Marigot Bay, Also Known As Hurricane Bay
Marigot Bay is also known as Hurricane Bay because of its shape which serves as a natural protection for boats in a hurricane. It is home to one of two marinas in St. Lucia, allowing you to both charter a vessel to see the island by boat and to look at beautiful docked and anchored boats and yachts year-round. Beautiful privately-owned villas and two high-end resorts sit on the lush green ridges covered in Caribbean plants, trees, and flowers that overlook both sides of the bay.
Marigot Bay, a yachtsman’s haven, is centrally located on the western (Caribbean Sea) side of St. Lucia, approximately 20 minutes south of the capital of Castries, 50 minutes south of the Rodney Bay and Gros Islet areas, 60 minutes north of Soufriere, 70 minutes north of Vieux Fort (where the international airport is located), and 90 minutes north of the start of the hiking trail up to Gros Piton.
Activities and Transportation
Marigot Bay has both an inner and outer bay separated by a palm-lined bay beach on which you can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, swing into the water from a rope hanging on a coconut palm tree or just sunbathe and relax. Not as busy or touristy as the Rodney Bay area to the north, Marigot Bay offers the sought-after combination of peace, quiet, and natural beauty while also being home to approximately 9 restaurants and bars (some with live and dance music), as well as a small food market, gelato shop, bank, police station, barber, taxi stand, excursion provider, water sports rental shop, high-end women’s clothing store, gift shop, and street craft vendors. Two water taxis take you back and forth from one side of the bay to the other – one provided at no cost by the restaurant and bar Doolittle’s, and the other for a very nominal fee.
Some Helpful Links to Local Restaurants –
Chateau Mygo House of Seafood – http://www.chateaumygo.com/food-wine/chateau-mygo-restaurant
Hurricane Hole – https://www.marigotbayresort.com/dining/hurricane-hole
Roots Beach Bar – https://roots-beach-bar.business.site/
The Most Beautiful Bay in the Caribbean
Called the “most beautiful bay in the Caribbean” by author James Michener, Marigot Bay was the location for the 1967 movie “Doctor Doolittle,” after which movie the famous Marigot Bay restaurant and bar Doolittle’s is named. Marigot Bay is also a favorite excursion destination for cruise ship travelers who take catamarans and other boats from the port in Castries to view the beautiful bay.