St. Maarten Tourism Bureau highlights shopping experience

POSTED: 06/5/12 12:01 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau sent out an e-mail blast this weekend highlighting the shopping opportunities here. According to the statement three simple words make the island of St. Maarten a shopper’s paradise – duty-free shopping. The release calls St. Maarten’s capital – Philipsburg – the epicenter for shopping with boutique stores lining Front Street, which stretches over a mile. Shoppers will find that most prices are up to 50 percent less than other countries and are quoted in U.S. dollars saving the confusion of sorting out the exchange rate.

Along Front Street, stores range from Tiffany to Tommy Hilfiger. The St. Rose Shopping Mall on the boardwalk by Front Street features Cartier, Lalique, and Faconnable. Old Street, situated off Front Street, is highlighted by 19th century houses which contain specialty shops. Maho Plaza (located by the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort) is another area for name-brand stores.
“Whether travelers come for our beaches and spas or our cuisine and nightlife, one thing is certain – they never return home empty handed,” interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau May-Ling Chun said.
St. Maarten offers great buys on jewelry, a perennial favorite among shoppers, with jewelers offering everything from loose stones to original designs. International fashion items such as Gucci and Ralph Lauren can be found at reasonable rates as well as fine leather goods, top-of-the line cosmetics and state-of-the-art electronics. Art enthusiasts will delight in native prints and local craft pieces as well as works from artists all over the Caribbean.

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