St. Martin/ St. Maarten is a paradise of many kinds, and true shopaholics will find their own little piece of heaven among the numerous boutiques, shops and stores selling everything from international designer fashions to imported tobacco products. Front Street in Philipsburg (the capital of St. Maarten), is where cruise ship passengers disembark for a serious spending spree. Front Street offers fantastic prices on cameras, electronics, crystal, china, jewelry, watches, designer fashions, leather, perfumes, cosmetics, tobacco products, imported wine and spirits, linens and flatware. You’ll even find Dutch imports like Delft china, cheeses and beer. Can’t make it into town? Then stop in at the Ship Wreck shop, located on site at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
St. Maarten offers its share of outlets for the serious shopper. Visit the French capital of Marigot for designer shopping amidst a Caribbean atmosphere. The majority of shops and boutiques found there offer famous-name perfumes, crystal, China, jewelry and designer fashions — all selling for substantially less than in the United States.