Our tenth trip to St. Martin and sand gravity definitely took its toll on us, as it was a very relaxing trip.
Rented a car from Kenny’s Car Rental in advance, after a short wait outside of the airport our car arrived and checkout was very fast. The car met all of our expectation.
On the highway for only ten-minutes and the gendarmes had me pulled over in a random checkpoint stop (3:00 P.M. in the afternoon). Showed them the rental papers, and my driver license and a short two-minutes later we were off to Grand Case Beach Resort.
Our last two stays on the island have been at GCBR and all future stays will be at the resort. The resort is casual, has two nice beaches, a short drive to Orient Beach, and walking distance to the fine restaurants of Grand Case.
These are the highlights of the trip:
Best dining experience – Sunset Café on the grounds of Grand Case Beach Resort. Make a reservation so you get a table next to the water. Had two dinners at the Café and both of them were outstanding. We really liked the seafood gratin. Great complimentary, homemade cordials upon the completion of your dinner. We had mango, lemon and coconut. Coconut was our favorite.
Best appetizer – Deep Fried Brie cheese at Pegleg’s Pub and Steakhouse. (We’re from Wisconsin, what can I say). My wife looks forward all year to this appetizer, and Sean always makes you feel welcomed.
Best tropical drink – Banana Colada at the Greenhouse. Double Bubble – four coladas.
Best lunch – Baywatch (Another place that makes you feel very welcome). A close second is Rosie’s Shack on Mullet Bay (Love her chicken)
Best Dessert – Sunset Café – Molten chocolate cake.
We booked only one side trip, a 2 hour snorkel trip to Creole Rock. We booked the trip through the Water Sports Activity Center at Grand Case Beach Resort. Our “tour” consisted of the two of us and our guide. The maximum number of people they take is 6. We saw three sting rays during our outing. St. Martin is not known for its snorkeling but we were more than satisfied with our excursion.
We divided our beach time between Orient Beach (5 Days), Mullet Bay (2 days), Grand Case (2 days), and Kim Sha (1 day). A good time was had on all of them.
Looking forward to returning to the island in 2010.