The village of Grand Case
Gastronomy in the spotlight
Former fishing village, located between the sea and the largest saltworks of Saint-Martin, Grand Case has kept all its authenticity, notably by preserving its ancient architecture. Known as the gastronomy capital of the Caribbean, many restaurants have settled there in the typical traditional small huts and in the last wafer houses still present on the island. The traditional French cuisine is served alongside establishments serving Italian, Creole and French specialities. The lolos, local restaurants that are a must along the beach, offer traditional Creole cuisine made of grilled and fried specialties.
A lively district day and night
During the day, the large beach of Grand Case attracts tourists and locals alike thanks to its calm and turquoise water. There is no lack of water sports activities (wakeboarding, towed buoy, catamaran tours) and the bars and restaurants along the beach are an invitation to relax with your feet in the sand. La Petite Plage, located at the very end of the district, at the North-East of the bay, is also a place to discover. Its translucent waters and white sand make it an ideal place for rest, but also for snorkeling.
All year round, thousands of tourists stroll until late at night on the boulevard de Grand Case to sit at the terrace of the best tables or enjoy the festive atmosphere. The bars come alive as soon as night falls. Along the beach or on the boulevard, you can sip a cocktail, often with music. The highlight is the Grand Case Tuesdays, during which the boulevard comes alive once a week, from January to March, with parades, craft stalls and concerts. At the end of the year, on the last Sunday before Christmas, a large, luminous parade of decorated floats parades through the village. With music, young and old alike stroll around in their most beautiful costumes.
The Tijon perfumery in Grand Case offers both visitors and locals two unique opportunities on the island. Products made in Saint Martin, including eighteen refined perfumes and eaux de Cologne known as the "Scents of the French Caribbean". Also on offer are sunscreens, lotions and cosmetics made in the laboratory on the Tijon site. Inspired by the lush green nature of the Caribbean, the scented and skin care products combine aromatic oils distilled from locally grown exotic flowers such as jasmine, gardenia and frangipani as well as plant extracts such as aloe vera, polypodium papaya and rosemary. In addition, Tijon Perfumery is probably the only place in the world where customers can choose from over 300 oils to create their own scent. On every occasion you will leave with your own bottle of perfume or cologne with its gift bag, which are worth almost as much as the experience itself. It sounds challenging, but Tijon Perfumery will make it easy for you, the hardest part being finding a name for your perfume or eau de Cologne.