We shopped a little in the Dockyard area, and spent most of our time at the Glassworks where we bought Christmas ornaments and watched the glass blowing demonstrations. So much fun!
I wouldn't go out of my way to back to St. Maarten at all. The tour took us past nothing but slums and the beach was so gross that we didn't want to even touch anything. Couple that with a surly bus driver and you have the makings of a crappy day.
If we would have known better, we would have taken a water taxi to downtown and shopped and went to the beach there without bothering to take a tour. They had nice shops and beach right there downtown and the scenery was much nicer then anything we saw!
They had the best prices on liquor out of all the islands we visited.
The water was unreal. It's hard to believe that those colors - every single shade of blue - exist in real life. Coming from New York, we're used to our water at the beach as being on the brown side, so being able to see my feet in four feet of water was amazing!
Definitely a place worth spending more time in.