Home Page Philipsburg History Culture Carnival Cuisine Getting There Getting Around
Nightlife & Casinos Calendar of Events Exploring Diving Beaches Activities Eco-Adventures Boating & Fishing
Marriage and Honeymoons Latest News Tourist Offices Lodgings Shopping Travel Tips Cruises French St. Martin




Culture St. Maarten

The cultural diversity of St. Maarten springs from its historical role as a crossroads for visitors to the New World. Dutch, French and British traders brought European traditions, while Afro-Caribbean people brought the language and culture of West Africa. Today the range of influences is reflected in the number of languages spoken. Dutch is the official language, but English is taught in schools and spoken everywhere, while other common languages are Spanish and Papiamento, the dialect of the Netherlands Antilles. St. Maarten's premier cultural event is its annual Carnival, which includes parades, calypso competitions, reggae shows, and an endless array of stands serving traditional island food.


This page, and all contents of this Web site are Copyright (c) 1996-2010 by interKnowledge Corp. All rights reserved.