Marigot, Saint Martin

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Marigot
Marigot
Marigot
Marigot is located in Saint-Martin
Marigot
Marigot
Coordinates: 18°04′23″N 63°04′56″W / 18.0731°N 63.0822°W / 18.0731; -63.0822Coordinates: 18°04′23″N 63°04′56″W / 18.0731°N 63.0822°W / 18.0731; -63.0822
Country France
Overseas collectivity Saint Martin
Population (2006)
 • Total 5,700
Marigot

Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.

The capital city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside smart cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find on the Continent. A shopping center newly built at the foot of Fort St. Louis, with luxurious boutiques such as Chanel, Lacoste. At the southern end of town down by the harbor is the Marina Port la Royale, elegant stores with the latest in European designer fashions and fine jewelry, all free of tax. The entire city is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around.

Originally a fishing village on a swamp for which it was named, Marigot was made capital during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay. Today, that building is the most important.

Marigot is typical of Caribbean towns, with gingerbread houses and sidewalk bistros. Market days are every Wednesday and Saturday morning, where one can find everything from coconuts, avocados, sweet potatoes and plenty of other tropical fruits and vegetables, all kinds of spices and fresh fish, to fine batik wraps, local arts, crafts and paintings. In 1998, Speed 2 shot the finale seen where the Sea Bourn Legend hits the island. [1]

Population[edit]

As of 2006, it has 5,700 inhabitants.

Geography[edit]

Marigot is located on the west coast of the island of St. Martin. It extends from the coast to the west, along the Bay of Marigot and the hills of the interior of the island to the east. On the south-west it is bounded by the Simpson Bay.

Climate[edit]

This area typically has a pronounced dry season. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Marigot has a tropical savanna climate, abbreviated "Aw" on climate maps.[2]

Climate data for Marigot
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(83)
28
(83)
28
(83)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(87)
29
(85)
28
(83)
29.6
(85.5)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(78)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(78)
24
(76)
25.7
(77.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 74
(2.9)
48
(1.9)
43
(1.7)
79
(3.1)
99
(3.9)
71
(2.8)
84
(3.3)
114
(4.5)
117
(4.6)
99
(3.9)
117
(4.6)
91
(3.6)
1,036
(40.8)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Transport[edit]

The city is served by Princess Juliana International Airport as well as L'Espérance Airport. There is a ferry to Blowing Point, Anguilla.

History and features[edit]

Originally a fishing village on a swamp for which it was named, Marigot was made capital during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay. Today, that building is the most important in Marigot.

Marigot is typical of Caribbean towns, with gingerbread houses and sidewalk bistros. Market days are every Wednesday and Saturday morning, where one can find everything from coconuts, avocados, sweet potatoes and plenty of other tropical fruits and vegetables, all kinds of spices and fresh fish, to fine batik wraps, local arts, crafts and paintings. In 1998, Speed 2 shot the finale seen where the sea bourn Legend hits the island.

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