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March 8, 2017

Best Times to Visit St. Martin – St. Maarten

The best time to visit St. Martin and St. Maarten is May and June or between November and mid December. These select weeks are times when hotels advertise their best rates. The island’s weather is pleasant year-round, but these are times when rain showers are less likely. Summer and early fall are not good for a vacation; many hotels close in this off-season and there’s a chance of hurricanes. Also avoid visiting in winter if you can. That’s when St. Martin and St. Maarten milks its wealthy vacationers.

Best Months to Visit

U.S. News editors analyzed weather and price trends to recommend the top times to visit.

Best Time To Visit

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mid December- April Good luck holding on to your money in this season — this is when the island marks up airfare and room prices. To get the best deal, begin searching for lodging many, manymonths before your expected trip — and at least be ready to book two months beforehand. Also avoid Christmas and the long weekends over Martin Luther King and President’s Day holidays. The weather, however, is a dream: Highs are in the low 80s with very little rain.

Key Events:

  • Arrowroot Festival (St. Martin, February)
  • Heineken Regatta (St. Maarten, March)
  • Carnival (All-island, Mid April–May)
May-June If you can squeeze a vacation in these two months, you’ll be treated to a 50-percent slash in prices. The weather also cooperates, with highs in the mid 80s. Remember that June is the beginning of the hurricane season, so rain showers are more common, but there’s very little chance of a bad storm.

Key Events:

July-October St. Martin and St. Maarten broils with temperatures reaching the high 80s; there’s also an increased chance of rain (October is particularly soggy). But the bonus to traveling at this time would be the discounts, as the few hotels that remain open advertise rates well below $200 a night.

Key Events:

  • Victor Schoelcher Grand Case Festival (St. Martin, July)
November-   Mid December Visiting the island sometime in this six-week window could be particularly sweet. You’ll experience the pleasant weather that the winter season is known for (mid 70s to low 80s on average) and if you’re lucky, you’ll also find a pretty good vacation package.

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