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Marigot The Capital of French St. Martin


The Capital of French St. Martin is Marigot. The pronunciation is generally Ma-Ree-Goh although many people from other islands will say Ma-Ree-Got. This is because there is a town in Dominica of the same spelling which pronounces the T. We like to say it the French way.

Spending a day in Marigot is like spending a day in France except that St. Martin’s beaches are light years better. While Philipsburg is the place to shop for jewelry, Marigot is the place to shop for nearly everything else. Clothing, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Souvenirs, Costume Jewelry. Shop all day and relax at any one of Marigot’s sidewalk restaurants. Yes. Just like in Paris. Don’t worry. They all speak English but they are unmistakably French. That’s what’s so incredibly cool.

When in Marigot you must go to the Marina. Not to moor your boat of course, unless you sailed here, but to eat. The Marina is surrounded by some of the best restaurants in St. Martin which is already the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean. The chefs are from France, trained in France and cook in the French styles with a Caribbean flavor.

Another absolute MUST is the Open-Air Marketplace on the water. This is THE place to get all your costume jewelry and t-shirts and souvenirs and gifts for home. Oh. And also to eat. Well this is St. Martin after all and the Marketplace is also surrounded by restaurants. Just a hint. The best days to go to the Marketplace are Saturdays and Wednesdays. Those are the days when all the booths will be open. The restaurants are open every day.

For all you timeshare owners that have kitchens, this is a great place to buy fresh fish and produce. A better deal than in the supermarkets. I have lived here for 26 years and we used to go to the Open-Air Marketplace every Saturday to do our produce shopping for the week. There are also booths that sell all the exotic spices you will ever need, many of which you may never have heard of. Oh, the aromas. When I travel to the U.S., one of the things I have to bring back are spices you may have a hard time finding up there and vanilla beans. Also know that the prices will be less than in the U.S. so have fun.

Cruise shippers never get to do any of this great stuff. They get off the ship, take a trip by taxi or bus around St. Maarten, St. Martin or take part in a single activity or go to see a single beach (we have 37).

They have to forget the ship, put aside the “all you can eat” thing and come down here for a full week. Even that’s not enough time to see this little, 37 sq. mi. island of ours.

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FlyAC92 said...

Hi, could you please tell me a bit about the wrecked ship in Marigot harbour? How long has it been there, where it is from? I can't believe I didn't ask a local about it! I was just there last month.
Thank you

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