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 find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular location.

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.

A second place that beach-goers can consider 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: To get to Lover's Beach, drive towards Friar's Bay and take a left down a dirt road toward the coast rather than crossing the bridge. There you will park your car and follow the tail through the gate.

These are just a sample of the places worth checking out To navigate to our complete guide to beaches, go to this article.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Louis

Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum in central 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Musee Des Coquillages. It is located in 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.

Of course, the area is home to plenty of other interesting landmarks. For more details about other interesting landmarks in this area, go to this article.

Natural Attractions

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is one of the most enjoyable outdoor attractions. 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.

Emilio Wilson Historic Park is another local attraction you might enjoy. 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.

Marigot offers many other natural attractions. To navigate to our complete page about natural attractions nearby, visit this page.


Looking for some action? Visitors hoping to try their luck in some gaming action will find plenty of places to do so nearby.

Princess Casino has a restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you try your luck. 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.

If you like to play the slots, you might like 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.

Casino Royale offers a selection of games for visitors to enjoy, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Poker - 3 card, and Poker - Caribbean Stud. The largest casino on the island of St. Maarten, Casino Royale boasts 14,000 square feet of electric gaming atmosphere. Not only are there over 450 slot machines with classic and modern video machines, but there are 20 live game tables including both French and American roulette.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other choices too. Navigate to this page regarding gaming close to Marigot if you want to discover additional specifics.


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