Grandes Cayes

This beach is on a more isolated, northeastern part of the island. You can come here and forget all about civilization as you sink your toes in the soft, warm sand.

Located in Saint Martin, Grandes Cayes 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 particularly close by. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify St. Martin's beaches, but at Grandes Cayes, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach
The access road here is called the Rue de Grande Caye. It dead ends just north of the beach, so you'll know if you missed it. With no resorts to fence off the beachfront, you can walk right on this beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach is a curved sweep of sand on a crystalline blue bay, without any development at all. It's a flat beach with usually calm waters. This is one of the few beaches on the island with solitary ambiance, away from the hustle and bustle.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Grandes Cayes is of course located in a relatively urbanized region, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Grandes Cayes is on St. Martin's South East coast; the area hosts attractions such as Hope Estate Archeological Site, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Cultural Center Grand Case, a lovely museum found two and a half miles to the west-southwest, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Grandes Cayes
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 2.0 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 2.3 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 2.4 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 2.4 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 2.4 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 4.9 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 5.2 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 5.2 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 5.2 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 5.2 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 5.2 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery 5.6 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Grandes Cayes is in the Orient Bay area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Orient Bay is the closest town to Grandes Cayes. It is not overly developed, and it can be an interesting destination for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the coast, Orient Bay is not far away, about two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Grandes Cayes will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers seeking a place to stay close to Grandes Cayes are in luck, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Grandes Cayes
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa a Ti Case -- -- Cottages
Anchorage Little Key -- -- Hotel
Hotel Riu Palace 1.2 mi. W Resort
Le Meridien St Martin 1.2 mi. WSW Motel
Hotel Privilege -- -- Cottages
Socano III -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Plantation 1.2 mi. SSW Hotel
Hotel Mount Vernon 1.3 mi. S Resort
Hotel Le Domaine De Lonvilliers 1.3 mi. W Resort
Sol e Luna 1.3 mi. SSW Guest house

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Karibuni. The restaurant serves International food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Grandes Cayes
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Karibuni (069) 064-3858 International Informal 0.7 mi. SSE
Yellow Beach (059) 077-1500 Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. SSE
Ti Bouchon (069) 064-8464 French Informal 1.0 mi. SW
Le Calypso (059) 029-4160 Fusion, International Informal 1.1 mi. W
Treize Travaux De Hercules (059) 087-4332 Creole -- 1.1 mi. SW
Au Grain de Sel 590 690 71 96 53 European, International Very Casual -- --
Krystal (059) 087-6700 Fusion Fine Dining 1.2 mi. W
L'Île (059) 087-6700 International Fine Dining 1.2 mi. W
La Mer (059) 087-6700 French Fine Dining 1.2 mi. W
Le Marche (059) 087-6700 -- -- 1.2 mi. W
La Veranda (059) 087-6799 -- -- 1.2 mi. WSW
La Louisiane (059) 029-4961 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, of course, so if Grandes Cayes doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Anse Marcel, situated within a mile or so. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Petites Cayes is just right. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the north-northwest.

You may also enjoy Baie Lucas Beach, which is located three and a half miles away.

St. Martin has plenty to offer its visitors, so visiting Grandes Cayes is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.

 

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