Anse Marcel

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Anse Marcel is a beautiful beach, completely tucked away in a bay, with some of the brightest blue waters I've ever seen. The sand is soft and white and the shape of the bay calms the waves into gentle ripples.

Situated on the northwestern outskirts of Anse Marcel, this beach is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Many of St. Martin's beaches are secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. These spots may be perfect for those who need a break from crowds, but others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Anse Marcel.

How to Access The Beach
Access to this beach tends to be limited to those who are staying at the resorts that line the beachfront. You could patronize the bar at the resort and casually head to the shore or you could try just walking through or renting a boat and arriving at the marina.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach has two major hotels on its inland side, owning this beachfront property. There's also a marina with a channel into the bay on the east side of the beach.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Anse Marcel visitors find convenient and satisfying. Each country in the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and St. Martin is no different. One truly memorable place to experience delicious local dishes is right on the water. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Anse Marcel is the ultimate convenience.

Those who want to dine by the water will appreciate that there are picnic tables available.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy.

You should remember that the immediate vicinity around Anse Marcel is an urban area, so you may find numerous people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on St. Martin's South East coast; it will be near other attractions like Cultural Center Grand Case, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Historical attractions like Hope Estate Archeological Site provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Anse Marcel, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about St. Martin's past, without having to leave the coast.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse Marcel
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 1.0 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 1.2 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 2.5 mi. SSE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 2.5 mi. SSE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 2.6 mi. SSE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 3.8 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 4.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 4.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 4.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 4.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 4.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery 4.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Grand-Case is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Grand-Case isn't far off, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those seeking a place to stay near Anse Marcel shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Anse Marcel
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Le Domaine De Lonvilliers 0.1 mi. ESE Resort
Hotel Privilege -- -- Cottages
Socano III -- -- Hotel
Hotel Riu Palace 0.3 mi. ESE Resort
Marquis Boutique Hotel 0.3 mi. S Resort
Le Meridien St Martin 0.4 mi. SE Motel
Grand Case Beach Club 0.8 mi. WSW Resort
Anchorage Little Key -- -- Hotel
Casa a Ti Case -- -- Cottages
Alizés Motel Guesthouse -- -- Guest house

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is La Table du Marché. This restaurant has a menu featuring Creole food. Many guests rave about their barbecue. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Anse Marcel
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Table du Marché (059) 052-3535 Creole -- 0.1 mi. ESE
La Louisiane (059) 029-4961 -- -- -- --
Le Panoramic (059) 087-4412 -- -- -- --
Krystal (059) 087-6700 Fusion Fine Dining 0.3 mi. ESE
L'Île (059) 087-6700 International Fine Dining 0.3 mi. ESE
La Mer (059) 087-6700 French Fine Dining 0.3 mi. ESE
Le Marche (059) 087-6700 -- -- 0.3 mi. ESE
La Locanda Wine Bar & Trattoria (059) 027-5825 -- -- 0.3 mi. SE
Le Calypso (059) 029-4160 Fusion, International Informal 0.3 mi. E
La Veranda (059) 087-6799 -- -- 0.4 mi. SE
Sunset Café (059) 087-5187 French Informal 0.8 mi. WSW
Spiga (059) 052-4783 Italian Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Anse Marcel on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

If the exciting vibe at Anse Marcel is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Baie de cul-de-sac, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Grande-Case Beach is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located just a short distance away.

Travelers may also want to consider Baie Lucas Beach, which is located fairly close-by, so a short cab ride will get you here pretty easily.

You may find that Anse Marcel is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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