Philipsburg offers an appealing boardwalk, enticing shops, white beaches, historical buildings, an interesting museum, an old fort, and a Caribbean zoo. The choice is yours!
Philipsburg is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten. While the official language is Dutch and the Antillean florin is still around, English is the common language and American dollars are the way to pay. In Philipsburg, visitors can go for a sunny stroll on the boardwalk, a shopping spree in the duty-free stores, a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea, an exhilarating excursion, or a walk past historical buildings. Fort Amsterdam offers amazing views and a sense of history, whereas St. Maarten Park pleases the kids with exotic animals. And, the vibrant Carnival in Philipsburg is not to be missed!
Liesbet Collaert is a freelance writer from Belgium. She traveled all her life, and currently enjoys cruising the Caribbean with her family on the 35-foot sailing catamaran Irie. She spent four months in St. Martin, enjoying the unique atmosphere of Marigot, Philipsburg and the rest of the island.