We’ve covered Barbados and Jamaica, so now it’s definitely time to put in a few words for St. Maarten. Some people like to hop around the Caribbean, but if you really had to pick a place in the Caribbean to start with, you definitely want to pick St. Maarten. The island is well known for its luxurious offerings, and while it’s possible to go on the cheap anywhere in the Caribbean, you will have a lot more fun if you make a little room in your budget for some of the luxury things.
Ready for your own little virtual list of all things St. Maarten? Great, let’s go!
One thing that you have to know about this island nation is that it’s actually based on two different countries. There’s Sint Maarten, which belongs to the Dutch, and St. Martin, which belongs to the French. Tourists can go to either side of the island and find plenty of things to do. The Dutch side tends to favor a lot of partying and wild fun, whereas the French side is a bit more laid back with more focus on its French roots than anything else.
The best time to go to the island is…anytime! You’ll find an annual temperature to be around 26 degrees C — about 78 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s pretty warm all year long, but there are times where the heat cools off. July through October is when you’re going to get a lot of heat and humidity. September is hurricane season and many businesses shut down to protect themselves. Being an island nation, hurricanes can be really brutal so it’s better to close and protect what you have than to just assume that you can weather hurricane season. Some years you might get lucky but other years, well… you get the idea.
So when do you need to go? November and December are great times, but it could get busy as people think about heading out for a little Thanksgiving fun, island style. May to June are great times for the weather and the whole Spring Break mentality is a bit less than you might expect. (more…)