Island Night Life

The Dutch side of the island has distinctively a much more vibrant night life than the French side. The French side is more about fine dining, especially in Grand Case. The Dutch side has a dozen casinos, bars, hang-outs, dancing and night clubs, adult entertainment including a dozen clubs with exotic dancers (brothels). 

The main entertainment district is between the Princess Juliana airport and Cupecoy on the Southern side of the island with its center around Maho (see photo above).


Several casinos are located in the mentioned area, a few more in the Cole Bay district and in Philipsburg. The main Dutch side capital has not much of night life, all is about duty free shopping at day time in Philipsburg. Visitors not only find ample opportunity for gambling, the casinos are also the center of shows and music events. Bars, discos, and night clubs are adjacent to the casinos.


Music Clubs, Bars, and Discos

There is a good choice in season (xmas until April), whereas nightlife can become rather quiet off season. A very popular tourist place is Cheri’s Cafe with its open air seating and shows right in the center of the Maho hotel district. From there, it takes only a few steps to night clubs and music entertainment.

Bliss, Tantra, Red Piano, Sopranos, are some of the names of the better known places. Some establishments feature topless pole ‘dancers’, e.g. The Platinum Room at Maho.

Hotels and and some of the international restaurants feature theme nights, like Moroccan (photo), French, and of course Caribbean features.


Porto Cupecoy

The new condo and shopping area at Porto Cupecoy is sponsoring occasional events in order to attract visitors to this new tourist center short before the crossing to the French side.


Although most of the entertainment at night occurs on the Sint Maarten part of the island, it can easily reached by car or cab within 15 – 30 minutes from the tourist centers on the French side.

There is so much more to do. Sitting in a side walk bar/restaurant at Marina Royale in Marigot, spending time at a beach bar in Grand Case or at Great Bay/Philipsburg, attend a night market at Orient Village, too many to list, endless opportunities for every taste and budget. More information on