On our previous stop in St. Lucia earlier this year, we cruised past Marigot Bay and moored in the shadows of the Pitons. On this, our return trip, we motored on by the Pitons and cruised into Marigot Bay. We tied up in the most southeastern corner of the bay, directly in front of Capella Resort. As residents of the marina we had full access to all of the resort amenities, of which we took full advantage! We were fortunate enough to ring in the New Year here and were rewarded with a spectacular midnight fireworks display over the bay with front row viewing from the bow of the Pilot’s Discretion.
Marigot Bay is a noted hurricane hole that is lined with mangroves, beaches, and a plethora of restaurants, all dog friendly and with excellent cuisine. Many of the restaurants are only accessible via boat, either in your own dinghy or one of the many water taxis and ferries that service the bay. Not surprisingly, the boys particularly enjoyed the rope swing at the beach and kayaking around the calm waters in the bay.
Upon advice of cruising friends that have been in Marigot Bay before us, we sought out the hiking trail behind the Rain Forest Café (an actual café in a rain forest setting, not the chain restaurant). The hike was arduous, and very steep at times, but the views made it well worth the climb in the end.
Throughout our Caribbean voyage, we have seen countless sail boats and trawlers, but we have not seen many fellow Sea Rays. We were pleasantly surprised when we pulled into Marigot Bay to find several Sea Rays underway in the bay, including our port side neighbor in his 52′ Sea Ray Sundancer.
We also shared the bay with our other boat neighbor, the 231′ Mega Yacht Talisman reminding us that “there is always a bigger boat!”
Our plan is to continue exploring all that St. Lucia has to offer. Our next stop will take us further north to Rodney Bay and will be posting additional updates from there as time allows.