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Enjoy Sint Maarten Carnival : the ultimate celebration of life.

St. Maarten is known for its vibrant culture and thrilling festivities, and the annual Carnival is a testament to that. This two-week long celebration is a time of music, dance, costumes, and revelry, attracting visitors from all over the world.


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When is Carnival in St. Maarten?

The carnival in St. Maarten takes place every year in April

📅 The official dates for 2024 are April 12th to May 1st.

Where is Carnival in St. Maarten held?

The carnival celebrations take place on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. However, the main festivities are concentrated in the Dutch side, particularly in Philipsburg.

What to expect at the St. Maarten Carnival?

The carnival in St. Maarten is a non-stop party with a variety of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Opening Ceremony: The carnival officially kicks off with a grand parade featuring colorful costumes, music, and dancing.

  • Jouvert: This is a pre-dawn celebration where people take to the streets covered in mud and paint.

  • Children's Carnival: A special day dedicated to the young ones with fun activities and games.

  • Adult Carnival: This is the main event of the carnival with elaborate costumes, energetic dancing, and live music.

  • Closing Ceremony: The carnival comes to an end with a grand parade and a fireworks display.


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How to get to St. Maarten for Carnival?

There are several ways to get to St. Maarten for carnival:

  • By plane: The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is the main airport on the island and is serviced by several airlines from around the world.

  • By ferry: There are regular ferries from Anguilla, St. Barts, and Sabre Island.

  • By cruise ship: Many cruise ships make stops at St. Maarten during the carnival season.

Where to stay in St. Maarten for Carnival?

There are a variety of accommodation options available in St. Maarten, from hotels and resorts to condos and villas. It is recommended to book your accommodation well in advance as prices tend to be higher during the carnival season.

Tips for attending Carnival in St. Maarten:

  • Plan your trip well in advance: Book your flights, accommodation, and car rental early to avoid disappointment.

  • Pack light and comfortable clothing: The weather in St. Maarten is hot and humid during the carnival season.

  • Wear sunscreen and a hat: Protect yourself from the sun's rays.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol in excess.

  • Be respectful of other people and their property: The carnival is a time to have fun, but it is important to be mindful of others.

  • Have fun! The St. Maarten carnival is an unforgettable experience.

Need a rental car to enjoy Sint Maarten Carnival?

Check out our selection of available car rentals. Yours is waiting for you ! 🌱 Consider carpooling and driving responsibly.


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