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Address: Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.

This crowded street is a popular tourist center for duty-free shopping.

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Great place to buy Swiss watches

Fronstreet is a great place to shop! There are stores that sell quality souvenirs, high-end clothing and amazing jewelry. I was in the market for a Tudor or Panerai timepiece... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
IrixGuy
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fronstreet is a great place to shop! There are stores that sell quality souvenirs, high-end clothing and amazing jewelry. I was in the market for a Tudor or Panerai timepiece and found a great deal on a Panerai Luminor at Art of Time. The staff at Art of Time were super friendly and knowledgeable! I was not impressed with the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Frontstreet and the boardwalk are eerily dead, other than some restaurants, after 5:00pm. It definitely caters to the cruise ship crowd. Despite staying on the outer edges of Great Bay, I spent little time here because I wanted to spend every second of daylight on the beach and there was nothing to do here at night.

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Thank Ashley S
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy little area with a variety of shops; mostly jewellery. Lots of jewellery shops pressure you in with guarantee of free gift. I collected many different charms for my daughter's charm bracelet. Make sure to bring cash as the power is out frequently, therefore debit and credit machines don't work in all of the shops. Free cold beer is often... More 

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East Granby, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The one thing lacking in the island nations are history, local culture and promoting their heritage. Yes tourism brings in dollars, but would like to learn more .... few places have plaques that describe the location's history. Front Street was dramatic and tree lined (with fountains to get wet) but led to the court house. Take photos, the postcard doesn't... More 

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SI,NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a 2.00 bus ride from Maho to this location . It's a nice area with high end shopping , mostly Jewerly . The only annoying thing the workers pressure you to come into there stores and always trying to sell you something. Overall I do recommend you coming to this area especially if looking for Jewerly .

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Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit crowded, the street can be uneven and cars that don't quite belong just appear out of no where. But it is all fun and there are tons of shops of all kinds. Just keep your purse close and wallet in the front pocket and keep saying NO.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome shopping great little bars and restaurants everyone was friendly and helpful beach close by was a bit crowded no real high pressure sales

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Windermere, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is what I consider a typical cruise port shopping experience. There are lots of shops with all of the typical merchandise. If you want to shop this a convenient choice. You can find some good prices if you try.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place where you'll find your trinkets, souvenirs, hats and other similar wares. It's a nice stroll which leads right to the beach. There are plenty of small vendors there that will negotiate with you. Great experience if you're visiting the island for the first time.

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Glencoe, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want t-shirt vendors, jewelry stores and the standard del sol shop, then you've come to the right place. Absolutely nothing wrong with Front Street, but nothing terribly special, either. I will say it's nicer than Charlotte Amalie -- a lot less liquor stores, it seemed. But the barkers were out in front of all the jewelers and other... More 

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