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Where to Shop In St Martin St / Maarten
St Martin / St Maarten boast some of the top luxury shopping experiences in the Caribbean, with many great boutique stores, arts and crafts galleries, as well as chic fashion and jewellery stores
St Martin / St Maarten is the place to shop for luxury goods in the Caribbean. Both prices and selection in this duty-free island are exceptional, and recent changes in custom regulations have made those returning home to the US with their purchases an even better deal. Generally, you can expect savings of from 20-30 per cent on most purchase, plus additional savings by paying no tax.
The island is especially well-known for its many excellent jewellery stores, with Philipsburg having the most stores and variety. And loose gemstones are exempt from custom duty which means they do not count toward the custom allowance.
Luxury Shopping in Sta Martin / St Maarten
Electronics are also popular luxury goods to purchase in St Martin / St Maarten, including cameras and entertainment systems being especially great buys. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find all the latest models and technology on display here.
Be sure to also check out the chic boutique stores here, too. These sell the trendiest fashions, the top designer brands, and the latest in ‘haute couture‘, rivalling the big cities like Paris and London for variety and pricing. The French side of the island, especially Marigot, takes the lead here.
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Make sure to also shop for European delicacies to take home. The French side of the island offers a great variety, while the best in crystal, linens, and that famous Dutch Delft dishware is offered in many stores in Philipsburg.
You can also shop for fine cigars, perfume, sunglasses, liquor, art, and local crafts throughout the island. A fun shopping experience is a visit to the local weekly markets for spices, fresh fish, produce, and imported specialties.
For the latest news and reviews regarding luxury shopping in this part of the Caribbean, be sure to visit our LuxuryStMartinStMaarten shopping section frequently. Happy shopping!