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.
You will find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the beach names for detailed information about that specific beach.
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 alternative 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.
Marigot and the surrounding areas have quite a few other beaches to choose from. If interested, you can find out more by following this link.
Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum towards the middle 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.
Another popular destination is Musee Des Coquillages. It is found within 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.
But that's not all -- you can find a selection of other options as well. Click here to visit our guide to other sites worth visiting in this area.
Assuming you enjoy being outside will typically have a pleasant time visiting 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.
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. Today, the property is controversial, but it remains open for recreational use.
These are just a sample of the options that are available. Click here to find our page regarding natural attractions nearby.
Ready for some action? Those wanting to test their luck on the slots have lots of venues where they can do so nearby.
Princess Casino has a restaurant, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you hit the gaming floor. 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 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.
Needless to say, you will find additional choices too. Go to this extended discussion dedicated to gaming close to Marigot if you want to get some more information.
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