Guide: The Arts and Entertainment

July 18th 2023 in Travel
Guide: The Arts and Entertainment

The Arts and Entertainment

Sint Maarten boasts a lively atmosphere and a flourishing cultural landscape highlighted by its music festivals and exhibitions showcasing stunning mural art.

Enjoy Art.

Discover Philipsburg's vibrant mural art scene during your visit by taking a break from dancing and embarking on a self-guided tour. While revelling in the stunning artwork, you'll also gain insights into the island's history, including the Great Salt Pond and geometric designs. For those who want a hands-on experience, pottery classes, painting and drink workshops, and monthly art markets at Ruby Bute, Roland Richardson, and local art gift shops. Art in the Park at Emilio Wilson Park is the perfect place to find unique local arts and crafts that add personality to any home.

Enjoy the Caribbean rhythms.

Did you know music and food are a huge part of island life? The festivals in Sint Maarten showcase this. Every April, Carnival brings together locals and tourists for two weeks of dancing to some amazing Caribbean tunes. And the food? Oh boy, it's a highlight of the season! With over 50 food vendors serving up classic island dishes like Crab Back and Oyster Soup and new and inventive creations like macaroni in a cone, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The festival ends with the burning of King Momo, but the memories and delicious food will stay with you forever.

A Fish Fry is held at the Simpson Bay Food Court on Saturdays. The Spaceless Community Garden also hosts one every day, and there is an important event called Fish Day in French Cul-de-Sac in May. Fish Day is celebrated in Cul-de-Sac as a tribute to the island's fishermen. Visitors can enjoy Caribbean flavours with stuffed crab, fried or grilled snapper, codfish salad, conch fritters, and more.

How to Dance Like a Local

Why not immerse yourself in St. Maarten's vibrant and varied culture? Whether you're interested in traditions, art, music, or cuisine, this island has something for everyone. And remember the local musicians! You can catch them playing at bars and restaurants around the island daily. Just wear comfortable shoes for dancing on the hardwood planks and sand.