St Maarten/ St Martin’s nightlife hotspots include the areas of Maho and Simpson Bay. This is a friendly, good time destination which arguably contains more bars per capita than any other Caribbean island. After-dark activities begin early here, and usually at a sundowner on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.
Nightlife choices range from barefoot beach bars to trendy discos and, of course, casinos. Try fashionable hang-out Bliss or Asian-inspired Tandra Nightclub & Sanctuary for a night out dancing.
Why not make that night last forever under the lights of one of the Dutch side’s many casinos or try your luck until the wee hours of the morning? Casino Royale offers gambling, Caribbean-style. Cheri’s Café and The Sopranos Piano Bar are in the area and attract fans of local live bands. Free entertainment abounds.
Most restaurants (notably at Simpson Bay) and beach bars (especially on Orient Bay) host live bands at least once a week, not to mention joyous happy hours. Hotels sponsor beachside barbecues with string bands.
Then there are the regular community jump-ups. Friday nights, the Philipsburg boardwalk along Front Street percolates with activity, as does Marigot’s waterfront market Wednesdays and Sundays in season. Tuesdays from January to May, the “Mardi de Grand Case” (aka Harmony Night) explodes with color and sound: brass or steel drum bands, dancers, street performers, local crafts booths, and barbecue.
To find out what’s on during your stay, get the Thursday edition of The Daily Herald, which runs an “Out and About” section and lists of upcoming events.
Visitors should note that many clubs do not open until 10pm and close whenever. Beach bars open around 12pm-12am.