Saint Martin is still as beautiful and picturesque as ever and continues to be one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations from both new and returning tourists. This beautiful and friendly island is attracting and welcoming their past and future visitors with key new offerings.

As you might already know the island comprises of two separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is previously known to be home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It’s also very well known for its award-winning cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops.

I have been waiting patiently for many months and I can now say our beloved island is starting to make a come-back with many of the hotels, St Martin villas and restaurants open again for business. It is time for me to help all of you to plan your trip of a lifetime to St Martin.

When is the best time to travel to St Martin?

A lot of people would say from December to late March but personally I think St Martin is an all-year round destination and a lot of perks come with travelling in the off season which is from mid-April til mid-December.

The island is just back up and running after Hurricane Irma this past September and the good news is they are offering some of the best discounts and offers in the coming months making it the ideal vacation destination this year. There are so many reasons why St Martin should be the island to visit this season. It has fantastic weather, less crowds and great offers.

Weather in St Martin?

What I love about the Sint Maarten climate is that it is consistent all year around as the temperatures in Sint Maarten don’t vary that much only by approximately 5-10 degrees so the summer (the rainy season) may be a little warmer than the winter which is also called the dry season.

It is said that the best time to visit St Martin is from December to May for the best weather but I have been to the island in the middle of hurricane season and out of hurricane season and it really isn’t that different. The island may get a full day of rain during the rainy season if there is a tropical storm or hurricane nearby but thankfully this is very rare.

Plum Bay Beach After Irma - the rest time to visit st martin is now

Plum Bay Beach After Irma – Photo Credit Thomas Proust

The tropical showers that the island experience during the rainy season never last that long, usually a brief 5-10 minutes and the sun comes out again as soon as the rain shower stops so you really don’t take much notice of it.

The average temperature in St Martin is 80.6°F and it would peak at around 89.6°F. The temperature in St Martin would rarely go below 68°F so it really is nice all year around therefore I believe the best time to visit St Martin is anytime of the year.  St Maarten’s weather in February and March would have the less than average rainfall.

However, it is a little bit cooler in the evenings.

The best thing about the rainy season in St Martin (June – December) is that daylight is a few hours longer so you can do more on the island before the beautiful sunset arrives.

Average temperatures and precipitation on St. Martin

jan feb mar apr may june jul aug sept oct nov dec
Rainfall in inches 2.6 1.8 1.6 2.4 3.9 2.9 3.1 4.1 5.3 4.9 4.9 3.3
Temp. in °F 82 83 84 84 86 87 89 88 88 87 85 83
Water Temp. in °F 80 79 80 81 82 83 83 84 84 85 83 82

How busy does St Maarten/St Martin get?

Another reason to travel to this beautiful island from April–October is because it is the off season, the island has a lot less visitors and therefore the roads have less traffic, less crowded beaches, and it is easier to get reservations in the top restaurants on the island.

There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in traffic while you are on vacation. Nobody needs a vacation to be stressful so if you are like me and feel you deal with enough traffic back home – travel in the off season so you ensure you get from A to B in a jiffy. I am not saying the traffic is really bad on the island in high season, but it can get congested at times especially during Thanksgiving and the festive season.

View of the astonishingly blue sea from the Rainbow cafe on Grand Case beach

Rainbow Cafe, Grand Case – Photo Credit Thomas Proust

I know when I travel during busy times, I do stress about getting reservations at the best restaurants, so it definitely provides ease of mind to know that if you travel in the low season, once you book in advance you are sure to get a reservation along with a great table.

As the island will be that bit quieter over the next few months since there are only so many villas and hotels available to clients, it means the beaches will also be less crowded and you will feel like you have some of the beaches to yourself. I must say I love when the beaches are less crowded and you can just sit back and relax and listen the sounds of waves swooshing back and forth against the sand. When the beaches are busy, you can easily get distracted by people around you. If you would like a detailed run down on the beaches in St Martin/Maarten please read my previous blog on Best Beaches in St Martin  It might help you in finding the type of beach you would like to visit during your trip.

Offers and Discounts in St Martin/St Maarten?

As I previously mentioned, the 15th April to 14th December is the low season in St Maarten so the rates are much lower at this time of year anyway but now with the island only starting to get back to business after the storm, a lot of owners are eager for business so they are offering amazing discounts over the next few months to welcome you to visit their beautiful villas

Sun loungers by the pool at Sea Dream

Villa Sea Dream in Grand Case, one of our villas that is offering 2 nights free on weekly reservations

Prior to hurricane Irma, the owners on the island also had great offers in low season but the offers for this Summer are unbelievable as some villas are offering two free nights on weekly reservations which is exceptional value.  Do get in touch with us to find out more on our amazing offers on the island.

Is St Martin/Maarten still suitable for my Honeymoon?

Absolutely, St Martin is still an excellent choice for your honeymoon and a lot of our honeymoon clients come back every year for their anniversary to revisit the memories.

St Martin/Maarten can be as wild or laid back as you like. The island has a mix of both so it suits a lot of couples. As the island is split by two countries – the french side would be the more relaxed and romantic version with beachside gourmet restaurants while the Dutch side has the fun nightlife.

Many of the bars and restaurants are closed on the Dutch side since Irma but we are encouraging our guests to visit Simpson Bay if they would like to explore the nightlife while on the island. Little Bamboo and Lotus nightclub would be the popular hotspots at the moment.

Little Bamboo Simpson Bay – photo credit Thomas Proust

When you are on honeymoon, you just want to switch off, unwind and relax after a stressful few months of planning one of the biggest events of your life, and what better place to do this then on the beach in St Martin. If you are interested in a honeymoon in St Martin or a very special couples vacation please view my previous blog post on Honeymoon villas in St Martin

Dining and Activities?

Many restaurants around the island are still closed after Hurricane Irma.  However, there are still lots of options for dining while in St Martin.  Many restaurants, bars, cafes and beach shacks have reopened including the famous Sunset beach bar overlooking Maho Beach. This has always been a popular activity spot for watching the planes flying low down over the beach and it is usually on the top of guests bucket list.

One of St Maarten’s newest attractions, the Rainforest Adventures Rockland Estate Ecopark is also open and one of the most exciting activities on the island. It offers the Flying Dutchman which is the world’s steepest zipline, the soualiga sky explorer which is a four-person chairlift to view the amazing views of the island and the schooner SXM ride where you’ll surf down the mountain in an inner tube twisting and turning on the specially designed track. It all sounds very cool and I can’t wait to try it out on my trip this Summer.

St Martin Rainforest Adventure Park – Photo Credit Thomas Proust

Caribbean Paddling is back up and running and offers a friendly and fun way to explore Pinel Island. Guests can rent a Kayak and/or a Stand-Up Paddle board and explore this little paradise which is a great day activity. It is one of the most fun activities that you can do as a couple, travelling alone or with your family/friends.

Pinel Island

Pinel Island After Irma – Photo Credit Thomas Proust

There is so much to do on the island of St Martin/St Maarten. Most activities are still available but there are still some businesses that won’t be back in action until later this summer such as Butterfly Farm.

The St Martin Carnival is marking its 29th year which is a fantastic achievement.  It is running until May 3rd and is full of family fun activities and plenty of parades. It has so much to offer from parades down front street to carnival queen pageants. Check out the events schedule here

Conclusion

In conclusion, I really think NOW is the best time to travel to St Martin/St Maarten so you can avail of all the amazing offers and discounts, longer days, less crowds/traffic and continuous sunshine. Please do get in touch for more details on how to plan your trip to St Martin this Summer.

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