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. 120% Lino

    Clothing

    This store has nicely made classy shirts and pants made of pure linen in pastel tones. ...Read More

  • 2. Antoine Chapon

    Art Galleries

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

  • 3. Art of Time

    Jewelry & Watches

    This reputable shop carries Mikimoto, Pandora, and David Yurman, among many others, as well as high-end designer watches, including Chanel,...Read More

  • 4. Banana Moon

    Clothing

    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...Read More

  • 5. Galerie Camaïeu

    Art Galleries

    This gallery sells both originals and copies of works by Caribbean artists. It's closed Sunday, plus Saturday May–November. ...Read More

  • 6. Gingerbread Galerie

    Art Galleries

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

  • 7. Josiane Casaubon

    Art Galleries

    Josiane Casaubon displays paintings every afternoon or by appointment. ...Read More

  • 8. Lacoste

    Clothing

    The preppy clothier has everything with the alligator logo for men, women, and children. Prices are somewhat lower than in the United States. ...Read More

  • 9. Lipstick

    Perfume/Cosmetics

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

  • 10. Little Europe

    Jewelry & Watches

    This store sells fine jewelry, crystal, and china such as Lladro and Lalique. ...Read More

  • 11. Longchamp

    Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This is the local outpost for the chic French leather-goods company, with an especially good selection of the Pliage line of foldable, durable...Read More

  • 12. Manek's

    Jewelry & Watches

    Two floors house electronics, luggage, perfume, jewelry, Cuban cigars, duty-free liquors, and tobacco products. ...Read More

  • 13. Max Mara

    Clothing

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

  • 14. Minguet Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

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

  • 15. Tropismes Gallery

    Art Galleries

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

  • 16. Vilebrequin

    Clothing

    This shop on the marina has a vast selection of brightly patterned status swimsuits for men and boys. ...Read More

  • 17. Voila!!!

    Clothing

    The trendy beach attire, arty accessories, and souvenirs are fun to try on and buy here. Late hours mean you can shop before or after dinner....Read More

  • 18. Cartier

    Jewelry & Watches

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

  • 19. Tuula

    Clothing

    Tuula is another good boutique across from Marina Port La Royale, this one stocking an interesting selection of fashion-forward and one-of-a...Read More

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