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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Stick to Your Budget in St. Martin


4. Insider’s Tip

A roadside restaurant in Grand Case.   

On the Dutch side of the island, nearly everything is priced in dollars, while on the French side, many establishments (from beach vendors to restaurants) will offer a one-to-one conversion if you pay in cash (saving you about 33 percent). Even places that don’t have a one-dollar-equals-one-euro policy will have a better exchange rate than your credit card. Forget the euros—just bring lots of dollars.

Published on Jan 15, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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