Welcome to Marigot


Marigot was virtually leveled by Hurricane Luis in 1995, and hard-hit by subsequent hurricanes including Lenny in 1999 and Gonzalo in 2014, but a few historic buildings with wrought-iron balconies and belle epoque lampposts remain.

Although Marigot is generally safe during the day, it's a no-go zone after dark.


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Marigot activities

$44 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Tour from Philipsburg

When your cruise ship docks in Philipsburg port, meet your guide for your St Maarten shore excursion, and get ready to explore the highlights of this Caribbean treasure. You’ll experience both sides of this Dutch- and French-colonial island, which covers just 37 square miles (60 square km) in the Lesser Antilles, and stop at scenic spots along the way. First, head to the north end of the island, on the French side, to one of its most serene and remarkable beaches, Grand Case Beach, where you can stroll along the pure white shore. Swim or sunbathe, stretching out on the soft sand as you marvel at the turquoise water that sparkles in the tropical sunlight. Then, in the Caribbean’s gourmet capital, Grand Case, you’ll find a diverse selection of local cuisine. Try a traditional dish such as a scrumptious Johnny Cake – a fried cornmeal pancake – for lunch (own expense), or sample guavaberry rum punch (a tasty rum drink made from the island berries) or sip a soda or beer on the beach (one drink included). Then, head to Marigot, the charming capital of St-Martin, and take in the French atmosphere where shops line the colonial streets and an open-air bazaar surrounds the central square. Next, your guide will take you back to the Dutch side to Maho Beach, where you can watch planes approach at a close distance as they land at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. Your shore excursion ends with a drive past Simpson Bay on your return to the cruise port. If you wish, you may request to be dropped off in Philipsburg to explore on your own instead of being dropped off at the port. If you do so, however, the worry-free shore excursion policy no longer applies; see Additional Information for details. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Philipsburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$44 Tours & Sightseeing

St-Martin and St. Maarten: Dutch and French Sides Tour

No matter which sightseeing option you choose, you’ll experience a blend of St Martin's colonial past with its modern present as you visit both sides of the Caribbean island, settled by the Dutch and the French in the 1600s. As you tour the island with your guide, learn how the two sides joined forces against the Spanish, dividing the 37-square-mile (60-square-km) island almost equally between them into Dutch St Maarten and French St-Martin.After pickup from your Philipsburg hotel, venture first to Grand Case Beach, one of the most tranquil and beautiful of St Martin's coastline. Here, on the north end of the French side, walk along the crystal-white sand and admire the pristine, clear blue water that mirrors the sky. Sunbathe, swim or stroll at your leisure, basking in the tropical sun.The visit the village of Grand Case, where you can try guavaberry rum punch or simply enjoy a soda or beer. If you choose, dine on a local dish, such as chicken legs or Johnny Cake – a fried cornmeal pancake – for lunch (own expense).Next, head to the quaint village of Marigot. Delight in the European ambiance of the town, where colonial streets lined with shops and the open-air bazaar offer plenty of duty-free shopping opportunities if you’re interested.Then, visit Maho Beach and hold your breath as you watch airplanes fly close above as they approach the runway at nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. Your tour ends with a drive through Simpson Bay on your return to your hotel.

$50 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion: Beach, Sightseeing and Shopping

Whether coming from your hotel or cruise ship, the tour will begin with pickup at the Cruise Information Center. The first stop will be a brief stop at the French and Dutch border then onto Oyster Pond which overlooks the island of St Barths. Here you can take photos or simply take in the view!The next stop will be at Orient Beach where you'll be able to swim and have lunch (additional cost). After the beach, the tour will continue on to an open market in Marigot, the French Capital. You will have time to walk around the market, shop and get lunch or try some of the famous pastries and the local bakeries.From Marigot the tour will stop at the iconic Maho Beach where you will get to see low flying planes land at the airport. This is a sight not to be missed! From there we will take a drive through Simpson Bay marina and stop at Harold Jack Hill. This spot provides views of Simpson Bay marina the airport and Anguilla. This is a perfect photo opportunity!From Harold Jack Hill the tour will return to Philipsburg where all guests will be returned in time to meet their ship's sail time.Upon return to Philipsburg, transfer back to the ship will be provided free of charge, or you may choose to remain in Philipsburg to shop or sight-see at your own leisure. Walking back to the ship takes between 12 and 15 minutes, or a taxi may take you for approximately $3.

$45 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing with Shopping

Pass through Philipsburg and up to Divi Little Bay Hill where great views of Philipsburg can be seen. Your next stop will be overlooking Indigo Bay, Cole Bay and Simpson Bay. Then continue on to a 30-minute photo stop at Maho (Sunset) beach which ends where the runway of St. Maarten’s International Airport begins and where some of the largest commercial aircraft come in to land.Continue on to Marigot for some local shopping and while there you may visit the West Indies Shopping Mall, the Local Creole Restaurants and don't forget, those fabulous French pastries at Sarafina’s. Next on to Harbor View Point overlooking Orient Beach, then cross through the border line to head back to Philipsburg where the talk of the town is shopping for approximately one hour. Finally with a wonderful day on the Island behind you, head back to the ship with lots of memories, shopping, laughter and plans on the next trip back to the island.

$45 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Beaches and Shopping in Marigot

Your first stop of the day will be at a location overlooking Oyster Bay. Next you will get to meet Calvin the Sea Urchin Man and some of his watery friends. On to Orient Beach for 2 hours of sunshine, sand, and sea. Sit back and enjoy the sun and ocean breeze or take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. After Orient Beach, head to the town of Marigot for an hour of shopping. While in Marigot, do not forget to visit the different bars, restaurants, shops, local flea market and Sarafina's! for those fabulous French Pastries. Next up is the world famous Maho Beach. Stand on the beach as some of the largest commercial aircraft come in for a landing just feet away right over your head! Plus, hang on for a jet blast as they take off. With the excitement of Maho Beach behind you, your next stop will be Cole Bay Hill overlooking Simpson Beach and Indigo Bay, an opportunity for a beautiful photo. Then up to 'The Hill', where you will find great views of Phillipsburg. With a wonderful day on the island behind, you have a final choice, to be dropped off in Phillipsburg or continue on to the cruise dock for departure. And remember a complimentary drink will be offered to you on stops!

$57 Shore Excursions

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach

Enjoy this narrated historical island tour that takes you to both the French and the Dutch side of the island and includes free drinks! From the Philipsburg cruise port you will be taken to three amazing stops on the island. The first stop will be at the popular Orient Beach on the French side for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. At Orient Beach there are numerous water sports available for purchase. You can also relax on the white sand beach or swim in the crystal clear water. The second stop will be at Marigot, the capitol of the French side of the island, for another hour where shopping and great Island cuisine is available. Find amazing souvenirs or stop at a local restaurant for some lunch. After Marigot, the third and final stop will be at the very popular airport beach also known as Maho Beach which is on the Dutch side of the island. You will have another hour to watch planes make amazing landings and take offs right above you. After your time at Maho Beach is complete you will be taken back to the Philipsburg cruise port or to downtown Philipsburg for some additional shopping (optional).

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