Best Time to Visit Sint Maarten

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Sint Maarten. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Philipsburg. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Sint Maarten for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 23 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.775.87 in (8 – 15 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location


St. Martin is an island in the Caribbean Sea. It is divided into a Dutch part called Sint Maarten, which belonged to the Netherlands Antilles until 2010, and the French part called St. Martin.

Capital of the French part is Marigot, the capital of Sint Maarten is Philipsburg. St. Maarten is one of the so-called “islands above the wind”. The island has about 70,000 inhabitants.

The nearest Caribbean islands are Anguilla, St. Barth and Saba, between 15 and 31 miles from St. Maarten.

The nearest larger islands are Puerto Rico to the west, which is almost 190 miles away, and Guadeloupe, almost 160 miles to the south-east. The distance to the South American mainland is about 560 miles, North America (Florida) is almost 120 miles from St. Maarten.

The climate at St. Maarten


Maho Beach Strand am Flughafen St Maarten (Solarisys / stock.adobe.com)  lizenziertes Stockfoto 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate at St. Maarten is maritime and tropical. Temperatures are relatively high, but fluctuate only slightly throughout the year. As it is located in the northern hemisphere, the warmer summer months are from June to August with maximum temperatures above 30 °C and average temperatures of 29 °C. However, the winter months are not much cooler, here the average temperatures are still around 25 °C, even the lowest temperatures barely fall below 20 °C.

Due to the pleasant water temperatures, a bathing holiday is possible all year round, the temperatures fluctuate between 26 °C and 29 °C. The weather is very pleasant all year round, the number of hours of sunshine per day is between 8 and 9.

The dry season is in the first months of the year, but in summer and autumn there is slightly more precipitation, in the months SeptemberNovember over 3.94 in per month. However, there is no extreme rainy season with more than 6.89 in precipitation per month.

Best Time to Visit Sint Maarten: Overview

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When to visit go on holiday at St. Maarten?



St. Maarten is a holiday destination that can be visited all year round. We recommend mid-December to the end of May as the average day temperatures are below 28 °C and it is somewhat more pleasant than in the remaining months.

In addition, the first half of the year is noticeably less humid and rainy than the second half. Especially between August and November, more rainfall is expected on St. Maarten. During this time, the day temperatures are permanently well above 30 °C.

Climate Chart Sint Maarten

Philipsburg

Climate Chart Philipsburg
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Sint Maarten

In the following, you will find the climate table for Sint Maarten, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Philipsburg (Sint Maarten)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°29°30°30°31°32°32°32°31°30°29°
Night Temperature23°23°24°24°25°25°26°26°26°26°25°24°
Water Temperature27°26°27°27°28°28°28°29°29°29°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)2.621.782.523.672.432.823.895.54.455.883.69
Rainy days129912108121414141513
Hours of Sunshine889988898888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Philipsburg is 27.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (28.6 °C)
Coldest month: February (25.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Philipsburg is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 41.22 inch on 142 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Philipsburg.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights of the island



St. Maarten is a popular holiday destination for Caribbean cruises. The cruise ships dock in the morning, the tourists can spend the day on the island and in the evening the ship leaves again. As a result, there are only a few tourists on the island in the evening and especially in the Dutch part of the island, the capital Philipsburg is almost extinct in the evenings.

St. Maarten attracts many so-called plane spotters. Maho Beach is located directly at the airport, where you can watch planes landing at close range, as they come down just a few meters above the beach and land on the runway just behind it.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Simpson Bay: Lambada Sunset Cruise of Saint Martin | 3 Islands Full-Day Boat Tour with Lunch | Philipsburg: Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach | Edge Ferry Day-Trip to St Barts | St. Maarten: Private Island Sightseeing Tour | Full-Day Edge Ferry to Saba | St. Maarten: Orient and Maho Beaches Half-Day Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Philipsburg (Station Rockland)
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Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 13 mph O
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
Last updated: 12th Dec 2019, 05:12 pm
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Caribbean: Regions

Sint Maarten is part of the holiday destination Caribbean. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Sint Maarten: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Sint Maarten holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Vladi , 46 years old was there in May

    Wonderful island, which we were allowed to visit 2 times on a cruise! We fell in love! In the French part where we were on that day it was pouring rain, St Maarten was the most beautiful sunshine????? A beautiful island with lovely people!

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Daniel, 32 years old was there in March

    One week of best weather, no cloud to see. The water was also pleasantly warm. It couldn’t be better.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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