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Best Place to Stay in St Maarten / St Martin
St Maarten / St Martin in the Netherlands Antilles is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. With stunning beaches, and a mix of French and Dutch cultures it is paradise for anyone wanting a relaxing getaway in the Caribbean.
A short 2.5 hour flight from Miami, Florida will take you to St Maarten Airport Princess Julianna - take a look outside before you land as this is sure to be one of the most memorable airports you have landed at! With the beach literally metres from the end of the runway, the stretch of sand is always lined with thrill seekers observing the arrivals and departures with a beach towel.
Grand Case Beach Resort
In my opinion Grand Case is the best place to stay when in St Martin.
This is not a commercially paid advertisement it is merely a personal preference. I have stayed at this Hotel twice and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. I just loved it!
If you are looking for a 5 star resort this is not the place to stay, but this place just has something special that money cannot buy. The "Bonjour" greeting in the mornings at the Sunset Cafe, the pastry and coffee for breakfast overlooking the clear blue water, and the sensational sunsets in the evening this place is heaven.
The rooms are far from perfect, however they are a 4 star resort style with modern fittings, kitchen facilities and contemporary bathroom. Free Wifi is also a bonus of this hotel.
For those that love to live like the locals when travelling, here is a tip. You cannot beat the Ribs plate at the nearby Caribbean Barbecues in the town of Grand Case. For about $5 you can have a plate of BBQ ribs, coleslaw and potatoes guzzled down with a "Carib" beer. Do yourself a favour!
If you have had better experiences or have stayed somewhere you think outdoes the Grand Case Beach Resort in St Martin, leave a comment and let us know.