November 28, 2011
About Grand Case, St. Martin
Grand Case, St. Martin is a French overseas territory in the Caribbean that is fast becoming known as a sophisticated resort destination that’s off the beaten track. Located on Saint Martin, one of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, Saint Martin offers a variety of hotel options. Saint Martin, a relatively little-known destination, has preserved some of its anonyminity thanks to the fact it is located on an island of the same name – Saint Martin – and shares this island with the Dutch Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten. Adding to the confusion is that French St. Martin was once part of the French Caribbean commune of Guadeloupe; Guadeloupe is itself a different island about 150 kilometers southeast of saint Martin. However, St. Martin has been incorporated as a self-governing entity since 2007, and, as part of France, Saint Martin is actually a member of the European Union. One benefit of this is that hotels must meet European specfifications. So, the island has a distinctly European feel, and its hotels reflect this. As mentioned, St. Martin shares the island with Dutch Sint Maarten, with the French territory occupying roughly the northern half of the island. While the Dutch portion of the island is home to Princess Juliana International Airport, famous for a runway that ends right at the water and a beautiful swimming beach, French St. Martin is the larger of the two territories, and three distinct regions to book a place to stay. Marigot, on the west coast of the territory, is the commercial center of Saint Martin. There are beautiful beaches here, plus plenty of amenities including fashionable shopping centers, superb restaurants, and large hotels that can handle an equally larger volume of guests. While there is beachfront lodging in Marigot, for the most part there is none of the splendour and intimacy normally associated with a “Caribbean hotel.” Orleans, on the west coast of the territory is also a commercial center, although there are number of beachfront options to choose from. Choosing a hotel in Orleans means choosing easy access to the beach, to nightlife, and to the Dutch half of the island. Grand Case, in the north of the island, is off the beaten track. The region is not as developed as Marigot and Orleans (although there is an airport in Grand Case), and beachfront hotels are the norm. Grand Case is also exposed to cooling trade winds, and is also adjacent to migratory routes for speveral species of whale. So there are a variety of hotel options to choose from in the French territory of St. Martin. Visitors can choose from the centrality of Marigot, the “best of all worlds” convenience of Orleans, or the secluded privacy of Grand Case. Grand Case, St. Martin can’t be beat.