SXM FESTIVAL GUIDE

BOOK YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

 
 
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RESERVE YOUR FESTIVAL PASS

Book early to save on your festival passes and for a greater variety of accommodation and flight options. Boost your 5-Day Pass to a VIP pass and access the exclusive Villa Party. 

BUILD YOUR TRIBE

Get your crew together and start planning. Our new Ambassador Program allows you to easily invite your friends and get rewarded when they buy tickets. Access complimentary festival passes, cash for the bar, table service and exclusive experiences such as dinner with a DJ and Back Stage access! (Download here)

SATELITTE PARTIES

SXM Festival is as much about the music as it is about the island. Set sail on the Caribbean waters with a few hundred of your closest friends with The Boat Party then experience the Jungle Party at Loterie Farm, where Eco-Tourism meets House and Techno.

Satelitte Party tickets will go on sale approximately a month before the festival. Tickets sell out fast. Make sure to check your email, social and the official SXM Festival App for announcements. Upgrade your festival pass to VIP and get priority access with a reduced rate to all side parties.

WARM-UP PARTIES

Although the festival is officially 5 days, we have a few warm up parties planned for those who can make it to the island a few days early.. Events will be announced closer to the date and free for all SXM Festival Pass holders.

WEEKEND & DAY PASSES

We know not everyone is lucky enough to make it to SXM Festival for the whole week. We will be releasing Weekend Passes and Day Passes a few months before the festival. For the best deal, reserve your 5-Day Festival Pass early.

VIP TABLE SERVICE

Table and Cabana service will be available at all venues. To reserve your section contact your VIP Host or email us at VIPHost@SXMFestival.com

 

 BOOK YOUR FLIGHT

 
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PRINCESS JULIANA AIRPORT

Famous for its iconic take-offs and landings, Princess Juliana Airport is an experience in itself. With 22 scheduled airlines and some 12 charter services, SXM Airport is well-served by carriers from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a total of 34 destinations served directly from the airport.

RESEARCH FLIGHT AND SET ALERTS

Start researching the best flight route and prices into Saint Martin / Sint Maarten by visiting the Princess Juliana Airport Website

Set up alerts with Google Flights for a few flight options and dates to find the best route and pricing for airport code SXM. Book your flights between September and December for the best deals.  If you don’t book early you may experience limited seat options and layovers - so don’t delay. If you find a direct flight, or a flight with a short layover, don’t wait! Just book it!

GET CREATIVE WITH A STOP-OVER

You can also save a lot of money if you are creative with your flight itinerary. Visit Princess Julianna Airport website and discover flights to SXM on Liat – Caribbean Airlines – Seaborn – Insel Air – Air Caraibes – Air Antilles – Win Air and even Copa (via Panama). These routes are  not typically advertised on mainstream travel websites. Explore with a stop over on another Caribbean island such as Curacao (2h flight from SXM), San Juan Porto-Rico (30 mins flights to SXM) and Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe which is only 40 mins flight from the Grand Case Airport!

 

 BOOK YOUR STAY

 
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THE HEAT MAP

We recommend you stay as close to a shuttle stop as you can to make your experience simple. If you choose to stay anywhere away from a shuttle stop you will need a car.

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HOTELS ON A BUDGET

AREAS CLOSEST TO THE MAIN VENUE

Happy Bay

Marigot

Nettle Bay

Saint Louis

La Savanne

Grande Case

AREAS CLOSEST TO THE NIGHT VENUE

Simpson Bay

Cupecoy

Mullet Bay

Maho Bay

Pelican Key

Cay Bay

the villa experience

 
 

Our dedicated SXM Festival Concierge will help you find the best place for you and your crew.

  • Best locations

  • Safe and secure booking

  • All villas vetted by our team

  • In-house concierge included

Book your stay with us and receive a 20% promo code for all passes for the villa guests or a refund on your pass if you already purchased it.

Fill out our simple form and our Concierge will be in touch with you right away.

 

 GET READY

 
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DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SXM FESTIVAL APP

The SXM Festival app is your perfect festival companion. Access contests and give-aways, stay up to date with the latest news, discover the lineup, create your own schedule then share it with your friends, listen to exclusive mixes from your favorite artists and more!

REGISTER YOUR WRISTBAND FOR CASHLESS

All food and beverage transactions at the festival will work with your wristband only. The RFID bracelet that you will be assigned will be associated to your EventBritePay Cashless account. 

You will be receiving an email a few weeks before the event with all of the information to set up your wristband for Cashless. We recommend you register your account in advance to receiving your bracelet. We strongly recommend you do this prior to arriving on the island as the network can become congested and lag. 

Register For Cashless in advance and replenish your bracelet automatically!

EBPAY.IO/SXMFESTIVAL

UNUSED BALANCES
You can recover any unused balances after the festival if you have used a Credit Card or VISA DebitCard. Cash Top Ups are non-recoverable. A small administration fee will be charged.

WHAT TO PACK

March is one of the sunniest months of the year with average temps of 30 degrees celsius! At night it can get a little chilly though, especially if you’ve been out in the sun all day:) Be sure to bring a sweater out with you in the evening. Keep in mind that there is always a chance of rain so pack a poncho!

Although it is dry season during the festival and there are fewer insects and mosquitos,  we still suggest you use insect repellent, mosquito nets, citronella candles and long clothes at night to minimize the risk of being bitten. Saint Martin has the lowest amount of recorded Zika cases in the Caribbean. But we still advise all travelers to take adequate precautions, especially pregnant women, who should not be attending the festival.

  • Government-issued identification

  • Photo of your ID on your phone

  • Festival Ticket (printed or mobile)

  • Cash and/or credit card

  • Swimsuit

  • Sunscreen

  • Mosquito Repellant

  • Earplugs

  • Non-professional cameras

  • Poncho

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Power Plug - Travel Adapter (depending on what side of the island you are staying on) More Info

WHAT YOU DON’T NEED

The Following Items Are Not Allowed Inside The Festival Site:

  • Weapons of ANY kind

  • Fireworks/explosives

  • Illegal substances

  • Large coolers

  • Pets

  • Glass containers

  • Laser pointers

  • Drones/remote control aircrafts

  • Items attached to a stick (flags, totems, umbrellas, selfie sticks)

  • Professional camera equipment (detachable lenses, tripods)

  • Audio/video recording equipment

WHAT CURRENCY YOU SHOULD BRING

The French side of the island officially uses the EURO while the Dutch side uses the Netherlands Antillean Florin. We recommend bringing US dollars which  is used on both sides of the island and exchanging it to another currency as needed.

MEDICAL INSURANCE

Medical treatment is not free in Saint Martin | Sint Maarten. Make sure to purchase adequate medical coverage for your trip, including your days of travel. Have a copy of your insurance policy and phone number on your phone.

VACCINES

No, you do not need to get any vaccinations before visiting the island.

 

 WHEN YOU ARRIVE

 
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PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND AND SHUTTLE PASS 

AIRPORT WILL CALL

Will Call will be open at the SXM airport located at the exit after customs and baggage claim.

Tuesday-Friday 11:30am – 6:30pm

HAPPY BAY WILL CALL

If you arrive after the airport will call is closed, pick you your wristband at the main venue - Happy Bay. Will Call will be located at the box office at the entrance. 

Wednesday March 11th : 4:00pm – 12:00am

Thursday March 12th : 4:00pm – 12:00am

Friday March 13th : 4:00pm – 5:00am

Saturday March 14th : 4:00pm – 5:00am

Sunday March 15th : 4:00pm – 2:30am

Please note that access to SXM Festival events will be with your SXM wristband ONLY. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND

It is mandatory that you provide your barcode and piece of identification to redeem your ticket for a wristband. Please make sure that your barcode is downloaded to your phone in the event of limited cellular connectivity. The Box Office will accept a State issued Driver's license, a government issued Non-Driver ID Card, Military ID, or Passport. You may provide your physical ID or a photo of your ID - you do not need your original ID or Passport.

  • Please note that access to SXM Festival events will be with your SXM wristband ONLY. 

  • You will exchange your paper ticket or have your mobile ticket scanned in exchange for your SXM Festival wristband. 

  • Your photo ID name must match the attendee name on your ticket. 

  • If you have a ticket that is not in your name, please contact us at info@sxmfestival.com and we will give you instructions on how to transfer the ticket name. Please note we do not transfer funds (that is up to the attendee). We transfer the attendee name only.

  • SXM Festival staff will secure all wristbands on all attendees. Attendees will not be given loose wristbands. 

  • If you have purchased a VIP upgrade, please note that in order to receive your VIP wristband you must present both the 5 DAY GA proof of purchase and the VIP UPGRADE proof of purchase. Please ensure that both proof of purchases are in the same name.  

DUTY FREE ALCOHOL

Saint Martin | Sint Maarten is is a free port - there is duty free all over the island no matter where you shop. You might find the alcohol is inexpensive at the airport but you will do better away from the airport shops. All the major supermarkets regularly have 'special offers' on various brands of alcohol.

TAKE A TAXI TO YOUR STAY

Taxis are plentiful at Princess Juliana International Airport; taxi stands are conveniently located just outside the airport Arrivals section.

Taxis are unmetered on both sides of the island. Drivers are required to carry government-issued rate sheets based on two-person occupancy. As for the rate before getting into the cab. 

Rates are slightly different depending on which side of the island the taxi is based, though both Dutch and French cabs service the entire island. 

SINT MAARTEN TAXI FARES

Minimum fares for two passengers, and each additional passenger pays $4 extra. One piece of luggage per person is allowed free; each additional piece is $1 extra. Fares are 25% higher between 10pm and midnight, and 50% higher between midnight and 6am.

RATES FROM THE AIRPORT 

To Maho Beach: $6

To Philipsburg: $15. 

ST. MARTIN TAXI FARES 

Minimum fares for two passengers, and each additional passenger pays $2 extra. Plan to add about $1 for each suitcase. 

These fares are in effect from 6am to 10pm; after that, they go up by 25% until midnight, rising by 50% after midnight. 

RATES FROM THE AIRPORT 

To Grand Case: $25 for up to two passengers and all their luggage

To anywhere in Marigot: $15 to $20 

To La Samanna:  $15

 

 GETTING AROUND

 
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RESERVE YOUR SHUTTLE PASS

Reserve your Shuttle Pass you will have unlimited access to the bus system we are setting up during the festival. Hop on and off as you wish. With our new Shuttle App you will have access to a bird's-eye view of the buses in real time anywhere, anytime so you don’t wait around or miss the bus.

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Shuttle service will be available from 4:30PM Wednesday, March 11 until Monday, March 16 at 3AM. 

CAR RENTAL

Saint Martin | Sint Maarten is only 37 square miles and it takes about 1.5 hours to drive around the island. It isn’t too difficult to get around with one ring road (Route Nationale 7) skirting the island’s coastline with smaller roads linking the built-up areas. There may be the odd traffic jam in the high season.  Watch out Sandy Ground and Simpson Bay Bridges that can stall traffic at certain times of the day when boats cross

  • 21+ to rent a car

  • Be sure to register all extra drivers

  • No phones - hands free only

  • 50mg Blood Alcohol Level 

TAXI

We highly suggest you take SXM Festival certified taxi services.

 

 ON THE ISLAND

 
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LANGUAGES

English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of Sint Maarten and French the official language of Saint Martin. On Sint Maarten, you can also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.

TAP WATER

Tap water is NOT safe for drinking.

PHONE

Broadband and wifi are available in many places around the island, especially hotels and marinas. It can be a little unreliable at times but generally functional. There is cell phone coverage across most of the island and 3G but again the 3G can be patchy at times. Most north American cell phones work in Saint Martin. 

International dialing codes are +590 for Saint Martin and +1-721 for Sint Maarten. 

POWER SUPPLY

French side : 220V / 60Hz. European outlets 

Dutch side : 110V / 60 Hz. American outlets 

CLICK FOR MORE INFO THE ADAPTER YOU MAY  NEED TO BRING. 

WEATHER

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CURRENCY

The Euro is also often accepted on both sides, it is not in your favour to use it on the Dutch side due to the steep exchange rate. Exchange US dollars for Euros when going onto the French Side at a currency exchange centre, there are many. 

There are a few French restaurants who accept $1 for 1 Euro which is a great deal!

ATMs can be found around the island and is a simple way of getting the currency you need when you need it. The ATM fee for an international transaction will be higher than a domestic one. Your bank will also charge a transaction fee.

Credit cards are accepted at most major outlets but it is always best to check before sitting down for dinner. The island is frequented by tourists and all merchants are well versed in calculating the exchange. All SXM Festival charging stations accept both USD and Euro currencies at the current daily exchange rate.

SAFETY

The car number plates say it: “The Friendly Island”. Saint Martin is a small island with a low crime rate and a friendly, happy population. There are French and Dutch police on each respective side of the island. They are uncorrupted and French / Dutch laws apply. That said, like anywhere in the world, it is wise to take sensible precautions like: not flashing money or jewelry around, not leaving valuables in cars, not going to secluded places at night or trespassing on private property, not being rude or disrespectful to the locals. Just the regular rules you would follow on any vacation or in any big city. Be sensible and you’ll have an amazing time on this Friendly Island.

 

 THE VENUES

 
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HAPPY BAY

1000 ft of secluded private beach and 13 acres of jungle is our home for 5 days and nights of house and techno bliss. Decor artists from around the world trek to Saint Martin months in advance to help us create the handcrafted iconic main stage stage,  interactive bach stage and installations throughout the venue to confuse and amuse. Happy Bay is our wonderland t

LEILA’S

The brand new Leila’s Beach Club, redesigned and operated by our own local crew, opens just in time for the festival. Set in the heart of Nettle Bay beachside on the Caribbean sea, this is where sunrise beach parties will take you on a journey to SXM Festival past, present and future. As home to all of the curious and enlightening decor from previous festival editions this is more than just a beach club, it is our HQ infused with good vibes.

VILLA PARTY

*You must check in for the villa party at Ma Ti Beach located next to the Hommage Hotel and take the dedicated bus to the party (no exceptions). If you would like to purchase a ticket, this can be done at the reception of the Hommage Hotel. There is no parking at the villa. 

LOTUS

Located on the Simpson Bay strip, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this asian-inspired Nightclub with the SXM Festival deco touch. The best in techno keeps you moving until you make your way to the sunrise party at Leila’s.

BOAT PARTY - SATELLITE PARTY

Discover the true Saint Martin sunrise on the largest lagoon in the Caribbean. The calm waters take you on a journey around the island while our specially curated DJ Line-Up takes you on a musical journey.  Oh, and by the way, it’s open bar.  

*Tickets for this party are not included in the Festival pass and must be purchased separately.

Tickets go on sale a month before the festival with a special advance sale and offer for VIP ticket holders. Advance ticket holders only. No tickets at the door.

JUNGLE PARTY - SATELLITE PARTY

Eco-tourism meets house and techno. Experience Loterie Farm, the secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis, St. Martin's only private nature reserve and tropical forest . Party poolside and take a dip in the natural spring water. Daybeds and Cabanitas available.  Add this Day Party Experience to your Festival Pass.

*Tickets for this party are not included in the Festival pass and must be purchased.

 

 THE FESTIVAL

 
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THE SCHEDULE

Check out the official SXM Festival 2020 Schedule. Times and venues may shift or be added as we plan a magical experience.  

THE LINE-UP

This is just the beginning…

THE PROGRAM

The official program with DJ set times will be available 1 week before the festival.

THE APP AND NOTIFICATIONS

Stay up to date with the latest schedule and programming info with the Official SXM App. Discover the lineup, create your own schedule, share it with friends, listen to exclusive mixes from your favorite artists and more! Make sure to allow for notifications to stay up to date with everything taking place at the festival, especially when you are on the island.

FOOD

Delicious and varied food options will be available onsite at the main venue (Happy Bay),  catering to carnivores, vegetarians and the Gluten Free. Availability as of opening hours.

DRINKS 

All SXM Festival venues will offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. No outside drinks will be allowed. 

TABLE SERVICE DETAILS

Jungle Party Bottle Service: Info Coming Soon!

Happy Bay Bottle Service: Info Coming Soon!

Villa Party Bottle Service: Info Coming Soon!

Other: Info Coming Soon!

 

 LOGISTICS

 
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INFO STATION

There will be an information booth setup at Happy Bay near the main entrance. Note that this location may not be open at all times. If you have a question about the festival that cannot be answered on our app or website please email us at info@sxmfestival.com.

CASHLESS

All food and drinks all venues will be cashless only. Meaning you will need to load your wristband with funds and scan it when you purchase.  

We recommend you register your account in advance to receiving your bracelet. We strongly recommend you do this prior to arriving on the island as the network can become congested and lag. 

Register For Cashless in advance and replenish your bracelet automaticall

EBPAY.IO/SXMFESTIVAL

TOPPING UP
You will be able to top up anytime through the EBPAY app or onsite at any of the kiosks located near the main entrance.

BAG CHECK

Bag Check will be offered to VIPs on a first come first serve basis. 1 bag per person.

CHARGING STATION

Phone charging stations will be available for VIP guests in the VIP area.

LOST AND FOUND

Located at the main entrance at admission. Feel free to ask any of our official SXM Festival staff and they will be happy to help.

SEARCH

Appropriate, discreet searches may be undertaken to ensure guests’ safety and enjoyment. 

Everybody will be subject to search entering the festival site. Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all festival attendees. To ensure this, there will be on-site security provided by local police and private security. If you are experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate a festival staff member.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

There is nothing we care more about than your safety and well-being. As such, paramedics will be on-site to help you with any type of medical problem. If you need assistance, go to the medical area located at the main entrance, or look for a festival staff member. Please don’t be afraid to stop by the medical tent – even if you just have a question.

If you see anyone at the festival who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our medical or security team, or even help him/her find their way to the medical tent. We are all in this together, so please look out for one another! Lastly, anyone bringing medication or a syringe for medical purposes will need to show your medication, prescription and a photo ID at the festival entrance.

 

 OUTSIDE OF THE FESTIVAL

 
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 BEACHES

RESTAURANTS

ACTIVITIES

TOURS

SHOPPING

The island has a well-earned reputation as a shopper's paradise. Here you will find the best prices on local crafts & arts, exotic foods, jewelry, liquor, tobacco, leather goods, as well as most elegant designer goods. Duty free Tax free abound. Designer brands are offered at great discounts, up to 40% lower than US retail prices.

There are mainly two shopping areas on the island, chic Marigot on the French side and Philipsburg on the Dutch side, where Front Street features over a mile of shopping, mainly jewelry stores. In addition, in Philipsburg there is Old Street with attractive gift stores and art galleries, and Back Street with a colorful local market, souvenir shoppes, and inexpensive clothing. Whereas the center and The West Indies Mall in Marigot are lovely shopping districts with old Créole houses, bistrots, bars, cafes, restaurants, fashion and designer boutiques and perfume shops.

Philipsburg offers great deals on jewelry, high fashion, tax-free tobacco products, leather goods, and local liquor, including a great selection of flavored rums. Native prints and crafts also are sold.

The mile-long Front Street in Philipsburg is lined with more than two dozen duty-free shops as well as name-brand boutiques like Tiffany and Tommy Hilfiger. The Sint Rose Shopping Mall on the boardwalk by Front Street features Cartier, Lalique, and Faconnable, and you'll find even more stores down the side streets of this charming, compact beach town and port. Old Street has art galleries and gift shops, while Back Street is home to an open market.

In French St. Martin, Le West Indies in Marigot has three floors of duty-free shops.

 

 IMPORTANT INFO

 
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SAFETY

The car number plates say it: “The Friendly Island”. Saint Martin is a small island with a low crime rate and a friendly, happy population. There are French and Dutch police on each respective side of the island. They are uncorrupted and French / Dutch laws apply. That said, like anywhere in the world, it is wise to take sensible precautions like: not flashing money or jewelry around, not leaving valuables in cars, not going to secluded places at night or trespassing on private property, not being rude or disrespectful to the locals. Just the regular rules you would follow on any vacation or in any big city. Be sensible and you’ll have an amazing time on this Friendly Island. 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

We highly recommend that you acquire adequate travel insurance. There will be medical teams at each event to treat anyone who may fall ill.

Saint Martin (French side) 

Louis Constant Fleming Hospital: 0590 52 25 52 

S.A.M.U. (medical emergencies): 15 

Police: 17 

Fire: 18 

Sint Maarten (Dutch side) 

General emergency: 911 

Doctors on call: (1-721) 5111 

Hospital: 543 1111 

Ambulance: 912 or 542 2111 or 520 6262 

Fire: 120 or 542 6001 

Police: 111 or 542 2112 

Water police: 542 2277 

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH US

We are here to help! If you need anything message us on Facebook or Instagram or send us an email at info@sxmfestival.com.

TICKET REFUNDS & TRANSFERS

In line with festival policy, tickets are non refundable however they are transferable. Promo code tickets are not transferable.

Each ticket has an individually generated barcode which we will scan in order to redeem your paper ticket or mobile barcode for your wristband. If you choose to transfer your ticket or if a ticket is being transferred to you, please have a copy of the paper ticket or mobile barcode to exchange for your entrance wristband. Note : Caribbean tickets cannot be transferred. 

 

 AFTER THE EVENT

 
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