Marigot Attractions

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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. 

Beaches

Friar's Bay Beach

You'll discover a large number of beaches to consider in and around the area. Just click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Baie de Marigot: Baie de Marigot is a highly popular bay in St. Martin, with a ferry terminal that provides passage to the neighboring island of Anguilla. If you look west you can watch the ships flow in and out of the popular marina.

Another alternative 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 a full range of beach choices. To navigate to our complete page about beaches, navigate to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Louis

Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum near the center of Marigot. The first showroom features an exhibit on the life of the Arawak Indians, and includes artifacts excavated from historic settlement areas. The most impressive of these artifacts is a molding of a Indian burial dated to 450 AD.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Musee Des Coquillages. It is found within downtown Marigot. One of the largest shell museums in the world, Musee Des Coquillages has over 5000 shells. They feature shells from extinct animals, general sea shells, as well as art made from some of the shells they have found.

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.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find additional sites to visit. To read our complete page about other sites worth seeing in this area, go to this page.

Natural Attractions

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is one of the most enjoyable natural attractions. <p>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.</p>

Emilio Wilson Historic Park is another local site that needs mentioning. <p>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. Today, the property is controversial, but it remains open for recreational use.</p>

Fortunately, you'll be able to find quite a few other choices. To visit our full guide to natural attractions near Marigot, use this link.

Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Vacationers wanting to try their luck in some gaming action can find lots of venues where they can do so nearby.

Princess Casino has a restaurant, which provides added convenience before or after you try your luck. One of the most elegant casinos in St. Maarten, Princess Casino features a neoclassical design complete with frescoes, arches, columns, and domes, and expected clientele to show up dressed just as formally.

Lightning Casino is located in 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: Tropicana Casino is known specifically for its Vegas style gaming and late night hourly Bingo Games starting at 8:30pm that have people winning prizes like TV's, tablet computers, and even $14,000. They also offer unlimited free drinks and cold plates for gamers.

These are just a sample of the available options. Visit this page about gaming close to Marigot if you'd like some more specifics.

 

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