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Tip #3

Some of the best Caribbean vacations depend on whether they are visited by cruise or for a long-term stay.

Bahamas, Cozumel and St. Maarten are all great cruise destinations in part because of high-quality shopping and dining districts.

Aruba, Jamaica and Dominican Republic appeal to long-term stays -- Aruba because of great beaches and hotels, Jamaica and DR because of resorts.
- Scott Bateman
St. Maarten

St. Maarten Climate - Temperatures - Average Weather

St. Maarten Weather - When to Go, When to Stay Away
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St. Maarten Weather

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St. Maarten climate is the same whether you go to the Dutch side or the French side -- it's warm year round, but watch out for rain in the fall.

The island, smallest in the world shared by two nations, is a mix of Dutch and French cultures that make it a popular destination for eastern and southern Caribbean cruises. The weather is warm and sunny eight months of the year, but rain is a factor during the other four months.

St. Maarten climate is warm year-round because it is located in the southern Caribbean and closer to the equator than most islands.

St. Maarten Climate Chart
MonthJFMAMJJASONDAvg
Avg Max Temp83848586878889898988868587
Avg Min Temp74747475777979797978777577
Rain (inches)3223423454643

Source: Meteorological Service of Netherland Antilles and Aruba

The average monthly high temperature is about 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the average monthly low is about 77 degrees, according to the Meteorological Service of Netherland Antilles and Aruba.

The monthly high temperatures climb to an average of 88 to 89 degrees in June through October. They drop to about 84 degrees from December through March.

The island receives an average of 3.4 inches of rain per month, but with definite highs and lows during the year.

St. Maarten has about two inches of rain a month from January through April. It jumps to nearly four inches in May and declines in June and July.

Rainfall totals more than five inches in September, four inches in October and five inches in November.

Low rainfall and warm temperatures in the spring make March and April the most popular months to visit, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

The most unpopular months are September and October.

Rainfall makes September, October and November the riskiest months to visit St. Maarten. March, April, June and July have the lowest risk of heavy rainfall.
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