St-Martin: euro (€); Sint Maarten: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG) official, US dollar (US$) preferred and often required
Budget: Less than US$180
- Budget hotel room: from US$100
- Barbecue meal: US$15
- Beer: US$3
- Snorkeling gear rental per day: US$15
- Live reggae band: free
- Midrange hotel room/apartment: from US$180
- Two-course evening meal: from US$40
- Cocktail: from US$8
- Kitesurfing: US$130
- Car/ATV quad-bike rental per day: from US$35/65
Top End: More than US$400
- Top-end hotel suite/apartment: from US$300
- Three-course gourmet meal: from US$80
- Bottle of champagne: from US$100
- Motorboat rental: from US$300
- Tandem skydive: US$280
Other than at the market in Marigot, no bargaining takes place on St-Martin/Sint Maarten; you're expected to pay the stated price.
The French side uses euros; on the Dutch side items are posted in US dollars. ATMs blanket the island but not all accept foreign cards.
If you're paying with cash, establishments on both sides invariably accept one-for-one dollars to euros and vice versa, though depending on the current exchange rate, this may work against you.
As not all ATMs accept foreign cards, it's worth keeping cash on hand.
Credit cards (including foreign cards) are widely accepted.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
- Hotels Many (but not all) hotels and restaurants include a 15% service charge, in which case no further tipping is necessary (otherwise, add 15% to the bill).
- Restaurants Diners commonly leave a small amount for exceptional service.
- Taxis It's customary to round up taxi fares.