Attractions in Marigot

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Overlooking Marigot Bay is Fort St. Louis, the place where most visitors begin their explorations of the landmarks in town.  French culture dominates here, but there is always space for Caribbean culture, and the two blend together nicely through a series of museums and historic homes with speak to all that is important to the people who live here now and who have lived here in the past.  The importance of nature here cannot be forgotten, and it is not when you spend time on the picturesque beaches or walking through the local nature reserve. 


Friar's Bay Beach

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. You can click on the beach names for a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

Baie de Marigot: The sweep of sand that makes up Baie de Marigot beach is on the southeast end of the bay. If you head south from the beach you'll find many shops and restaurants.

Another location worth considering is Galisbay. Often overlooked by beachgoers, this beach has a view of Fort Louis and a nice spot to come when you want to get away from the crowds.

Lover's Beach: Hard to find, but worth it if you want a lot of privacy, Lover's Beach is so small it can only accommodate about two people at a time. You'll want to make sure to visit the beach on a day with calm surf, otherwise the tide will be so high that the sand will be covered.

Marigot and the surrounding areas have plenty of other beaches to choose from. For more in formation concerning beaches available, check out this page.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Louis

Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum in the heart of Marigot. Musee de Saint-Martin provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the history of St. Martin. Exhibits begin with a discussion of how life was on the island for the Arawak people, and moves towards how that all changed when Europeans discovered the island.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Musee Des Coquillages. It is situated in downtown Marigot. The museum is open during the week from 10:00am until 6:00pm, with a two hour break starting at noon. On the weekend, the museum is only open from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Old Prison: For many years, the Old Prison of Marigot held the prisoners of the island who committed various crimes. The prison's role changed however in 1968, when the building was converted into a fire station and the prisoners transferred to a newer site.

These are only a few of the options worth consideration To get more information about other sites worth visiting this topic, read this article about other interesting places to visit in this area.

Natural Attractions

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

One of the worthwhile outdoor tourist attractions is Loterie Farm Nature Reserve. This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.

A second attraction that needs mentioning is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. Emilio Wilson Park sits on the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation kept in operation by slave labor. In 1954, Emilio Wilson, the grandson of a former slave, bought the property and opened it to the public as a park in memory of the slaves who made St. Martin what it was.

These are just some of the available options. To visit our complete guide to natural attractions near Marigot, click here.


Looking for a bit of action? Visitors wanting to test their luck will have lots of places to do so nearby.

Princess Casino has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. As one of St. Maarten's largest gaming centers, Princess Casino is always busy, vibrant, and exciting. Most people walk in the door and immediately feel like winners.

Lightning Casino is found within Simpson Bay, 2.5 mi. South of central Marigot. Just a few minutes away from the airport, Lightning Casino caters to sports fans with big screen televisions broadcasting sporting events from around the world while they game.

Tropicana Casino: Looking to try your luck? Then head down to Tropicana Casino, which is known as the "friendliest casino in St. Maarten," and play one of their many slot and table games to see if you are a winner.

Of course, there are many other choices too. Navigate here to visit our page dedicated to gaming close to Marigot.


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