St. Maarten/St. Martin Travel Tips
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Foodies, line up for locally-made Caribbean Sweets and over 400 kinds of fresh candy at St. Maarten Candy Store!
When you walk up to the store, the first thing that'll catch your eye is the store's awesome exterior! It's painted a bright blue color with a yellow thatched roof and is decorated with colorful candy wrappers of just about any candy you can possibly imagine. You'll definitely want to take a photo of it before you leave.
Once inside, you can treat yourself to some locally-made candy, Dutch specialty sweets, licorice ropes or lip-smacking chocolate. If you’re lucky, you might even run into a guy known as the Candy Man from Canada who likes to tell his tale of how he came to live in St. Maarten.
Bag Some Pirate Booty at Shipwreck Shop
You're nearing the end of your vacation and just realized you haven't had the chance to pick up souvenirs for mom, pop or Uncle Bob. Don't panic. Instead, head straight to Shipwreck Shop on St. Maarten.
When you walk into the shop, you'll feel just like a real treasure hunter as you peruse the treasure trove of quaint, one-of-a-kind souvenirs on the shelves.
Choose from guavaberry liqueur, local spices and seasonings, or Caribbean crafts of all sorts. You can also find local artwork, clothing, jewelry, books and other knick knacks. This is the perfect place for one-stop souvenir shopping.
Stir your Own Scent: Tijon Parfumerie
So maybe you can’t visit the heart of the French perfume industry in Grasse, France, but you can get pretty close! If you've ever dreamed of making your own perfume, then this stop is a must.
Make a beeline for Tijon Parfumerie, a unique little shop on the French side of Saint Martin where you can mix and make your own perfume! Once you arrive, you'll get to sniff, sample and choose from over 300 oils. After that, you get to mix and bottle your fragrant creation.
Now you can really create your own signature scent, the perfect reminder of your luxurious stay in the French Caribbean!
Best Power-Shopping for Souvenirs: En Vogue
Grab something for everyone at this tiny boutique! Instead of picking through stacks of cheap and cheesy souvenirs, everything you find here has a special French flair.
Choose from several trinkets and home accessories like Provençal tea towels or luxurious Laguiole knives made of precious-wood and bone handles.
You can also find brightly-colored, hand-painted Limoges porcelain made by the renowned French ceramicist Soizick de la Bruguière. Ooh-la-la!
Find Fresh Fish at the Chippe Café
You haven’t had sushi until you’ve tried it in the Caribbean. With all the water surrounding these beautiful islands, you're sure to get some of the freshest seafood around.
For a taste of it, head straight to the Chippe Cafe. This joint in Philipsburg (located on the Dutch side, St. Maarten) has quickly become a favorite among locals from all walks of life.
Imagine fish fresh from the ocean around you – it’s a delicious, clean taste you can’t duplicate anywhere else. Plus, they offer huge pieces at reasonable prices.
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