Caribbean Snapshots: Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

The Caribbean's most beautiful bay is also a great place to play


Ringed by green hills that provide shelter from wind and waves, St. Lucia’s Marigot Bay is what mariners call a hurricane hole. But you shouldn’t wait for bad weather to visit this scenic harbor, which author James Michener once called “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean.” Quieter than the big hotel scene in the northern resort area of Rodney Bay, and less isolated than the cloistered resorts in the Pitons region, Marigot Bay strikes an idea balance between natural beauty and appreciated amenities.

Those on the Fortune 500 list can join the lineup of gleaming mega yachts that winter here. But Marigot is also within reach for the rest of us, as tucked amid the palm-lined shores of the harbor are accommodations ranging from quaint B&Bs and budget-friendly three-star properties to exclusive villas and a five-star resort. Dining and entertaining options also run the gamut from dress-up-fancy to come-barefoot.

Marigot is also the launching point for a wide range of water sports. A short boat ride away are the reefs of the St. Lucia National Marine Reserve, and a 45-minute drive brigs you to inland attractions such as rainforest hikes and the famous “drive in volcano” at Sulphur Springs Park.