10 Best Places to Shop near the Cruise Port in St. Maarten

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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Philipsburg's main thoroughfare is known for its abundance of jewelry shops scattered along the cobblestone street. You can find emeralds, diamonds, gold, platinum and more at over 20 stores. Pieces from internationally known designers such as...  Read More



For authentic island flavor, look no further than this shop, which sells St. Maarten's national liqueur. Crafted of cane sugar, oak-aged rum, and the elusive guavaberries that grow in the island's central hills, this signature spirit boasts an...  Read More



The Dutch (as well as the French) are well-known for their high-quality cheese, so it's no surprise that the island is home to this little store with an outstanding selection. Just a short walk from the cruise ships in downtown Phillipsburg,...  Read More

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Del Sol is a U.S.-based chain that has expanded to 100 stores worldwide in 25 countries. Using technology that was originally designed by NASA, color-changing crystals are harvested from the sunniest places on the planet and then incorporated...  Read More

Belgian Chocolate Shop


Chocolate aficionados will moan with delight after tasting the gourmet morsels at this small establishment. Crafted right in the shop by skilled confectioners, the sweet treats frequently give rise to lines of tourists, who can't wait to nibble...  Read More

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Were a ship to wreck, this treasure trove of gifts is just what you could expect to salvage. Goods are characteristically Caribbean and include guavaberry liqueur, local spices and seasonings, and crafts of all sorts. Other great discoveries...  Read More

Little Switzerland


Elegant gifts and accessories are made affordable at Little Switzerland, thanks to the island's exemption from import and export taxes. Jewelry, china, crystal, leather, perfume and other classy goods invite you to browse and to pick up a few...  Read More



What began in 1995 as an incentive for customers of Toppers Restaurant and Bar developed into a popular product for locals and tourists alike. Over the years, the recipe was perfected and now the delicious rum is served in colorful glass bottles...  Read More

Gingerbread Galerie


Although high-quality arts and crafts aren't as easy to find on the island as some would hope, this terrific gallery is an exception. Specializing in Haitian art, it offers large- and small-scale pieces in a wide range of prices. The owner took...  Read More


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