St. Martin and St. Maarten

It's true that the island sparkles with its myriad outdoor activities—diving, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, and sunning—but shopaholics are drawn to the sparkle in the jewelry stores. The huge array of stores is almost unrivaled in the Caribbean. In addition, duty-free shops can offer substantial savings—about 15% to 30% below U.S. and Canadian prices—on cameras, watches, liquor, cigars, and designer clothing, but not always, so make sure you know the U.S. price of anything you intend to buy to know if you're actually getting a deal. Stick with the big vendors that advertise in the tourist press, and you will be more likely to avoid today's ubiquitous fakes and replicas. On both sides of the island, be alert for idlers. They can snatch unwatched purses.

Prices are in dollars on the Dutch side, in euros on the French side. As for bargains, there are more to be had on the Dutch side; prices on the French side may sometimes be higher than those you’ll find back home, and the fact that prices are in euros doesn't help affordability. Merchandise may not be from the newest collections, especially with regard to clothing, but there are items available on the French side that are not available on the Dutch side.

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  • 1. Caribbean Gems

    One of St. Maarten's oldest and most popular jewelers, Caribbean Gems has two Philipsburg locations, at both 22 and 40 Front Street, an easy walk...Read More

  • 2. Zhaveri Jewelers & Luxury

    A fixture on Front Street for more than 30 years, Zhaveri has a huge selection of loose diamonds, jewelry, watches, and gifts, plus designer handbags...Read More

  • 3. Antoine Chapon

    Reflecting the peaceful atmosphere of St. Martin and the sea surrounding it, the watercolor paintings of Antoine Chapon can be seen at the artist's studio...Read More

  • 4. Ballerina Jewelers

    One of the most popular jewelry stores on the island, Ballerina has jewelry by Tacori and Pandora, and watches by Bell & Ross, Franck Muller,...Read More

  • 5. Guavaberry Emporium

    Visitors come for free samples at the small factory where the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company sells its famous liqueur. The many versions include one made...Read More

  • 6. Little Europe

    Come here to buy fine jewelry, crystal, and china; they carry many top brands. They have two stores in Philipsburg on 2 Front St. and...Read More

  • 7. Max Mara

    These beautifully made, tailored clothes have an elegant attitude....Read More

  • 8. Minguet Art Gallery

    On Rambaud Hill between Marigot and Grand Case, this gallery is managed by the daughter of the late artist Alexandre Minguet. It carries original paintings,...Read More

  • 9. Oro Diamante

    Specializing in diamonds, this store carries loose diamonds, jewelry, and watches....Read More

  • 10. Shipwreck Shop

    With multiple SXM outlets, this chain stocks a little of everything: colorful hammocks, handmade jewelry, and local guavaberry liqueur. But the main store has the...Read More

  • 11. Tropismes Gallery

    Contemporary Caribbean artists showcased here include Paul Elliot Thuleau, who is a master of capturing the sunshine of the islands, and Nathalie Lepine, whose portraits...Read More

  • 12. Voila!!!

    The trendy beach attire, artsy accessories, and souvenirs are fun to try on and buy here. They're open until 9 pm, which means you can...Read More

  • 13. Art Gallery Le Saint Geran

    Art Galleries

    On the Dutch side of the Island, this gallery has a collection of more than 250 original works by Caribbean artists and artisans. There's also...Read More

  • 14. Banana Moon

    A terrific selection of bathing suits and other beachwear is sold here. The well-made bathing suit tops and bottoms are sold separately to ensure a...Read More

  • 15. Blue Mall

    Between Maho and Cupecoy, Blue Mall is a modern shopping space with a growing selection of shops. It's convenient, especially if it's sporting attire or...Read More

  • 16. Cartier

    Jewelry & Watches

    Cartier has a lovely collection of fine jewelry. ...Read More

  • 17. Divine

    Ceramics/Glassware

    Divine has a sparkling array of Swarovski crystal and a timely selection of Swatches. ...Read More

  • 18. Façonnable

    The refined men's line of cheery, well-fitting shirts is well represented, with a smattering of women's items in back....Read More

  • 19. Gingerbread Galerie

    This gallery on the town side of the marina specializes in Haitian folk art and sells both expensive paintings and more reasonably priced decorative pieces...Read More

  • 20. Hip Up

    Clothing

    This outpost of the popular French retailer has a terrific selection of swimsuits, cute cover-ups, and beach accessories like rhinestone-studded...Read More

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