|Marigot is the largest town and capital of the French side of Saint Martin, an island in the Caribbean.
Taxis from Juliana International Airport are plentiful, and cost approximately $/€ 20. Buses are cheaper but may require a transfer. It's also possible to walk the 5km from the airport.
If renting a car at the airport, take the Causeway Bridge and go left at the circle on the Rue de Hollande.
Marigot is small and can easily be navigated on foot. Parking is essentially non-existent, so even if you have a car for other destinations on Saint-Martin, it's in your best interest to explore on foot.
The Fort Louis, built in the 1790s, is on a tall hill north of the city. It won't take more than half an hour, but the views are nice and there are a few placards (in French and English) telling of the fort's history.
Marigot has all the shops you would expect of any French city. Opening hours, if posted at all, are approximate and most shops are closed on Sundays. Plan accordingly.
The West Indies Mall, on the north side of downtown, has a variety of shops but doesn't seem to be a particularly happening place.
If you want a taste of French cuisine while on the French side, make sure to check out Le Mini Club, an upscale restaurant which serves traditional and top quality French foods. Bask in the flavor of a lobster tail with a lemonade beverage containing exotic fruit such as guava and pomegranate. You can also enjoy a grilled to perfection cut of steak with a raspberry sorbet too. Le Mini Club also features an indoor scenery with a bar as well as an outdoor scenery with a view of the tropical bay of Marigot.
On the road to Terres-Basses is a small family-run restaurant "Le Sous-Marin," which has home-made dishes for €10.
Downtown Marigot has a variety of restaurants, from budget to fancy, to suit most tastes.
Saint Martin has 37 beaches! The first beach north of Marigot is Friar's Bay Beach (over the hill, then turn left); Happy Bay Beach (which tolerates nudity) is accessible through a short path from the north side of Friar's Bay. The closest beach on the Rue de Sandy Ground is Nettle Bay, but go a bit further to a sharp turn in the road to find the Baie Rouge Beach, with a rock arch that makes a fantastic photo backdrop.
Anguilla, a British possession just a few miles across the water, can be reached by ferries leaving from downtown Marigot roughly half-hourly.