Top 6 Experiences to Have When Sailboat Chartering in Marigot
Appeared around 1969, the village of Marigot owes its name to the existence of many swamps. Thanks to the production of sugar cane, Marigot went through a fast development during the 18th century and became the capital of the French part. The governors successfully installed their headquarters there. In 1990, they authorized the construction of the road along the seafront, which makes your sailboat charter in Marigot today much convenient. Today, the seafront has been laid out as a pretty promenade that starts from the Fort Louis Marina and goes to the cemetery. Different neighborhoods make up Marigot: Accreditation, Hameau Du Pont, Galisbay, Concordia, Sandy Ground, St. James, Bellevue.
- Shopping in Marigot
Strolling the streets of the center of Marigot, visitors will have the pleasure of discovering old Creole huts. They are restored respecting the pure Saint-Martin tradition and often house luxury shops. Because Saint-Martin is the Caribbean capital of elegance, luxury, high-tech equipment, and all are tax-free! Here the visitor will freely encounter the world of luxury. These luxury shops are alongside small stalls, often held by Indians, Chinese, and Saint-Martinois.
- The street of the republic
This street is one of the main arteries of Marigot. Its traditional home facades date back to the 19th century and have, for the most part, preserved the architectural authenticity of that time. The houses are built of limestones, while the floor is made of wood, constructed like a traditional hut.
- The catholic church of Marigot
Built on the road to Fort Louis, the church was built in 1941. Before that date, people of the Catholic Christian religion were a minority and faced with the dominance of the Anglo-Saxon presence, and they had no place of worship. In 1941, Father Wall took office in St. Martin and began the construction of the church of Marigot. He also built the church of Grand Case around the same time and using the same techniques, using stone and lime. In 1971, extensions, including the presbytery, were added to the church of Marigot. Just recently, and as part of a school building, the small chapel adjoining the presbytery has been entirely renovated by young people from Saint-Martin following the manufacturing techniques of the mid-twentieth century. This is a must-do stopover when you charter a sailboat in Marigot.
- The Marigot market
In the Marigot market, local fruit and vegetable sellers, spices, local meat and fish caught daily, are sheltered under a slew of open Creole huts built along the waterfront. The Marigot market has hundreds of stands of local crafts, scattered in a small arena. There, creators, artists or dealers, exhibit their products every day of the week, except Sunday. This is also where visitors can discover the full range of "Rums Arrangés," a subtle blend of rum with fruits and spices, and Schrub (orange peel macerated in rum). There is something for every taste. If you are looking for some local atmospheres and spicy scents, the Marigot market is the place to be!
- La Sucrerie Spring
Located south-west of Marigot, the Sweet Spring gets its name from a nearby spring. And it will be one of the most unforgettable spots during your sailboat charter in Marigot. Sugar production was started in this factory in 1772 by traders from Guadeloupe. For a century, it produces a large amount of sugar and rum. What's left of the factory are a large cylindrical limestone fireplace and the bison mill where the roles used to grind the cane.
- The Fort Louis
Overlooking the bay of Marigot, facing Anguilla, the Fort Louis was built in 1789 by the villagers of Marigot. Its primary purpose was to defend the warehouses of the port of Marigot. It is also where the crops were stored (salt, coffee, cane sugar, rum). Then, Fort Louis was abandoned and fell into ruins. During the 19th century, it was also the seat of battles between French and English.
Since 1993, restoration and enhancement work has been undertaken. To access Fort Louis, you have to climb the steps that are on the parking lot of the sub-prefecture.
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