Nightlife on the Dutch Side
During the winter months St. Maarten/St. Martin lives up to its reputation as party island and as the night comes alive it's time to experience true Caribbean limin' (hangin' out) on this little metropolitan island. The giant fun machine of Sint Maarten will absorb you with its nocturnal delights, offering something for every taste in entertainment.
Whether you prefer a gentle stroll along colorful Frontstreet in Philipsburg, with its quaint 'gingerbread' houses, dancing the night away to the rhythms of local bands, going club crazy, or just kicking back and enjoying a sultry night of reggae and rum under a blanket of stars, the choice is endless.
If gambling is your name of the game then you should head to the Dutch side of the island for its wealth of casinos. In Philipsburg, the Casino Rouge et Noir - located right on Frontstreet on the beach - offers a wide variety of slot machines and table games as well. The Paradise Plaza Casino and Sportsbook in Colebay/Simpson Bay is another great gaming destination. The Atlantis World Casino in Cupecoy has developed into a major entertainment destination, now also the home of the Gourmet Village with eight top restaurants. And the island's largest gaming institution is the Princess Casino at Port de Plaisance, with a Monte Carlo style layout and several great restaurants right on premises.
While you're rolling the dice, local bands and dancers provide great ambiance with live entertainment. If you like a drink ....(or seven!) begin your night at one of the happy hours in many of the hotels and bars, and don't miss out on the 2 for 1 drinks all night long or 'ladies night' in some popular night-spots.
If you want to explore many hot-spots in a night without having to travel too far, take a trip to Simpson Bay where an echelon of bars and cafes will keep you entertained until the early hours. Start the evening with some cocktails at Jimbo's, right in the center of all the action. Or check out the Mojito Lounge at the Palapa Village. Music fans be alert, you might come across the music of a steel band or bump into the internationally popular local band Orange Grove (performing frequently at The Red Piano!), and after the Margarita Madness or the Gin Tonics night, you'll be ready to put your salsa skills to practice with the accompaniment of live Latin bands in Simpson Bay. Saturday's is Latin night at Rancho Steak and Lobster at the Palapa Village, turning the grand dining room into a Havana style dinner club and with the islands resident Salsa stars from Latin Sugar performing.
Prive`is an indoor/outdoor lounge above the roofs of Simpson Bay - opening at 6PM and staying open until the morning hours. Next door is the brand new club 'Le Shore', a few hundred meters up the road Soggy Dollar - previously a sailor's bar (as the name implies), but now with a stronger focus on entertaining the late night crowed with thumbing basses. At the end of the Simpson Bay strip, we find 747 - overlooking the end of the airport's runway.
Sunset Bar & Grill is mostly famous for its unique location at the beginning of the airport's runway, and the fact that topless ladies drink free might ad to the popularity. Sunset is not a late-late night spot, but has the party starting early in the day and continues into the after-dinner hours.
Bliss is right next door and the epitome of an elegant tropical nightclub - with a gorgeous location on the shoreline, a swimming pool, restaurant and all the trimmings to compete with the world's best outdoor clubs. At the Maho Village, there is Tantra - an indoor nightclub very popular with the local and younger crowd.
The island nightlife is always best at weekends but keep an eye open for special events during the week.