Best Time to Visit St. Martin


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High season—from mid-December to mid-April—attracts throngs of budget travelers and spring breakers. Special events include the annual Arrowroot Festival in February and Carnival in April, but set aside Tuesday night for Harmony Night in Grand Case. It’s a street party with music, food, and dance every week from January through the end of March.

The shoulder seasons of April and May and September to mid-December tend to be calmer and even cheaper, though in the fall you may find yourself deluged with offers of hurricane parties (if not hurricanes themselves).

Celebrate the launch of low season with a Memorial Day trip, or travel any time through the end of August. In fact, summer brings several music festivals, a film festival, and the Caribbean Festival, which attracts so many people that it’s held in the 2,600-person Alberic Richards Stadium on the French side. Golfers will particularly want to plan a low-season trip during August’s full moon, when the Mullet Bay Golf Course schedules a special Moonlight Golf session complete with glow-in-the-dark balls.