One question many visitors have is: what is the legal drinking age on St. Martin? The answer: the legal drinking age in Saint Martin is 16 years for wine and beer, 18 years for spirits and liquor — just like in France.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a drink or a night out on St. Martin. Here are some festive events throughout the year.
Every Tuesday night, from January 15, through April, Grand Case hosts ‘Mardi Du Grand Case’ every Tuesday, when pedestrians take over the street and a whole host of local arts and crafts stalls and several bands are set up all along it. One of the highlights may be the big brass that walks up and down the road, with their steel drums and even a ‘conch shell’ player. Wear comfortable shoes as you will find yourself dancing in the street.
Grand Case comes alive with exciting events including a blend of dining, street entertainment, music and fun. The main street is turned into a pedestrian zone, enabling visitors to stroll at their leisure while enjoying dancing, artisan stands, art galleries and the sidewalk shopping. All boutiques remain open late.
There are no less than 60 exhibition stands, 40 restaurants, 20 boutiques and a dozen local artists who participate every Tuesday evening. The event is organized every year by Calypso Events team who offer their services to restaurant owners, hotels, shop keepers, exhibitors and friends of Grand Case. We’re preparing flyers and posters which will soon be given out to you so that you may inform your clients of this major event during the touristic season. There is extra lighting and security all along Grand Case Boulevard and around parking areas.
Our very own Les Fruits de Mer (a non-profit French association based in Grand Case, Saint Martin) hosts its annual ecotourism-themed SnorkelFest each year in late January. St. Martin residents and visitors of all ages can experience the magic of undersea life and the “sport, art, and science” of snorkeling.
The event will include snorkeling and snorkeling instruction with ECOSNORKELING, a Marine Life Discovery Station, a guided coastal walk on Pinel’s nature trails with beach clean-up, the chance to try out stand-up paddleboard with sea-life-themed art activities for kids.
On of the biggest events on St. Martin is the Heineken Regatta, which is typically held on the first weekend in March.
Now in its third decade, this annual series of major boat races debuted in 1980.
More than 200 vessels, from converted family fishing dinghies to race prototypes, compete, from flash one-design racers like the Melges 24s to Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s state-of-the-art Grand Prix 52-footer, Highland Fling XII.
Those boats are joined by slick and quick catamarans and even luxury gunboats.
This event takes place each June in Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side of the island. The fishing zone is called “Marlin Boulevard”, which is quite close to Grand Case, off Marigot. It’s a great opportunity to get out on the water.
Since its start in 1997, the St. Martin Billfish tournament has become an established stop on the Caribbean fishing circuit. The Atlantic billfish family includes – blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. Billfish are considered “by-catch” by the local commercial longline fishing industry and are not the primary targeted species of the longliners; however, they account for a large percentage of the landed catch.
Here’s a fantastic video of the billfish tournament:
To kick off Christmas on the island, Santa Claus arrives on boat each December 20th on Marigot’s waterfront, a short drive from Grand Case. The family-friendly event continues to Grand Case, and lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m, December 20th, right outside Grand Case Beach Club.
GRAND-CASE LIGHTING PARADE
The annual holiday lighting parade is scheduled for December 21st on the Boulevard of Grand-Case. Come celebrate and admire colorful floats in a Caribbean setting.
“AUGUST MONDAY” (ANGUILLA)
Emancipation Day, aka “August Monday”, is one of the biggest events to be held in the Caribbean, especially on the island of Anguilla, just a short trip by boat from St. Martin.
Based around the celebration of Emancipation, the August carnival on Anguilla is an energetic two-week succession of parades, shows and parties, kick-started by the legendary August Monday.
The climax of Anguilla’s annual Carnival occurs on “August Monday”, the day off that makes the holiday a long weekend. And, traditionally Anguilla is “invaded” every year by people from St. Martin. People make the trip to Anguilla to experience what is basically a big party on the beach and out on the water.