Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch part with lots of gambling places and jewelries functions as an outdoor shopping mall for cruise-goers with cash to burn. Most of the action is concentrated around the front street, the Bayfront road which is lined with boutiques, jewelry shops, restaurants, casinos and duty-free shops selling everything from Danish porcelain to Japanese cameras and electronics.
Philipsburg alight on some days five huge cruise ships at the same time. Thus ca. 10,000 day tourists walk around at a population of all together 80,000!