Marigot Bay on St. Lucia’s west coast is a stunning natural harbor and among the Caribbean’s most outstanding anchorages. If you’re not arriving by boat, you’ll find the sheltered cove down a steep, signed road about four miles south of the capital city of Castries.
Boats passing St. Lucia in open water may miss the narrow opening that leads to Marigot Bay, which is why pirates and other bad chaps once considered this inlet an ideal hideout. Several guesthouses, resorts, and restaurants are scattered among the trees on both sides of the bay, and water taxis provide transportation from one side to the other. Yachters join tourists and locals along the shores of the bay to enjoy good food, drinks, and entertainment in the casually elegant setting.
If you’re looking for a quiet retreat, consider staying at Oasis Marigot, a 12-villa vacation club tucked into the trees on a hillside overlooking the bay. Just across the cove, Capella Marigot Bay Resort has 124 rooms and suites and is popular with families and energetic vacationers looking for more than relaxation. The lavish resort has several restaurants and bars, two infinity pools, and a full-scale marina that attracts yachts from around the world.
With only a half-dozen restaurants along the bay, you’ll have relatively few eating options, but all are good to excellent. Top choices include Doolittle’s at Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort on the north side of the bay. The restaurant is open all day for all meals and specializes in gourmet pizza, steaks, and seafood. Across the bay, Chateau Mygo House of Seafood is open all day and the adjacent Hurricane Hole Bar runs a happy hour every day from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
When you’re ready to explore more of the island, look for Romanus Alexander (aka Denver) at Shashamané Experience. This water taxi and tour company will customize a trip for you to towns and beaches along the west coast and include activities such as snorkeling, a picnic on the beach, and fishing.