St Lucia – Marigot Bay

Living in Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Life has a way of making 360 degree turns when we least expect. Four (4) years ago while working on assignment in the North of St Lucia, I paid a visit to Marigot Bay one Sunday afternoon for a little R&R. At the time, the hotel was practically close and there wasn’t much going on. However, the location was absolutely beautiful, and I did take a few photographs but I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the area.

Marigot Bay

@ Discovery Bay Hotel in 2011

Well, fast forward to 2014, and a new assignment landed me back in Marigot Bay for 3 months. Even though the assignment didn’t turn out to be all that and a bag of chips and free time was practically non-existent, I did manage to explore the Marigot Bay area.

Marigot, St Lucia

Marigot, St Lucia

Marigot Bay is located in the south of St Lucia. The Bay itself is considered to be the safest in the Caribbean, as its unique shape gives shelter all year round to several yachts. On arriving at the Bay the first time, what captures you most is the beauty and the tranquility of the place.

 

Marigot, St Lucia

Marigot, St Lucia

Location 

Most persons, or maybe tourist consider Marigot  to be the actual bay itself which is set at the end of a winding road through a village, but in reality the whole area is called Marigot. Once you are off the main road and pass through the village you will descend a very steep hill which leads you to the Marina and the actual bay. Marigot Bay can actually be accessed via local transport but that may include some walking, not the kind of walking you want to do everyday or the kind of walking you would do after sunlight hours. You can also access Marigot Bay by water taxis from different locations in St Lucia, and of course driving, which is the best option in my option.

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

What to Expect

Marigot Bay is home to many mega yachts all year around and as such most of the activity there surrounds that. There are a few restaurants on the bay and even though they are okay and have their own unique character, they didn’t keep me wanting more. Most of the time it was just to satisfy the need to get away or a quick meal. The views however make up for the lack of choice and the exorbitant prices.

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay was featured in the movie Dr DoLittle with Eddie Murphy some years back and today some of the traffic it see is as a result of that movie. It is also a stop off on the all day excursion sold to the one day cruise tourist and as a result some days there are lots of tourist and guides milling around.

Marigot Bay Ferry

Ferry in Marigot Bay

Ferry to Marigot Bay

The Bay is divided into 2 sides and the only way to get to the other side is by taking a ferry, the journey is no more than a 2 minute ride, but its fun to take a ferry to go have a drink. The ferries are actually free as they are provided by either the restaurant or the hotel on that side.

Night Life

The few bars and restaurants can keep you entertained for a night or two on the Bay, but if you are actually staying on the Bay, it becomes very monotonous. Outside of those, there really isn’t much going on in the Bay.

Sunset at Marigot Bay

Sunset at Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Coconut Man @ Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Best of Marigot Bay 

What I enjoyed most about my time spent there? The views, I am a sucker for great views and waking up on the Marina every day was brilliant. The tranquility was another bonus, Marigot is the kind of place you stay when you want to hear yourself think and need a bit of slow down and clarity.

Worst of Marigot Bay

Tranquility comes at a cost, with such little going on and the location you need readily access to private transport. Being in the South also means a night out St Lucian style is about 1 hour away in one direction. Also, the topography of Marigot makes its extremely difficult to explore unless you are the fittest person in the world and as a solo female traveller, the surrounding areas aren’t safe after hours.

All that being said, if you are planning a trip to St Lucia, do include it on the itinerary. It’s great for a day stop or a night out on the Bay, but if you are trying to run away from the real world, a few days there may be just what the doctor ordered.

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

 

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