Located on the west coast of the island, the capital of the French side offers an unusual combination of European sophistication and Creole local charm, with a touch of very international flair: Little streets lined with fine shops, all duty free, with international brand names to more local craft markets; a wide selection of food with numerous cafes and restaurants.
This town has a southern European flavor, especially its beautiful harbor front, with shopping stalls, open-air cafés, and fresh-food vendors. It's well worth a few hours to explore if you're a shopper, a gourmand, or just a Francophile.
Marina Port Royale is the shopping complex at the port, but Rue de la République and Rue de la Liberté, which border the bay, are also filled with duty-free shops, boutiques, and bistros. The West Indies Mall
offers a deluxe shopping experience. There's less bustle here than in Philipsburg, and the open-air cafés are tempting places to sit and people-watch.
Marigot doesn't die at night, so you might wish to stay here into the evening -- particularly on Wednesday, when the market
opens its art, crafts, and souvenir stalls, and on Thursday, when the shops of Marina Port Royale
remain open until 10 and shoppers enjoy live music.
Overlooking the town is Le Fort Louis
, from which you get a breathtaking, panoramic view of Marigot and the surrounding area. Every Wednesday and Saturday at the foot of Le Fort Louis, there's an open-air food market where fresh fish, produce, fruits, and spices are sold and crowds sample the goods.
Parking can be a real challenge during the business day and even at night during the high season.
From the harbor front you can catch the ferry for Anguilla or St. Barths.Marigot’s Historical Treasures!