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amazing French restaurants (a few Italian ones as well). Grand Case is known for the cuisine and rightly so. The beach club was a few minutes walk to this part of town. The beach club had two small but beautiful beaches that were separated by the Sunset Beach outdoor bar and restaurant and the pool. It is a charming property and we fell in love with it. We are already planning our next vacation to stay in one of their condominium studio apartments next year. We had called weeks ahead and they quickly set us up with beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkel equipment and water mats (which I just love to lull away on). Just lift the little umbrella on your chair and in moments someone is there to take your food or drink order. The mountains of Anguilla and Creole Rock can be seen out in the water and from the water, the hills and pastel homes of St. Martin were lovely...either way, the view was amazing. We had an amazing lunch out on the patio of the Sunset Cafe overlooking the ocean...more outstanding French food. They sent us a complimentary carafe of their own homemade liquor filled with mango, orange slices and pineapples...it was heavenly. On our way back to the ship, we quickly toured Marigot, the capitol on the French side, and cannot wait to get back and spend some real time there. Great outdoor food market and we hear that the croissants are not to be missed at Zee Best Cafe. Two in our party opted for shopping in this port and took a water taxi into Phillipsburg. They found great bargains, came back with new jewelry and loved Front Street (repairs and all). Prostitution is legal in Grand Case, St Martin French: Baie Rouge is best for snorkelers and nude/topless sunbathing. You can walk along a large stretch of almost deserted sand beach. It has calm waters which makes it great for swimming. Near the entrance area, people still wear clothes, but the more you go west, the more you will see nude bathers. http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/baierouge.html

French: Baie Longue (Long Bay, Longue Bay or Long Beach) is an extension of Cupecoy situated in the southern part of French Terres Basses/The Lowlands. As the name implies it is the longest stretch of white sand beach on the island and is also one of the most quiet, intimate beaches, and the best for sun-worshippers. With its stunning turquoise waters and plenty of privacy, the natural charm of this secluded beach will amaze you. Long Bay is also great for snorkeling, although you won´t find too much coral. Exercise care however, as the sometimes intense surf can make this rugged beauty only for hearty ones You will have to bring your own supplies to Long Bay beach and there are no watersport activities, no vendors, no amenities. The

views of the rocks and waters are beautiful, and makes it one of the best romantic sunset spots. Baie Longue is uncrowded but has a step dropoff. Clothing is optional here as on most beaches on the French side. http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/longbay.html Other French beaches: http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/plumbay.html (just beside Long Bay, well known to surfers) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/nettlebay.html (for wakeboarding, waterskiing and kitesurfing) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/friarsbay.html (family beach with legendary Full Moon parties too) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/happybay.html (secluded beach with 15 minute walk through underbrush from last bar at Friar’s beach) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/ansemarcel.html (family beach 5 minute walk from parking at private resorts) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/galion.html (also called Coconut Grove or Baby Beach) http://www.stmartin.com/beaches/oyster.html (next to Dawn Beach with no real beach but safe harbor for boats and lunch at marina)

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