The culture of Marigot St. Martin is the product of a diverse past of settlers and workers. The island was originally inhabited by the Arawak people, a tribe that lived on several different Caribbean islands. They were overtaken later however, by the Carib people. But it was not until Spain's Christopher Columbus discovered the island, that Europeans influenced and created the culture that is most widely felt today.

The Spaniards juggled with the Dutch for control of the island for a long period. During these struggles, slaves were brought in from West Africa to work on the plantations and in later years West Indians arrived for work as well, diversifying the population all the more. When the Spaniards left the island in the early 1600s, the French stepped in and from that point on, shared the island with the Dutch, claiming one side of the island as their own.

Marigot is on the French side and therefore, the official language is French. French cuisine and culture are heavily felt amongst the diversity of other races' influences, notably West Indian. It is the opinion of many that the French side is more refined and luxurious; the French attention to detail felt in the design of the buildings and resorts. The smell of French cuisine is also a major draw to this "side" of the island.

The beauty of the island provokes a relaxed attitude and as hospitality and tourism are major draws to St. Martin, the people welcome foreigners with a gracious attitude.