Philipsburg, St Maarten Cruises

Philipsburg harbour in St Maarten
Philipsburg harbour in St Maarten
Bridge across the river in St Maarten

Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch half of St. Maarten, a Caribbean island amicably shared between Holland and France for centuries. The town is known as a shopper’s paradise, while its charming sandy beach, studded with colourful clapboard restaurants and outdoor cafés, is accessible via water taxi.

Front Street, Philipsburg’s long main street, is festooned with shops, but the alleys and courtyards down to Back Street are also worth exploring.[ReadMoreMob] There are some stylish restaurants, but the Lo-Lo huts, which sell grilled chicken, fish and cakes from home-made barbecues, are great for a cheap snack of authentic Caribbean food.

This tiny island was divided between the Dutch and French in the 1600s, as a bastion against the Spanish. This melting pot of rich cultures and old-world charm was supposedly divided up by someone from each country walking round the coastline in opposite directions until they met up again.

Two historic forts reflect the island’s colonial past: Fort Amsterdam, built in 1631 and soon after captured by the Spanish, offers fine views over Philipsburg from the original walls, and Fort Willem, built by the British during the Napoleonic War.

 

Cruises to Philipsburg

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Classic Caribbean Islands • S2324

 Liverpool
Borealis
Wed 15 Nov 2023
29 nights
  • Cuisine, culture, natural beauty and breahtaking beaches - experience the best of the Caribbean
  • Sample Caribbean rum in Barbados, and learn about cocoa and sugar cane farming in Grenada and St Kitts
  • Relax on the sands of Antigua, witness the volcanic wonders of St Lucia and Dominica, and much more
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Transatlantic voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean • M233031

 Southampton
Braemar
Sun 03 Dec 2023
30 nights
  • Swap the winter gloom for Caribbean sunshine, scenery and Christmas celebrations
  • Relax on beautiful beaches, discover volcanic lands, look out for whales and more
  • Enjoy Christmas on board Braemar and, after exploring Havana, welcome 2024 in the Cuban capital
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Christmas in the Caribbean • M2331

 Bridgetown
Braemar
Tue 19 Dec 2023
14 nights
  • Celebrate the festive season in style amongst beautiful Caribbean islands
  • Sample authentic Caribbean flavours, relax on golden beaches, explore gorgeous landscapes and more
  • Experience a magical Christmas on Braemar and see in 2024 in Havana
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Islands of the Caribbean • M2402

 Havana
Braemar
Tue 16 Jan 2024
14 nights
  • Recharge your batteries with Caribbean relaxation and culture
  • Experience Havana to the full, with time to explore and ample Latin cultures
  • Go beach-hopping and take in gorgeous Caribbean island scenery