Or simply take a walk along the shore, which lasts about ten minutes, till you reach the Philipsburg boardwalk. At the boardwalk you will find a lot of litte bars, some of which offer a free wifi connection, so you can write a quick e-mail home while enjoing a beer or iced drink at the beach. You can also rent an umbrella at the beach at some of the bars. They charge about 20$ for the umbrella and you get 4 iced drinks together with that deal.
Behind the boardwalk you will find St Maarten’s Front and Back Street. These are the main shopping streets with a lot of shops for electronics, tobacco and clothes. And don’t forget the local Guavaberry Rum.
By the way, St Maarten weather is best in the months from october till march. So be sure to plan your trip during that period.
If you want to discouver the remote areas of the friendly island, you could take a taxi direct at the cruise terminal, but if you want to safe some money, it is wiser to seek out a taxi in Philipsburg. From there you could get to Maho Beach with the world famous landing strip of the Princess Juliana Int. Airport. It’s really fun to watch the tourists getting blown off the beach by the turbines of starting planes. If you get there, be sure to visit the Sunset Beach Bar, one of the best beach bars in the world. Hint: Topless women get their drinks for free.
You could also visit the northern french part of the island. It’s the caribbean version of Cannes ore Nice. It’s a very nice area of St Maarten, if you ask me.