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Top Choice Museum in Philipsburg

That Yoda Guy Museum

Run by Nick Malley, who helped create Yoda of Star Wars fame, this 1st-floor museum starts with a short film about the creator and his work on Star Wars. It then winds though an exhibit of movie memorabilia includin…
Top Choice Bar in Simpson Bay

Kokomo

Way down in Kokomo, reached by a steep, bumpy 400m drive off AJC Brouwer Rd, cabanas spread out beneath palm trees on the powdery sand and a beach bar made from raw timbers provide an idyllic spot for a drink betwee…
Top Choice International in Simpson Bay

Karakter

Footsteps from the turquoise water, just behind the airport runway, this fabulous dilapidated bus-turned-beach bar serves breakfast (including fresh OJ and strong coffee), and gourmet salads, sandwiches and burgers …
Top Choice French in Philipsburg

L'Escargot

An enchanting traditional Creole cottage painted a rainbow of vivid colors, this charmer is even more inviting inside with sepia lighting, embroidered tablecloths and Édith Piaf recordings playing in the background.…
Bar in Maho & Mullet Bay

Sunset Bar & Grill

At the end of the runway, this beach bar is a rite of passage for aviation buffs: where else can you sip an ice-cold beer while snapping photos of huge intercontinental jets soaring overhead? It's rocking during the…
Gelato in Simpson Bay

Carousel

After you've deliberated over 30-plus ice cream and gelato flavors, and peeked through the glass windows to watch them being made, head out the back to ride this gelateria's beautiful old-fashioned carousel (aka mer…
Vegetarian in Simpson Bay

Top Carrot

Boho hangout Top Carrot serves up scrumptious, mostly veggie options in a chilled-out cushion-clad dining room adjoining a New Age shop selling crystals, candles et al. It makes its own Bulgarian yogurt, pastries su…
Seafood in Philipsburg

Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar

With a breezy terrace opening onto the seafront, the restaurant and bar at the Holland House Beach Hotel is a popular place for a sunset beverage or all-out meal of fish, gourmet burgers (including a lobster surf-an…
Museum in Philipsburg

Sint Maarten Museum

Arawak pottery shards, plantation-era artifacts, period photos and a few items from HMS Proselyte, the frigate that sank off Fort Amsterdam in 1801, are among the displays at this island history museum, along with e…
Food & Drinks in Philipsburg

Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store

Free samples of Dutch cheeses including Gouda, Old Amsterdam, Edam and Maaslander are on offer at this emporium, which sells cheeses in varying sizes (vacuum packed on request) alongside jenever (Dutch gin), spicy s…