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. Aqua

    Household Items/Furniture

    Nautical striped beachwear for adults and kids, home goods, including good-quality beach towels, and matching plastic picnic-ware, and fanciful...Read More

  • 2. Art of Time Jewelers

    Jewelry & Watches

    This store specializes in watches, Montblanc pens, and jewelry by David Yurman, Chopard, and Mikimoto. ...Read More

  • 3. Artistic Jewelers

    Jewelry & Watches

    This shop carries jewelry and watches by David Yurman, Breitling, Chanel, Chopard, Jaeger-Lecoultre, and others. ...Read More

  • 4. Ballerina Jewelers

    Jewelry & Watches

    Here you can buy jewelry by Tacori and Pandora, and watches by Bell &amp& Ross, Technomarine, Franck Muller, and other luxury brands. ...Read More

  • 5. Blue Mall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    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...Read More

  • 6. Cartier

    Jewelry & Watches

    The famous upscale jeweler has a lovely collection here. ...Read More

  • 7. Façonnable

    Clothing

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

  • 8. Guavaberry Emporium

    Wine/Spirits

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

  • 9. Lipstick

    Perfume/Cosmetics

    This store has an enormous selection of perfume and cosmetics. ...Read More

  • 10. Little Europe

    Jewelry & Watches

    Come here to buy fine jewelry, crystal, and china. There is also a branch in Marigot. ...Read More

  • 11. Little Switzerland

    Jewelry & Watches

    The large Caribbean duty-free chain sells watches, fine crystal, china, perfume, and jewelry. There are five locations on the island, one a...Read More

  • 12. Oro Diamante

    Jewelry & Watches

    This store carries loose diamonds, jewelry, watches, perfume, and cosmetics. It specializes in natural colored diamonds. ...Read More

  • 13. Polo Ralph Lauren

    Clothing

    Polo Ralph Lauren has men's, women's, and children's sportswear in preppy styles, as well as a small selection of home goods. ...Read More

  • 14. Shipwreck Shop

    Crafts

    With outlets all over the island, this chain stocks a little of everything: colorful hammocks, handmade jewelry, and lots of the local Guavaberry...Read More

  • 15. SXM Candy Store

    Food/Candy

    It's a blast to pop into this tiny shop at the marina end of the Philipsburg boardwalk, where every candy you can imagine is stacked floor to...Read More

  • 16. Tommy Hilfiger

    Clothing

    This huge and attractive shop sells sportswear in the designer's trademark colors. ...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Divine

    Ceramics/Glassware

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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Lalique

    Ceramics/Glassware

    Lalique has a fine collection of French crystal. ...Read More

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