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Marigot Bay is a region on the west coast of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.

Marigot Bay is surrounded on three sides by steep hillsides. The north side of the bay is accessible only by boat, though car parking spaces are available on the south side of the bay. A ferry service is available at low cost.

Marigot Bay was used as a location in the giant pink sea snail scene in the 1967 Rex Harrison movie, Doctor Dolittle. In 2013, pieces of the snail shell - long believed to have been washed out to sea - were discovered in the mangroves of Marigot Bay and sold to the owner of Marigot Beach Club and Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar. Part of the shell is now hanging on the wall at Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar [1].

On the south side of the bay, close to the ferry jetty, there is a small supermarket and ATM. There are several accommodation providers on the bay, and several restaurants and bars.

Understand[edit]

St Lucia is a mountainous island, and thus the roads are curvy and steep. Be aware that vehicles must be driven on the left side of the road. The north side of Marigot Bay can only be accessed by boat, though an inexpensive ferry service is available. Parking is available on the south side of the bay.

Get in[edit]

Fly into

Saint Lucia has two airports,

  • George FL Charles Airport (SLU), which is near Castries.
  • Hewanorra International (UVF), which is near Vieux Fort.

- George FL Charles Airport is closer to many of the all-inclusive resorts, has a modest terminal and runway able to easily support inter-island commercial flights. Larger commercial aircraft can not land here.

- Hewanorra is larger, but can be an 1 hour by Taxi from most of the major resorts in the north. It is where most of the larger airline companies from the US and Europe land. The journey north is a good way to see the island except if you arrive at night. When driving to Marigot Bay, take the east coast road unless you have a reason to go on the west coast road. The west coast road seems shorter, but the time is much quicker on the east coast road.

Get around[edit]

  • Taxis are available to and from most locations.
  • Water taxis will take you to most places you want to visit also.
  • If you are really brave you can use the taxi/bus stations along the road.
  • Best bet is to rent a JEEP or vehicle with plenty of ground clearance. You will understand once you traverse the roads.
  • Renting is at rates similar to those found in the United States or Canada. Driving is on the left-hand side and drivers require a permit ($12 US for one day, $21 US for 3 months).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fantastic views of the bay from the mountainside.
  • The boats in the marina. There are usually a few yachts of famous people around.
  • The wildlife in the bay. The little black birds with the red breasts are lesser Antillean bullfinches - these birds will feed from your hand if you're patient and still [2]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Black Diamond falls has a garden and waterfall. This is where a scene in "Superman" was filmed.
  • The drive-through volcano is a great sight. There is a sulfur mud bath that is good for the skin. View the hot bubbling sulfur mud pits.
  • Experience the best view in Saint Lucia from the Ladera hotel. Stop in for a drink or grab a bite at the restaurant.
  • The Mineral Springs - just south of Soufriere - these hot springs are one of the main attractions on the island. There is a pool that the hot water runs through, so make sure to take your swimming trunks and go for a dip!
  • Take a sail boat ride down to the Pitons. Snorkel along the way. [4]
  • Find a private beach by asking the locals for a good beach to go to. Be prepared to walk down a winding road.
  • Stop on the side of the road and take pictures of the fantastic view.
  • Snorkeling in the shallow waters of Marigot Bay - there is a dive shop where you can hire equipment, at Marigot Beach Club.
  • Visit the Pigeon Island National Park and Fort Rodney [5]
  • Visit the Our Planet Centre in Castries [6]


Buy[edit][add listing]

Get your groceries before you get to Marigot Bay. Try the Super J's in Castries next to the market. Alternatively there is a small supermarket on the south side of Marigot Bay, by the ferry jetty.

There are some small gift shops in the bay, as well as some local craftworkers' stalls on the beach on the north of the bay.


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Chateau Mygo House of Seafood, [7].  edit
  • Hurricane Hole, [8].  edit
  • Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar, [9]. Has free water taxi to beach and bar if you at least buy a drink. Regular evening entertainment. Excellent food, al fresco dining overlooking the shallow waters of Marigot Bay - in the later hours of the evening, look out for rays gliding through the water, and bats swooping down to catch fish. Legendary rum punch, friendly owner who sits in the bar chatting to customers most evenings.  edit
  • Rainforest Hideaway, [10]. Excellent food. A little pricey. Try the Rainforest Punch, it is a great drink. Free water taxi.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar, [11]. Happy hour every night from 5pm to 7pm - half price drinks and cocktails.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Chateau Mygo Villas, [12].  edit
  • Discovery Resort, [13].  edit
  • Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort/Marigot Beach Club Spa and Wellness Retreat, [14]. 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Very good room rates (from US$63 per room per night) - there are usually special offers and packages available. St Lucia's newest and most affordable health retreat, with a variety of treatments available at good rates.  edit

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