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St Lucia Destination Guide: Marigot Bay

by Karen Rollins Feb 27, 2023

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Aerial view of the Marigot Bay on St. Lucia island

Marigot Bay, located just south of Castries along St Lucia’s western coast, is what most people envision when they hear the word ‘Caribbean’.

Swaying palm trees, anchored boats, turquoise water and white sandy beaches are synonymous with island living and the reason why this luxury location was featured in the 1967 Hollywood film ‘Dr Doolittle’, as the ideal image of a tropical paradise.

Approach the bay on land or via water taxi, but whichever way you choose to arrive make sure you spend all day soaking up the unique ambiance of this natural harbour, known as the ‘hurricane hole’, because of its steep hillsides which provide protection from bad weather.

High-end restaurants and resorts, shopping, entertainment, and various beach activities will keep you occupied, or you could just relax on a boat and pretend that you’re one of the lucky few who get to call Marigot Bay their home.

Make sure you also take in some of the local way of life by climbing to the top of the hill at Marigot Village which also provides spectacular views.

If you’re feeling adventurous you can also hike up the forested hillside on the south side of the bay for a different vista, or kayak through the mangroves for a unique perspective.

Once you’ve visited Marigot Bay you’ll understand why legendary American author James A. Michener described it as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean”.

Sources: StLucia.org, U.S. News TravelCaribya and Lonely Planet.