As cigar lovers planning vacations, we research to find the best places to buy authentic premium cigars. My recent Caribbean cruise raised the same question. While the ship’s Churchill cigar lounge offered cigars from Fuente, Davidoff, Montecristo, and Cohiba (Dominican Republic), I yearned for something bolder. So, my search began for a cigar shop in our next stop – Sint Maarten.
Sint Maarten, the smallest inhabited island split between the Dutch and the French, has been recovering from the 2019 Hurricane Irma, with tourism being its lifeblood. I decided to visit the French side’s La Casa del Habano in Marigot to buy Cuban cigars – a highlight for any cigar enthusiast.
Upon disembarking, we cut through bustling crowds of salesmen and tourists to reach a stunning Omega watch boutique. Next door, a La Casa del Habano sign caught my eye. Initial skepticism gave way to excitement when a quick internet search revealed it as a newly opened store. Plans changed immediately.
The store, equipped with a tourist-friendly luxurious setup, was exceptional. The staff, Hakeem and Rhaizza, were helpful and knowledgeable without being pushy. The lounge, accented with dark brown leather chairs, vintage wood décor, and Cuban cigar imagery, offered a premium experience. An array of cigar accessories was displayed near the bar, and the top-tier air conditioning offered relief from the Caribbean heat. The VIP area upstairs could host small events. The humidor, stocked from floor to ceiling with premium Cuban brands, was the store’s crown jewel. I chose a box of Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe and Romeo y Julieta Petit Coronas to take home.
Despite recent price hikes, the prices were reasonable due to the island’s duty-free tax laws. For anyone visiting Sint Maarten, I highly recommend a visit to the La Casa del Habano. It won’t disappoint.
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran