A small piece of paradise, tucked away from the main tourist centres of the island, but yet still able to offer everything that you could wish to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Yes – Marigot is a great base to explore the island from – but if you want to chill out and take in the Caribbean way of life, then there’s no need to look any further.
The centre of the bay is the stylish marina – located on the south side of the inlet and only around a 15 minute walk from the White Turtle. Its a popular mooring site for some very swish boats – which makes for great viewing. You can even charter a yacht for the day yourself here, or arrange a private boat excursion up to Rodney Bay or the Pitons. Around the edge of the marina there are a number of local shops, including a small supermarket, a laundrette, a taxi office, and several souvenir and beach wear shops. There is also a cafe located on the water front – which sells fabulous ice creams and sandwiches, and is a great spot for lunch.
Marigot Bay Hotel
A short walk around the marina decking brings you to the Discovery Marigot Bay hotel. This five star boutique hotel opens a number of their facilities to non guests, including the renowned Lapli Spa – a fantastic place to go for some serious pampering. There is also the Boudreau restaurant, which offers fine dining in a french colonial style setting. We can highly recommend a night there if you want to really treat yourself. For a more casual evening, try the hotel’s marina side bar, the Hurricane Hole, which serves international food in a relaxed setting by the water.
Next to the small passenger pier at the entrance to the marina is one of our favourite spots – Chateaux Mygo. This restaurant – owned by a local Lucian lady – has a great atmosphere with regular live music, and serves a fusion of East Indian and Creole cuisine as well as sushi and fresh pizza. Its right on the water – in fact, if you look down, you can see the waves below the restaurant decking!
La Bas Beach
The main Marigot Bay beach – La Bas – is located on the north side of the bay, where there are a number of other bars and restaurants. It is reached by passenger ferry – go to the pier and wave, and one will be with you in a few minutes! The ferry is free if you are going to either Doolittles bar or to the Hideaway, but be sure to get on the restaurants own boat, otherwise there is a nominal fee of 5 USD/10 EC. The trip takes just a couple of minutes, and you step off onto the beach.
La Bas is a classic picture postcard Caribbean beach – surrounded by palm trees – where you can hire sunloungers or just sit on the white sand. There is a little beach bar, and you can hire kayaks and dinghies, or just swim and snorkel. It can get pretty busy in peak time, but if you prefer a quieter spot, then the Trou Roland cove is even closer to the White Turtle, and rarely has other visitors. If you are feeling energetic you can walk from La Bas up to the very top of the headland – ask one of the friendly staff at Doolittles to point you in the right direction. It’s quite a hike in the heat – but the views at the top are worth it.
Doolittles bar and restaurant is a Marigot Bay institution – a great place to hang out, and to try a few cocktails. There are pool tables if you fancy a game, as well as a dartboard and some very comfortable sofas to relax on. Right next to Doolittles can be found the office of Dive Fair Helen – a local scuba company, who have taken us out on some really special dives down by the Pitons. They also cater for snorkelers – and they serve a very good lunch on board their dive boat!