You could spend a whole week just in Grand Case and not see it all, but here are a few must-see spots as well as some of our favourite spots on the island:
Le Temps des Cerises hotel has a fantastic restaurant with a great view (similar to Ocean Sounds!). They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Did we mention the view?
Calmos Cafe is at the eastern end of the beach. Great for a sunset drink and an evening people mingle.
The local barbecues (lolos) are just past the old pier. Cheap eats and delicious. Great for lunch! Look for the smoke rising from the grills.
All the other restaurants in Grand Case are awesome. Never had a bad meal anywhere. Try as many as you can! Well worth the price. Grand Case is great at night and an awesome place to meet interesting people.
Marigot, the French capital, is great for fashion-shopping. The Marina Royale and Rue de Général de Gaulle have the best European shops. A must for lunch is La Source (the
tuna tartare is amazing) and Tropicana, both in the marina. Bon appetite!
Simpson Bay is the best beach on the Dutch side. Check out Karakter Beach. It’s an old bus converted to a bar. Cool place to hang out for lunch.
Some other places worth seeing on St Martin are Happy Bay (30 minute walk over the hill at the western end of our beach - very secluded; just hop over the fence or open the gate - don’t worry about the signs), Anse Marcel (Riu Palace hotel - go to the western side of the beach), Pinel island (great day trip - go to Le Karibuni beach), Orient beach (water sports and the all-over tan), and Maho beach (airplanes!).
There is a dive shop at the eastern end of Grand Case village. They also do snorkel trips.
If sailing is something you'd like to do while on the island then check out our friends with a sailboat.
The official currency is the euro on the French side (it is France), and the NA florin on the Dutch side (never seen one, only US$). Both sides readily accept the US$, some even at par with the euro. Credit cards accepted just about everywhere, but at times cash will give you a better deal. There are ATM’s everywhere on both sides of the island. Bank cards work just like they do at home, and even the french banks have english menus.
If you don’t have a car booked ahead of time, there is a rental company down the street.
If you have any questions let us know.
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