We mostly enjoyed our 10-day stay at the beginning of April 2014 at Oasis Marigot in Marigot Bay on St Lucia. This review is on Marigot Bay in general. I also wrote a separate review of Oasis Marigot.
We recommend Marigot Bay for couples, small groups, or families that like things on the quieter side. There is not much to do, but it is relaxing, generally slow, and maybe even charming. It’s also a bit secluded, so if you like lots of siteseeing, be prepared to spend time and money coming and going. If you like nightlife, go elsewhere. As always, please read lots of reviews to get differing viewpoints; just because we liked it doesn’t mean you will. For some background information on us, see the bottom of this review.
First, lest you don’t read this whole review, a quick shout out to our new friend Denver at Shashamane water taxi. If you need a water taxi, find him. More on Denver below.
Marigot Bay is stunningly beautiful. Long, narrow, and deep, it’s appeal to the eye is unmistakable. Of course, that also means it is not necessarily a “natural paradise”. There are numerous houses on the bay (particularly the south side), and a large amount of boat traffic.
Marigot Bay is a fantastic natural harbor, and as such, is all about the boats. We landlubbers were in the minority, but that’s OK. It’s all about the water here. Boats rule: yachts, superyachts, small boats, dingys , ferrys, water taxis, and tour boats. During the day, it’s downright bustling. In fact, to get to our property, Oasis Marigot, one must take a boat. To get to several of the restaurants, one must take a boat. They are like taxis or rickshaws.
This is a popular stay for boaters touring the Caribbean, and there is a definite international flair. You will see boats, and meet people, from the world over.
Marigot Bay (like much of St Lucia) is also slightly challenging to reach by road. To get to other locations, it’s often faster (but perhaps not cheaper) to take a water taxi. But getting out and about by either water taxi or land taxi will be time-consuming and costly.
To be fair, this challenge of getting in and out makes it feel a bit secluded and isolated, and maybe even a bit “claustrophobic”.
But the seclusion leads to some of the charm. After our time there, we almost felt like a part of the community. We visited each of the five or so restaurants several times. We shopped in the one small grocery store regularly. We got to know—at least by sight and name--most of the vendors on the small beach and the ferry drivers.
As bustling as Marigot is during the day, it is sleepy at night. Don’t go to Marigot for the nightlife. Outside of a band at one of the restaurants here and there occasionally, it’s quiet. There are no beach bars, just the bars at restaurants.
There virtually no “shopping” here, outside of a few small shops.
The beach is tiny and a bit rocky, but serviceable. There is a small but strong community of vendors selling everything from jewery to carvings to beer to lunch to whatever-you-might-need-or-want. The impromptu beach parties can be fun and are safe and comfortable.
Finally, back to our new friend Denver, who owns/runs Shashamane water taxi. You will come across tons of folks who have water taxis and can take you around, but do yourself a favor and go down to the beach and find Denver. Literally, just go down to the beach and ask anybody for Denver. We did a day long tour with him to Anse Chastenet and Anse Pitons, with a stop in Souffriere for lunch. He’s witty, funny, and laid back. You will feel safe and welcome, and you will feel like you’ve made a friend for life.
Background on us: We are a married American couple in our early 50s. We’ve travelled to the Caribbean 20+ times and visited 10+ islands. Our favorite locations have been St Lucia, Nevis (where we were married), Grenada, and St John. Our least favorites were Grand Cayman and Provo. We like smaller properties and villas as opposed to large hotels. We enjoy quiet relaxation, beach time, and meeting the locals. This was our third visit to St. Lucia, having stayed previously at Rendezvous near Castries and Ti Kaye at Anse Cochon.