Half-French, half-Dutch, Saint-Martin reveals its cosmopolitan face. In 1648, the colonists each peacefully allocated a section of the Antilles island to the other. The cohabitation of an array of populations over the centuries lends the island a unique character. Culture and a change of scene are at the heart of a trip to Saint-Martin.
Carnival: lose yourself in the rhythm of the Caribbean
Every year, Saint Martin celebrates its own Carnival which takes place in February or March in the French part of the island, and in April in the Dutch part. Everyone is carried away with the festive spirit and enjoys the city’s celebrations.
CARNIVAL À LA FRENCH
There are many events waiting to be discovered during Carnival, especially in Grand-Case. Participants parade through the streets in brightly coloured costumes, accompanied by Caribbean bands that set the streets ablaze with color and sound. The elected Monsieur and Madame of Carnival proudly parade on their chariot and the giant King Vaval effigy is burned on a bonfire on Ash Wednesday, the last day of Carnival.
DOUBLE UP WITH THE DUTCH FESTIVITIES
For over two weeks, the people of Saint Martin dance to the Carnival beat. The largest procession of dancers and musicians follows a route through the streets of Philipsburg, usually on April 30, Queen Beatrix's birthday. In Carnival Village, you can go see live music by local artists.
- Dates: annually in February-March in the French part of the island, April in the Dutch part.
- Location: across the island of Saint Martin.