Philipsburg is the Dutch capital of St. Maarten, a Caribbean island paradise split between the French and Dutch in 1648. The capital curves along the Great Bay like a toy village, and it is one of the busiest duty-free shopping areas in the Caribbean. Strolling Philipsburg is a real pleasure thanks to the handsome beachside boardwalk, and many historic sites and natural treasures wait to be explored throughout the city and the Dutch side of the island.