The island of St. Maarten/St. Martin has the distinction of being entirely duty-free, so it has evolved into a shopping mecca for travelers. Downtown Phillipsburg is lined with cobblestone streets and quaint little shops within walking distance (or water taxi ride) from where the shops dock. Jewelry shoppers will have no problem finding a store that sells fine diamonds, gems, and watches - they are everywhere. However, when digging deeper, shoppers will find a wealth of other stores, artisan crafts, exclusive island spirits, and gourmet foods that make excellent gifts for friends and family.
The island is known for its unique guavaberries, so a bottle of this rum is a popular choice for visitors, many of whom head to bustling Front Street, the main shopping hub. Exquisite Dutch cheese can be found at Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store, while the Belgian Chocolate Shop offers sweet treats. For handmade local jewelry and tableware, the Art Box sells an array of colorful - and functional - products.
Passengers can easily enjoy a day of shopping and dining in town, or squeeze in a couple stops on the way back to the vessel after a shore excursion. The team at 10Best have carefully selected their favorite shops in the area, and present this list of 10 that are conveniently located near the cruise port.
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