Known for its pristine blue waters, charming white sand beaches, festive nightlife and plentiful casinos, St Martin has long ago become of the most popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean, appealing to travelers of different ages and tastes. The island's 39 beautiful beaches are ideal for windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and other great water sports, while some of the beaches are secluded enough to attract romantic couples or honeymooners.
Among those enjoying the greatest popularity with visitors to St Martin is Cupecoy Bay Beach, located on the western side of the island and characterized by the absence of bars, restaurants or other facilities. Nearby is the white-sand Mullet Bay Beach shaded by palm trees, and Maho Bay Beach, recognized as one of the busiest beaches at St Martin, buzzing with windsurfers and sports enthusiasts alike.
Stretching across Simpson Bay Village are 1.5-mile long white sands of Simpson Bay Beach, a perfect place for a swim or a stroll. The east side of St Martin is marked by Dawn Beach famous for its underwater life and Oyster Pond Beach popular with bodysurfers.
Just twenty minutes from Marigot is Grand Case - a small and friendly fishing village, seen as an outpost of French civilization, with such a great variety of restaurants and places to stay. Right in its middle is the alluring white sand Grand Case Beach known for its calm waters that are ideal for families with small children. Despite being small, it has a charming atmosphere of its own and boasts a largest number of carnivals than can be found elsewhere on the island.
Whenever looking for good lodging options for your stay on the island, consider Grand Case hotels renowned for their elegance and sophisticated style, notably Hotel L'Esplanade Caraibe, Le Petit Hotel and Grand Case Beach Club.
Nestled on a sloping hillside that overlooks the road leading to Grand Case village, Hotel L'Esplanade Caraibe is an elegant collection of suites, marked by the Hispanic overlay of white walls, blue roofs and hand painted tiles. Visitors can take advantage of beautiful terraced gardens, a pool and access to the beach via the winding pathway. Each of the units features a fully-equipped kitchen with a large fridge, mahogany furniture and comfortable king-size or queen-size beds. Some of the hotel facilities include outdoor pool, bar, laundry service and car rental.
Set on a small part of property, Le Petit Hotel is a stylish and thoughtfully designed lodge with direct access to alluring sands of Grand Case Beach. Out of its ten spacious units, nine are studios are one is a one-bedroom apartment, all of them consisting of outdoor terraces or private balconies, comfortable furniture, well-equipped kitchenettes with a fridge and microwave, and small bathrooms with shower stalls. Available are the following hotel facilities: babysitting, activities desk, laundry service and rooms for those with limited mobility.
After dark activities at Grand Case begin early, as visitors start off with sundowner on Pasanggrahan Royal Inn's garden patio. Located here is also the most popular bar of St Martins - Cheri's Café!