Half-French, half-Dutch, Saint-Martin reveals its cosmopolitan face. In 1648, the colonists each peacefully allocated a section of the Antilles island to the other. The cohabitation of an array of populations over the centuries lends the island a unique character. Culture and a change of scene are at the heart of a trip to Saint-Martin.
Marigot, the Creole way of life
Capital of the French part of Saint Martin, Marigot is a beautiful ambassador. The meeting of French and Caribbean culture can be seen in every building, and in the colonial-style charm of the city center.
RULE THE CARIBBEAN PORT
To admire Marigot from a birds-eye view, head to Fort Louis. This 1789 building was used to monitor the port and cargo. From up here, the view across the waterfront and of the nearby island of Anguilla are breathtaking. Abandoned on several occasions, the fort still has some cannons from the era of Louis XVI.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ISLAND CULTURE
Marigot is rich in historical and natural heritage. The History Museum follows in the footsteps of the Arawaks, the indigenous tribes who settled on the island thousands of years ago. A shell museum displays a collection of about 200 rare and local species: a surprising and entertaining visit. Finally, rum drinkers will enjoy a stop at the museum dedicated to this authentically Caribbean spirit.