Philipsburg is #4 of the most popular cruise ports on earth. Hmmm. It is the capital of the Dutch side of St. Maarten. It boasts of having a mile long commercial district filled to the brim with duty free merchandise. We drove there on a day when only one cruise ship was in port so it wasn’t very crowded. The next day they were expecting 6 ships in. Yeesch! I have NEVER seen so many jewelry stores in one place in my life. I cannot believe I got some pictures which don’t show any. There would be 7 in a row, one t-shirt shop, than another 10 stores in which to leave your money and go home with something shiny. Not our cup of tea. We were hoping to find galleries with local art and such. None really. I guess they know what the ship visitors want. Oh yes, there were bars and eateries along the boardwalk which were quite festive. Tropical print shirt or dress anyone?
Have a colorful weekend! Margie