St. Maarten is a year-round tropical destination with two different sides, one Dutch and the other French (spelled "St. Martin"). The island experiences warm, dry temperatures that average 80 degrees year-round. The summer sees fewer visitors and is the cheapest time to visit. Much of the spring and fall provides a mix of pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices.
- high season: December to April
- low season: July to September
- shoulder season: May to June, October to November
Comprised of flat coastal lowlands and a hilly interior, St. Maarten enjoys moderate, warm weather throughout the year. From December through April, the weather is dry and temperate. Light rain and humidity is common during the rest of the year. Hurricane season for the entire Caribbean is from June through November.
St. Maarten is least crowded during September and most crowded from December through April. Events such as the Heineken Regatta, which takes place on the first full weekend in March, and Carnival, which occurs during the last two weeks of April, draw considerable crowds.
While the majority of hotels, restaurants, and shops remain open throughout the year, some hotels and restaurants on the French side close in September for renovations.
When to Save
Prices are lowest during St. Maarten's low season from July through September. The spring and fall shoulder seasons see a dip in air and hotel prices compared to high season.
When to Book
Book at least three months in advance to find the most inexpensive airfares. Some airlines, however, provide last-minute specials two weeks before travel dates.
Information provided by the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.