Day 1: Philipsburg
Philipsburg is the biggest town on the island, with lots of shopping, entertainment and a great beach – it is the best place to start your trip on the island. Philipsburg is a town with something for everyone. For the family, there is the Yoda Guy exhibit, the beach and a great boardwalk. For foodies, Philipsburg has many great restaurants to choose from – ranging from local fare to dutch haute cuisine. And finally, for the shoppers, there are numerous exciting stores along the boardwalk, from large brands to local markets, Philipsburg has it all.
for a local lunch (that is very tasty) we recommend Semples Bar and Restaurant for their great BBQ chicken and rotis.
After lunch, keep exploring the town. It has much to offer and discover. A few interesting spots include the I Heart SXM sign at the very end of the beach, the beautiful courthouse (which is operational but very beautiful from the outside – note: there are no cameras allowed inside because IT IS A OPERATIONAL COURTHOUSE) and the marina, which has some great little boutique shops and (one of our favorites) the greenhouse restaurant.
DAY 2 Simpson Bay and Maho
On day 2, the fun is still only getting started. The Simpson bay and Maho areas are probably the best in all of SXM. Simpson bay is a very busy part of the island, it also has some of the islands best yacht clubs – so lookout for the huge boats… Simpson bay has very beautiful beaches, usually pretty quiet making it ideal for families.
After enjoying the beach, it is time for lunch. There are many restaurants around, all of which you will like. For dessert, the Carousel Gelateria is a must. Not only does it have the best ice cream on the whole island, but it also features a gallery of pictures – of people eating ice cream, and a working carousel that the young and old will enjoy. After lunch, head to Maho in the afternoon – when all of the big planes will be landing. This beach is quite a busy one and very loud – no really recommended for little kids as the waves are quite big there too. This beach is very entertaining, just imagine huge planes flying just a few feet above your head! It really is quite a thrilling experience that you cannot afford to miss. For dinner (for you will presumably be hungry after enjoying the thrills of Maho) head over to the Maho bay resort area. There is quite a lively night scene here and there are some great restaurant and shops here (shipwreck is our top recommendation). If you are travelling with a family and not really looking for an entertained night, head back to Philipsburg, for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Today is the day to sharpen your French skills, because we are heading to the French side of the island 9 you heard thet right, the island is actually two different coutries with two different flags and governments!). Start the day in Marigot, it is a lovely French town with very cute little shops and cafes. Our personal favorite is Le Café Plongier in downtown Marigot overlooking the beautiful marina. After breakfast, head to Pic Paradis. The islands highest point which features not only a restaurant and bar but also a serviced pool and hiking opportunities. Not to mention treetop trekking and other activities. This place is great for everyone. You can easily spend a large portion of your day here. After Pic paradis, head to Grand Case for dinner. Grand Case is probably the most beautiful town on the island, it has a long boulevard filled with restaurants serving everything from lobster to fresh fish. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the beach.
Since it is the last day, its best to take a relaxed approach. Start the day off with breakfast in Philipsburg – the Holland house is our favorite. Then take the time to soak in the last bits of sun. chances are that your flight will be in the afternoon, so relax, take some time to pack and be at the airport early. PJIA is still under repair from hurricane Irma and the crowds can get pretty big. (for whatever reason, almost all of the international flights arrive after 1PM). Sit back and reflect on the amazing time you have spent on the island. And remember, there is always next year…