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Grand Case Hurricane Irma update - January 2020

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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:

Open restaurants:

L'ile Flottant bakery/cafe

Captain Frenchy

Rainbow

Ti' Case pizza

Les Temp Cerises

L'Amour a la Plage

Piazza Pascal

Le Cottage

La Villa

L'Auberge Gourmand

Bistrot Caraibes

Blue Martini

Max's Place

Nice SXM

Le Frite au Vent (new Belgian restaurant)

The Lolos

Ocean 82

Villa Royale

Le Bistronome (although it was never open during the week we were there)

Le Pressoir

Spiga

Open hotels/apartments:

Le Petit Hotel

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)

Calypso

Hevea (looks refurbished but was not open while we were there)

L'Esplanade

Grand Case Beach Club

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)

Zen It

Calmos Cafe

Il Nettuno (a new restaurant called Barranco is in this location)

L'Ardoise

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!

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Thanks for the extensive reporting! Well done and glad you had a good time.

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Ditto that. 👍🏻👍🏻

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And another round of applause. Thanks for taking time to give such a detailed update. Glad you had a good time.

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Nice, objective, factual post. Thank you.

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Along with the others before me, thanks for that very informative report. It is very helpful and gives a good summation of the current status. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Wondering about grand case property Condo Caraibes and needing a car for restaurants and grocery. We’re 70’s, do walking/stairs but not to excess. Taxi? Etc, any clue? Sounds like grand case is lovely. We were in area last month but didn’t pay enough attention. Thx

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Not sure where the property is but if it is in town you won’t need a car for restaurants in GC you should be able to walk. We stay at GC beach club at the far end and walk in for dinner about 10 minutes to La Villa mid town. As for groceries there are small markets you can get basics but if we’re going to do some cooking you might want a car then. There is in Hope Estates right close a market called Hope Market that has many items euro = USD and a Super U that has absolutely almost everything euro = 1.05 USD. You can even rent a car in GC and take a taxi from the airport if you want to get your bearings and not have to get as your are just arriving about 40$ one way for a taxi.

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