Philipsburg: White sandy beaches and vibrant boardwalk cafesBoth the French and the Dutch claim the island of St. Maarten as, in 1648; the authorities signed a treaty that divided the island between them.
One of the highpoints of travelling with MSC Cruises aboard our beautiful ships in the Caribbean is having the time to take in pretty destinations such as Philipsburg. On an MSC Cruises excursion to this capital city, everyone, from sun-worshippers to those looking to bag a bargain, will find something to suit.
As the ship docks, youâ€™ll see that between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond, the Dutch capital Philipsburg fills a small stretch of land, and two main roads Front Street and Back Street cut across the city.
Front Street is the main thoroughfare featuring traditional West Indian architecture and duty-free shopping of imported goods and native crafts: it is also home to the Guavaberry Emporium where they sell the local tipple, Guavaberry Rum.
Beaches are clean, white and sandy and you can refresh yourself at one of the vibrant boardwalk cafes! For the more active, choose from water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and jet-skiing, snorkeling or diving, or the ultimate sense of freedom, a horseback beach ride.
Browse the superb array of activities laid on for this destination and youâ€™ll see why we are known for offering some of the best deals on cruise vacation packages!
So go on â€“ will you try the Americaâ€™s Cup or embark on a thrilling Harley Davidson adventure?
Find the perfect Philipsburg cruise vacation on MSC Cruises!
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