A Parisian-Inspired City by the Sea
Marigot, the capital city of St. Martin exudes a decidedly French atmosphere that goes well beyond the Parisian architecture that lines the quiet streets. In fact, the entire town is reminiscent of a Mediterranean fishing village, with cafés, bistros, and patisseries around every corner, not to mention boutiques filled with the latest fashions from Paris. But since this is the Caribbean, you’ll also find an abundance of sandy beaches and tropical delights.
The most famous strips of sand on the island is Maho Beach. Wade in the bathtub-warm turquoise waters while 747s cruise overhead so close you’re likely to find yourself ducking when they come in for a landing. (Don’t worry, they’re actually not as close as they seem.) Get your own bird’s eye view by climbing to the top of Fort Louis. The largest historical monument on St. Martin, on a clear day you can see all the way to Anguilla from the top—not to mention the beautiful island below.
Otherwise known as Airport Beach, lie on the sand or swim in the bay and let a 747 jumbo jet fly over your head.
FORT ST. LOUIS
FORT ST. LOUIS
Built in 1767, the Dutch took control of this fortification during the French Revolution. Learn the history of this two-nation island, while the hilltop setting provides great views of Marigot Bay.
This stunningly beautiful white sand beach features a variety of water activities such as para-sailing and snorkeling as well as great cafes and bars. Swimwear is optional.
Marigot, Saint Martin At a glance