There are few things that are as beautiful as Saint Martin/Sint Maarten in the summertime. This dual-country island features sunny and 80° weather year round, making it the perfect destination for a summer vacation (or anytime)! But the island is especially fun to visit in the summer thanks to the different local events going on, endless list of water activities, outdoor adventures, and abundance of shopping. There’s something to do for everyone on the Friendly Island! Check out our list of our favorite ways to spend the days in St. Martin.
Island Events and Holidays
Bastille Day (July 14)
Head over to the French side of the island and celebrate Bastille Day, otherwise known as France’s independence day. There will be a parade, boat race, bicycle race, and religious ceremonies to commemorate the historical storming of the Bastille in 1789. Spend the day soaking up history and culture and celebrate the tropical way!
SXM Best Weekend (July 28-August 1)
Live it up at “St. Maarten’s Biggest Island Party” during this 5 day music festival on Kimsha Beach. SXM Best Weekend features international and local artists in a series of crazy and fun beach parties, night club parties, and memorable stage performances.
Shopkeeper’s Fair in Marigot (August 13)
Shopaholics this is your lucky day! Head over to the French side of the island and spend your day shopping through the 100+ vendors and stands at the bi-anual Shopkeeper’s Fair in Marigot, the French capital city. Shop, eat, drink, and bargain your day away.
Things To Do
Fly at Loterie Farms
The Loterie Farm is an old plantation turned nature reserve / eco-park. There are over 54 hectares to explore on and an almost endless list of activities you can do. Spend your day hiking up St. Martin’s highest point, relaxing by the pool, sipping on some cocktails, or flying through the forest in their ziplines and rope obstacles.
Become a Racer at the St. Maarten 12 Metere Challenge
Trade in your baseball cap for a captain’s hat and race a real multi million dollar America’s Cup Boat Race out on the open sea. No experience necessary, seriously! Sure to be an unforgettable experience as you learn to race like Dennis Conner.
If history is your thing then spend your day at Fort Amsterdam, the first fort to be built by the Dutch in the Caribbean. Dating back to the 1600s, this historical site is rich in history and makes for a pretty great photo op!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
While Saint Martin may be known as a tropical paradise, it’s a shopper’s paradise too! As the only island in the Caribbean that is 100% duty free, you’re practically guaranteed to save more money shopping here than back in the states. Go jewelry shopping in Front Street, Philipsburg, or souvenir shopping in the open air markets and small side streets found throughout the island. Who knows – you may even need to snag an extra suitcase with all this shopping!
Take a Dip (snorkeling, scuba, jet ski, scuba, etc.) including a ufo!
Perhaps one of the easiest things to do in St. Martin in the summer is spending your days relaxing by the beach. Or if relaxing isn’t your thing head over to the famous Maho Beach, where incoming planes zoom right above beach goers at less than 100 feet above sea level. Or if you’re a thrill seeker looking for a more aquatic adventure you can scuba, snorkel, snuba, kayak, paddle board, jet ski, and even ride a UFO (Unbelievably Fun Object)!
Eat, drink, and be merry out on the open sea on a dinner cruise! There are many different types depending on where you are and what you’re looking for, but a dinner cruise is a great way to watch the summer sunset while enjoying a romantic dinner by or on the ocean.
Locally made infused rums are extremely popular in Saint Martin. Many shops and stores on both sides of the island offer rum tastings that will make you feel like a rum connoisseur (and leave you feeling pretty good too!) You may even discover a new favorite type of rum that you never knew existed! Our food tour features a sample of local rums to be sipped and savored!