The cool, chic, and very French town of Marigot is always busy with tourists looking for delicious food in the world-renowned restaurants, great deals on high-end fashion, and elegant accommodations. This is the place you go when you're looking for a change from the typical tropical atmosphere that the Caribbean is known for, without giving up beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather. Marigot is also slightly more modern than some other small towns in the region, with plentiful and varied transportation options to appease every type of traveler.
Although there is a small airport located in St. Martin, the majority of people who fly to Marigot will come through the Sint Maarten. As a modern facility and one of the major points of entry for international travel to the Caribbean, finding flights here that fit tough schedules is fairly easy. Plus, the fact that this is a duty free island makes getting through customs easy. Find out everything you need to know about flying to Marigot here.in
Some of the world's finest luxury yachts sail to Marigot on a regular basis, dock at one of the full service marinas, and drop their passengers off for their dream island getaway. French immigration laws apply, and sailors will have to present themselves and their vessels to the port authority for inspection. Once cleared, there are four different marinas and anchorage points where boats can be docked. Everything you need to know about clearing in Marigot Bay can be read here.
While the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facility in Philipsburg is a more popular destination among major cruise lines, there is also a small cruise dock in the center of Marigot. It is very small and can only accommodate one medium sized cruise ship, so often larger liners will anchor off shore and tender passengers in. The entire island is small enough that if you're hoping to spend your time ashore exploring Marigot, you can easily sail to either port and make it happen.
Renting a car in Marigot is easy, whether you decide to get your rental as you leave the airport or cruise ship dock, have the vehicle delivered to you at your hotel, or go pick it up from a local agency at a later point in your trip. As long as you are over the age of 25, have an international driver's license, and can pay for it, chances are you'll have no trouble getting on the road. Find out all you need to know about renting a car here.
Taxis are available throughout the island. They are most easily found anywhere tourists are known to be, like at the airport, cruise ports, ferry terminals, and major shopping areas. They are unmetered, but rates are set in advance and you can ask your driver for the rate card so you know how much you'll be spending before you even take off. The rates on the card are based on a two person occupancy, and each additional passenger is an extra $4(USD). You'll also have to pay if you have more than one piece of luggage per person. To travel from Princess Juliana International Airport to Marigot it is $20(USD), and to go from Marigot to Grand Case is it $15(USD). Fares are also 25 percent higher from 10:00 p.m. to midnight and 50 percent higher between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
Public buses in Marigot appear to be more like minivans run throughout the day and throughout the island between 5:00 a.m. And midnight. They are privately owned and operated, but stick to set routes as you might expect a bus would. Rates range from $2 to $3(USD) per person, and the buses accept both Euros and US Dollars.
Marigot is home to St. Martin's ferry terminal, which allows locals and visitors to travel to the nearby island of Anguilla. The ferry is public and makes the 20 minute journey all day long every day of the year. Get a full schedule and details about pricing by clicking ferries.
The island that is comprised of both St. Martin and St. Maarten may be small, but there is no shortage of ways to get around whether you are traveling only within Marigot or have plans to see it all.
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