marked by low buildings and narrow
alleys. Busy during business hours, the city is great
for shopping and also for enjoying the beach just across
the street, Great Bay.
Due to the wide variety of stores, this is the best
point in St. Maarten for shopping. Be sure to walk along
Frontstreet and Board Walk - two of the main streets in
the center - when you are willing to make new purchases
or buy some gifts, as there are from international brand
stores to local establishments.
To find parking, it is easier to search in areas that
are further away from the hustle and bustle. We do not
recommend, however, leaving the car away from the center
at night, so as not to be susceptible to break-ins.
West Indies Mall
In front of Marigot Bay is this small mall, which is
one of the options for those who visit the city and want
to make a stop for shopping. He has stores like
QuickSilver, Lacoste, L'Occitane and Vanity First -
which sells perfumes and makeup.
The interior of the mall is beautiful, but there are
really few stores that make tourists head.