The weather in SXM doesn't vary too much month to month. Summer months will be warmer than winter by maybe 10 degrees. The weather will be fantastic. The best thing about the summer months is that the crowds are gone and the prices for everything drops.
The island is as safe as anywhere. Take normal precautions, don't leave anything in your car and you will be fine.
Thanks for the quick response. Are things closed down more in the off season, such as restaurants at Sonesta and other places?
Also, do the cruise ship tourism lessen during the summer as well? I understand shopping can be a mess with all the cruise ship people and I am sure there are some days the ships do not dock.
We go in February, May (this week!) and August. In August, we have not found anything closed. Some places (on the French side mostly) do close in September since it is the slowest time of the year to give their employees a holiday and do their annual spruce up.
It's the tropics, so technically June thru November 1st is hurricane season. But I think the biggest chance would be September. As it would be anywhere - even Florida.
If you are concerned, be sure to buy trip insurance.
They got hit pretty hard in '95 with Luis. There is still some leftover damage evident - especially in the Mullet area.
There was another less damaging one in I think '99. SInce then, nothing major.
Trip planned for August 06 staying at The Towers at Mullet Bay. First time
visitor to your area. What are the major tours, restaurants, and sights? any websites would be appreciated explaining the Dutch and French difference.
get_away_from_it_all - I always go for the last week of July and love it. This will be my 5th trip in July. I stay on the French side and travel to the Dutch. I've found that July isn't crowded, which is why I like it so much and you can get great air/hotel deals - they start coming out right about now.
I have always felt safe on the island and have never run into any problems.
Who do you book your trips with? I know costs go down considerably during the off season.
Do you find that most things are still open. I know on some islands some things close down during off season.