Plan your trip to Philipsburg

Important information:

Due to the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island of St-Marteen, Air transat flights to Saint-Marteen are interrupted for the entire season.

Air Transat offers flights to Philipsburg from select Canadian airports. Choose your departure city below to view detailed flight information.


Princess Juliana International Airport - Sint Maarten

Flight distance to Philipsburg 3246 km
Average flight time to Philipsburg 04H 45MIN
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Princess Juliana International Airport - Sint Maarten

Flight distance to Philipsburg 3206 km
Average flight time to Philipsburg 04H 40MIN
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Philipsburg: The heart of Dutch St. Maarten

This Caribbean gem of an island is split into two distinct settlements: the French St. Martin to the north and the Dutch St. Maarten to the south where Philipsburg is the centre of the action.


Relaxing on a beach is a popular pastime for travellers to St. Maarten, and Simpson Bay is a great place to start. For those looking for a bit more seclusion, the white sands of Guana Bay hit the mark while a stop at Maho Beach is memorable mostly for the airplanes that fly directly overhead as they approach the landing strip that is unfathomably close to the water.


The pristine waters surrounding St. Maarten are home to plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities. Popular spots include Oyster Pond Beach and Little Bay Beach beneath the historic Fort Amsterdam. For yachting enthusiasts, St. Maarten’s 12 Metre Challenge lets visitors race real America’s Cup boats in one of four regattas held every day.


Like a scene in a movie, horseback riding on the beach is an option from Lucky Stables: perfect for groups and families. Animal lovers enjoy the St. Maarten Zoo, the Caribbean’s largest zoo and home to over 80 indigenous species. Kids love the Butterfly Farm, where early risers can witness butterflies emerging from their cocoons!


Travellers can enjoy shopping along Philipsburg’s main boardwalk. Jewellery is a popular object of desire, while visitors can test their luck at one of the 13 casinos on the island.

With great restaurants, stunning beaches, outdoor activities and a pulsing nightlife, Philipsburg is the perfect spot to base a St. Maarten vacation.

To ensure a successful trip to Philipsburg, read this useful information about travelling to St. Maarten.

Weather in Philipsburg can vary throughout the year. The chart below indicates monthly average temperatures and rainfall so travellers can plan the perfect vacation at the right time and pack accordingly.
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