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“Do You Need a Visa to Visit St. Martin?” and Other FAQ’s

“Do You Need a Visa to Visit St. Martin?” is one of the most common questions we get here at Grand Case Beach Club. First-time visitors typically have a lot of other questions, too. To help you get ready for the winter travel season, here are some of the most common queries we answer.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit St. Martin?

It’s always good to travel with a passport although this is not necessary for some nationalities to enter St. Martin, typically residents of European Union countries. Your airline should be able to quickly tell you whether or not entry requirements for your nationality.

Just remember that you likely will be arriving at St. Julianna Airport, SXM, which is on the Netherlands Antilles part of the Island; our hotel itself is on the French side of St. Martin. Once you clear customs at the airport you are free to go wherever you want, as there is no border patrol or immigration between the two parts.

How Do I Get To St. Martin?

There are direct flights from New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Paris and many other major cities. If your flight coming to St. Martin has connections, be sure to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, any medication (in their original packaging), and beach clothes in your hand luggage.

What About Neighboring Islands?

If you plan to visit any of the surrounding Islands such as St Barths, Anguilla or Saba, even just for a day trip, please check the entry requirements before arriving here in case you need a visa for any.

However, if you are an American with a passport or a European Community passport holder you should not have any problems entering any of the Islands.

What Currency Should I Bring?

On the Dutch side they take US Dollars and Guilders. On French side we take Euros, however we also accept US dollars.

It is to your advantage to bring US dollars with you and bring as much as you need because if you want more you either have to go to the Dutch side to get cash from an ATM or use one on the French side and then exchange Euros to Dollars.

Where Are “Child-Friendly” Beaches on St. Martin?

Caribbean Journal - Grand Case Beach Club

It’s true that some beaches are “clothing optional” on St. Martin, but many of them are not. On the other hand, Grand Case Beach Club sits above the wonderful Petit Plage. It’s perfect for splashing around, and, best of all, it is just steps from your room.

When Is Hurricane Season on St. Martin?

Hurricanes are infrequent in this part of the Caribbean, but September and October are when to look out for them.

Where Can I see the Jets Landing on St. Martin?

Maho Beach Plane Landing SXM

Featured image by Flickr user Mitchell Weinstock. Image license (as of April, 14 2017): Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Maho Beach on the “Dutch side” of St. Martin is where you can watch jumbo jets land. However, this activity is actually quite dangerous, and we recommend that our guests stay away.

What Is the Best Local Cuisine on St. Martin?

romantic restaurant on st. martin bay

Views over the bay to Anguilla at one of St. Martin’s romantic restaurants.

Our own village of Grand Case is the “culinary capital of the Caribbean.” You can get great French food here, as well as international cuisine. Besides that, the wonderful Lolo food stalls serve local fare.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Local Markets?

The Market in Marigot is open every day but the main Market days are Wednesday and Saturday. The market opens early in the morning approximately 08:00 and stalls are normally start packing up between 14:00 and 15:00. For fish and meat we advise you visit the market very early on Wednesday and Saturday as this part of the market is normally over by 09:30.

 

FAQ’s About Grand Case Beach Club

Here are some FAQ’s we get about our hotel on St. Martin:

Do You Have Internet?

We have free wireless connection hotspots in the area of the Front Desk and Sunset Cafe, and are expanding to some other areas as well. We do not guarantee WiFi in rooms, though some may get limited reception. Please ensure you know how to change your WiFi settings on your laptop before leaving home.

 

Is There A Hotel Shuttle?

We do not operate a St. Martin airport shuttle, there are  taxis outside of the arrivals exit, and it is approximately $30.00 for two people with two bags each; additional people are normally charged $5.00 each and additional bags are $2.00 per bag. However, after 10:00 pm you will be charged an additional 15% on the regular taxi rate and after midnight it can go as high as 25%.

What Electricity Voltage Do You Have In St. Martin?

Our electricity is 220v here so a converter is advisable. Most electronic equipment e.g. cameras, cell phones etc. now a days have built in converters, which means you just need the American to European two-pin plug adapter. Check the equipment you want to bring to see if this is the case.

Could I Make Restaurant Reservations Before I Arrive?

Of course! please let us know which restaurants on which day and what time and we will confirm these with you upon check-in.

What Does Grand Case Beach Club Have In Its Rooms?

  • We do supply daily beach towels, so no need to bring them.
  • Also in the rooms is a fully equipped kitchenette, including a microwave, fridge, oven and coffeemaker (we do not supply coffee). There is a CD player in each room and all rooms are equipped with flat sreen TVs and American Cable. Irons and boards are provided as well.
  • You will also find a mini-bar in the room and a hair-dryer in the bathroom. In the one bedroom, two bedroom and studios with a loft, the sofa pulls out into an additional twin bed.
  • Irons and Ironing Boards conveniently placed in each room.