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As gtaylor said St Maarten is similar to STT for shopping with many jewelry and t-shirt stores and some nicer ehops. St Martin doesn't have anything like Philipsburg, but you will find some nice shops in Marigot as well as some great eateries there. And of course there are many beach shops on Orient.
St Martin is more of a gastronomic and beach destination in our opinion, and Grand Case is the ultimate spot to stop for lunch (or dinner if you're lucky enough to be there overnight).
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Last edited by blue_water; August 18th, 2012 at 10:22 PM.
Yes, Marigot has higher end boutiques, perfumeries, galleries, sidewalk cafes, etc - very chic, European and laid back. And that comes with higher prices. You wont find alot of t-shirt/junk stores here. Fewer tourists, as large ship don't dock here. We love it for the ambiance, but shop on the Dutch side for the prices. Wednesdays used to be market day- right in town by the water - nice for crafty things, spices, etc.
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