Saint Maarten Weather and Climate
St. Martin is an island in the Caribbean Sea. It is divided into a Dutch part called Sint Maarten, which was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010, and the French part called St. Martin.
The capital of the French part is Marigot, while the capital of Sint Maarten is Philipsburg. St. Maarten is one of the so-called “islands above the wind”. The island has a total of about 70,000 inhabitants.
Of the Caribbean islands, Anguilla, St. Barth and Saba are the closest, between 15 and 50 kilometers from St. Maarten.
The next larger islands are to the west of Puerto Rico, which is almost 300 kilometers away, and to the southeast, Guadeloupe, which is almost 250 kilometers away. It is about 900 kilometers to the South American mainland, North America (Florida) is about 200 kilometers from St. Maarten.
It is about 7,500 kilometers to Germany.
The climate on St. Maarten
The climate on St. Maarten is maritime and tropical. The temperatures are relatively high, but fluctuate only slightly over the course of the year. As it is on the northern hemisphere are the warmer summer months of June – August with maximum temperatures above 30 °„ C and an average temperature of 29 °„ C. However, the winter months are not much cooler, here the average temperatures are still around 25 °„ C, and the lowest temperatures hardly fall below 20 °„ C.
Beach holidays are possible all year round thanks to the pleasant water temperatures, 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 during the first months of the year, in summer and autumn, however, there is something more rainfall in the months of September – November each about 100 mm per month. However, there is no extreme rainy season with more than 175mm of rainfall per month.
When to go on holiday to 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 best travel time, as the average daily temperatures are then below 28 °„ C and it is a bit more pleasant than in the remaining months.
In addition, the first half of the year recorded noticeably less humidity and rainfall than the second half of the year. Especially between August and November, a little more rainfall can be expected on St. Maarten. The daytime temperatures are permanently well above the 30 degree mark during this time.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Philipsburg (St. Maarten)
|Daytime temperature||29 °„ C||29 °„ C||29 °„ C||30 °„ C||30 °„ C||31 °„ C||32 °„ C||32 °„ C||32 °„ C||31 °„ C||30 °„ C||29 °„ C|
|Night temperature||23 °„ C||23 °„ C||24 °„ C||24 °„ C||25 °„ C||25 °„ C||26 °„ C||26 °„ C||26 °„ C||26 °„ C||25 °„ C||24 °„ C|
|Water temperature||27 °„ C||26 °„ C||27 °„ C||27 °„ C||28 °„ C||28 °„ C||28 °„ C||29 °„ C||29 °„ C||29 °„ C||28 °„ C||28 °„ C|
|Precipitation in mm||66||51||45||64||93||62||72||99||140||113||149||94|
|Hours of sunshine||8||8||9||9||8||8||8||9||8||8||8||8|
The annual average temperature in Philipsburg is 27.1 °„ C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 °„ C, in Berlin it is 9.6 °„ C. The warmest month is August (28.6 °„ C), coldest month of February with averages of 25.4 °„ C. The maximum water temperature in Philipsburg is 29 °„ C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 °„ C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 1047 mm on 142 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. You cannot expect snow in any month in Philipsburg.
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines for 8.3 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
Highlights of the island
St. Maarten is a popular holiday destination that is visited on Caribbean cruises. The cruise ships dock in the morning, the tourists can spend the day on the island and in the evening the ship sets off again. As a result, there are only a few tourists on the island in the evening and, especially in the Dutch part, the capital Philipsburg is deserted in the evenings.
St. Maarten attracts many so-called plane spotters. Maho Beach is located directly at the airport, there you can watch landing planes very close, as they come down only a few meters above the beach and touch down on the runway that begins directly behind it.