Known for its late night party scene, beach resorts, and world class dining, vacationing in St. Maarten doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
$2 beers, hotels under $99 and $1 bus fares are just a few of the budget options St. Maarten offers.
Accommodation – Active goers on a tight budget can consider staying at a convenient town hotel. Housing 3-4 per room, rates range from $60-$90 depending on season.
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The Boardwalk – The St. Maarten Boardwalk is perfect for strolls, dining, tanning and water sports! You’ll find dozens of restaurants, shops and island souvenirs along your way.
Conveniently located in the heart of The Boardwalk is Barefoot Terrace, where you can grab a burger for about $10. This is also a great spot for refreshments and island cocktails.
Every Friday, there’s live music. Join the many locals and tourists taking a stroll, or pop into one of the restaurants lining The Boardwalk for dinner or happy hour drinks and soak in the ambience. Many restaurants on The Boardwalk and other touristy areas automatically add a 15% gratuity charge to the bill.
Museum & Art – The St. Maarten Museum – Front Street 7, Philipsburg (most eastern, nearest the cruise ships) – offers some of the most unique artifacts and historic memorabilia of St. Maarten.
A short cab ride away is Fort Amsterdam – built by the first Dutch settlers in 1631, to protect the huge quantities of salt from the largest salt pond in the Caribbean.
There is a number of Artists displaying their work on the Boardwalk. You’ll also find Art Galleries as you stroll through Front Street with an array of local crafts, paintings and cards.
Entertainment & Food – Taloula Mango’s – The Board Walk – host local bands and DJs every Friday during Happy Hour.
Cheri’s Café – Maho – is known for its great ambiance; trendy Caribbean music and world renowned classics. featuring The Sweet Chocolate Band. Dancing is encouraged!
Adventures – By land or by sea, you can enjoy an experience on a budget like no other. The island is famous for its 37 picturesque beaches and bundled with island excursions.
Sunset Beach Bar – Fasten your seat belts for fun in the sun! This world famous beach bar is located right on a beautiful white sandy beach, but also right at the end of the runway of the airport. It’s the only place where you can enjoy an ice cold Heineken as a huge 747 jumbo jet soars 30-50ft over head! Top notch entertainment and tasty grilled food makes for a relaxed Caribbean vibe.
Enjoy Mullet Bay Beach – explore the tropical shoreline or relax and enjoy a sunbath or tanning.
Lucky Stables – Cay Bay – horseback riding on St. Maarten is an exciting way of interacting with nature.
Other excursions include, water sports, tours, hiking, diving, and day trips to neighboring islands.
Transportation – Public Bus Transportation – a very economical way to get around. You can’t miss the busses sporting their route in their front windows. Convenient bus stops are located throughout the island, including the airport.
Taxis are widely available if you prefer not to rent a car. A ride from the airport to town can cost about $15-$20.