Grand Case Attractions

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Best known for its gourmet dining scene and numerous casinos, Grand Case certainly comes to life at night.  The town is by no means dead during the day, however.  Here, there are some of the calmest and cleanest beaches you can imagine, as well as an important archeological site on the edge of town, and several other attractions to be seen in between. 


Friar's Bay Beach

You will discover a large selection of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for those who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Just click on each beach name for a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

If you like snorkeling, a beach offering that option is Grande-Case Beach. You can walk right up to this beach with no trouble, but you'll have to park at one of the adjacent businesses, then find your way through the beachfront shops and villas.

A second place to consider is Friar's Bay Beach. Populated by a small crowd of locals and tourists in the daytime, this beach is known for occasional nighttime beach parties as well.

Happy Bay: A small beach with stunning white sand and crystal clear waters, this is one of the most hidden and secluded beaches on the island, but perhaps not for long. In 2014, it was listed as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Grand Case and the surrounding areas have quite a few other beaches to choose from. Click here to see our guide to beaches for Grand Case.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Louis

Hope Estate Archeological Site is a historical site just on the edge of Grand Case. The Hope Estate Archaeological Association is in charge of excavating Hope Estate, and over the years has amassed a huge collection of pottery and other artifacts, plus through the excavation of tombs learned about the Arawak peoples burial process. A tour of this site offered by the association will how off a number of the dig sites and uncovered artifacts.

Another popular destination is Durat Bridge. It is located in Marigot, 2.5 mi. South West of central Grand Case. Named after the famous governor of the island, Durat Bridge was essential in connecting Marigot with the Northernmost part of the island and specifically to the village that is known today as Grand Case.

Mount Vernon Plantation: In addition to being home to a variety of fruit trees and some sugar cane, Mount Vernon Plantation is also the home to some old mill buildings that are a rare feature on the island. These humble buildings once served as the backbone to the entire St. Martin economy for decades, producing the products that made this island so lucrative to the European colonial powers.

The area has a more extensive set of interesting landmarks. For more information on other interesting places to visit in and around the area, follow this link.

Natural Attractions

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. <p>This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.</p>

The Butterfly Farm is a second local attraction that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. <p>If you are mystified by the tender and swift nature of the butterfly, then the Butterfly Farm is for you. Here, you can tour a tropical rainforest setting and interact with this creatures as they fly freely and often land right on the shoulders, hair, or hands of guests.</p>

Grand Case has plenty of other natural attractions. You can read this extended discussion about natural attractions close to Grand Case if you'd like to find some more details.


Looking for some action? Vacationers interested in testing their luck in some gaming action can find quite a few opportunities to do so nearby.

Princess Casino offers dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. As one of St. Maarten's largest gaming centers, Princess Casino is always busy, vibrant, and exciting. Most people walk in the door and immediately feel like winners.

Lightning Casino is located in Simpson Bay, 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of central Grand Case. Just a few minutes away from the airport, Lightning Casino caters to sports fans with big screen televisions broadcasting sporting events from around the world while they game.

Tropicana Casino: Tropicana Casino is known specifically for its Vegas style gaming and late night hourly Bingo Games starting at 8:30pm that have people winning prizes like TV's, tablet computers, and even $14,000. They also offer unlimited free drinks and cold plates for gamers.

These examples are just some of the available options. Navigate here to visit our article concerning gaming close to Grand Case.


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