We just returned from another wonderful week in Grand Case - our first since Hurricane Irma hit. The beach is still as beautiful as ever. Here is what we experienced.
Grand Case is definitely open for business. That said, there is still a lot of damage that has not been repaired. While most of the restaurants and businesses are back, not all are, and most (probably 60%) of the private homes and small rental apartments on the beach have not been rebuilt. This is a result of several things - lack of insurance, owners leaving St. Martin, inability to prove ownership and difficulty in getting construction permits from the government. Some are/will be rebuilt but many probably never will be. The small supermarkets, post office, church and most shops (Sexy Fruits, Simple Elegance, Voila, Busco boutique rum store, pharmacy, etc) are open.
The airport is back in working order but not all of the reconstruction is done. The baggage claim seems to be in a temporary area (note - there are no bathrooms in the bag claim area. They are located before you go through passport control and in the main terminal once you clear customs). The departure check-in is no longer in tents but inside the terminal. It took us a long time to get through security and passport control when departing. Get to the airport AT LEAST 2 hours before your flight and even earlier if you can. The departure area was crazy crowded and had very poor acoustics. It was a very hectic and tiring departure process.
Listed below is a (non-comprehensive) list of what we saw open and what is not:
L'ile Flottant bakery/cafe
Ti' Case pizza
Les Temp Cerises
L'Amour a la Plage
Le Frite au Vent (new Belgian restaurant)
Le Bistronome (although it was never open during the week we were there)
Bleu Emeraude (2/3rd open, 1/3rd under construction)
Bleu Marine residences
LTC Boutique Hotel (attached to Les Temps Cerises restaurant)
L'Atlantide (open but has scaffolding on both front and back while they finish renovations)
Hevea (looks refurbished but was not open while we were there)
Restaurants/hotels/businesses that are not open:
Le Tastevin (a co-owner told me the building owner does not want to rebuild and that the issue is in court)
Il Nettuno (a new restaurant called Barranco is in this location)
Love Hotel & Cafe (and it doesn't look like it will be back any time soon, if ever)
Jolie Beach Apartments (but under reconstruction)
La Boheme shop (relocated to Marigot)
About 1/3rd of Bleu Emeraude (it is under reconstruction and the other 2/3rd is open)
Blue Octopus dive shop (I read that the owner recently died unexpectedly)
Like I said earlier, we had a great trip. Don't hesitate to go back!