St. Maarten's duty-free shopping has given rise to the saying "Pack less clothes and more money". Many St. Maarten visitors have been pleasantly surprised when after having made the “special” jewelry purchase; they go home for an appraisal that is quite a bit higher than what they paid. Over the years we have seen that the jeweler, not the diamond has become a girl’s best friend!
Wines and liquor are so inexpensive that bringing home extra is well worth paying the duty on the return home. Clothing, electronics and beads are just a few of the things visitors stock up on.