Cost equivalence in St. Martin

Old Aug 24th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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Cost equivalence in St. Martin

Planning a trip next spring to St. Martin. Haven't been to the Caribbean since 2007 when we went to Cayman. How do the costs in St. Martin compare to US beach cities? For example: a beer or mixed drink at a beach bar, lunch at a street cafe, etc.? I see lots of posts showing the exchange rates but very few with what items cost. Thanks.
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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 12:11 PM
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it depends on what and where you drink/eat. Figure beer will run you anywhere from $3US to $5US per bottle, mixed drinks will cost between $8US and $15US each. Lunch at a moderately price cafe will run you anywhere from $12US to $15US for a burger to $$25 and up for a more substantial meal.
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The costs vary considerably depending on which side of the island you are, and the level of the establishment where you decide to eat and/or drink.

The French part - rather more up market than the Dutch side anyway - is a 'Euro zone', whereas on the Dutch side the US$ rules. The current rate of exchange from the US$ to the Euro makes the French side more expensive in any case.

In consequence, you can find a beer in some of the cheaper establishments on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg (the Dutch Capital) at certain times of day for as little as a couple of Dollars. You won't usually find prices like that on the French side, where the same beer will probably cost you twice as much in a respectible beach bar, and even more in a high quality restaurant in Grand Case.

Having said that, there are always 'specials' being promoted.

If you know your way round the island you can work the various 'Happy Hours' - some of which start as early as 3pm, and others finish as late as 8pm - and then, later in the evening after you have exhausted all those possibilities, you can continue drinking for free in the Dutch side casinos, or at special discounted promotions in the various nightspots there.

You can expect to pay $7 to $9 for a mixed drink in a halfway respectable bar on either side of the island, more in a plush restaurant - but the drinks are far larger than in the US and the bartenders 'free-pour' - I don't think I have ever seen a measure being used anywhere!

Just be bloody careful if you are driving home !

As far as food is concerned, there really is something to suit every pocket - on both sides of the island - after all there are over 360 'restaurants' in the 37 square miles which make up the entire terrain, so there is a vast choice, and therefore it is impossible to quote accurate figures.

A meal in a high class restaurant in Grand Case can easily set you back for $120 for two people - or more if you want cocktails and decent wine. The same goes for the best restaurants in Maho and elsewhere on the Dutch side.

There are obviously many other alternatives available, such as the LoLos (barbecue restaurants in Grand Case) and in many of the less expensive bar/restaurants in the Simpson Bay area on the Dutch side which, by and large, still serve good food.

I am sorry, I can't be more specific, but anyway have fun !
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