Hello, I have a trip planned to St Maarten next year to burn up some air miles. However, coming from Europe where we tend to have huge price competition (I just booked a deluxe room in a 4* hotel in Prague with 97% Trip Advisor rating for approx $70 USD per night) I find the prices on St Maarten quite staggering for accommodation. It looks like even a basic guest house will cost us in the region of $150-180 USD per night, is that correct or am I searching in the wrong places?
We would be looking around late March 2014 for around 3 nights. Obviously I'm searching for places on booking.com, hotels.com, etc. I was wondering on here if anyone knows of smaller less advertised hotels/guesthouses that might be more within our price expectations? To be honest I'm not too bothered where we stay as we'll spend most of our time exploring, although somewhere nearer to the airport would be better.
If I've completely mistaken then unfortunately it looks like we'd have to ditch our ideas of the Caribbean and head to Asia instead where it is a bit more affordable, which would be a shame as we've never been to the Caribbean before!