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Location

Marigot Bay is located mid-way along the NW coast of Saint Lucia. It lies approximately 3.4 miles to the SSW of Castries Harbour. It is a small inlet almost completely invisible from the sea until you are almost upon it.

James A Michener, the US Novelist, is famously quoted as describing it as "The Most Beautiful Bay in the Caribbean", it is also a historic landmark having played a roll in a number of battles between the French and Royal Navy. Legend has it that a British admiral hid his fleet from the French here by tucking themselves inside the bay and tying palm fronds to their masts to camoflage them.

It is famed as the setting for the 1967 film version of Hugh Lofting's classic Doctor Dolittle books, which starred Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley. The bay is used for the scenes involving the shipwreck, the fictional Great Pink Sea Snail and the construction of the harness for the Giant Lunar Moth.

Consequently, Marigot is the most visited bay on St. Lucia and popular with tourists, excursion boats and yachts alike.

When watching for the entrance, keep an eye open for the prominent house with the bright red roof on the cliff top at the southern entrance. The channel is lit with port and starboard markers (IALA B - American buoyage system – red right returning).

Position 13°58.1′N, 61°01.8′W (harbour entrance)

Security
There were 4 incidents of theft and attempted theft reported to CSSN in 2016, both inside and outside the lagoon in Marigot Bay, and yachts continue to be burgled into 2017 (see reports adjacent).

It is recommended you remove all unsecured items of value from the deck/cockpit before entering the bay, and keep a record of serial numbers/photos stored in a secure place for purposes of investigation and proof of ownership should a theft occur. Be sure to properly secure all hatches and doors when going ashore or asleep, hide all valuables, and secure your dingy and outboard at all times.

Clearance

See Noonsite/StLucia/Clearance for full details on clearing into and out of St. Lucia.

Marigot Harbour is an official port of entry for Saint Lucia.

The Customs and Immigration Office is located in the Marina Village. Remember you are now on Caribbean time, so don't expect officers to be punctual.

Last updated January 2016.

Customs
Tel:451 4257
Opening hours: 0800-1215, 1330-1545 weekdays

Docking

Marigot Harbour is a completely sheltered anchorage and one of the best hurricane holes in the region.

Anchoring
It is possible to anchor in the outer bay outside of the channel near the entrance to the bay. The outer anchorage can be busy with numerous tourist boats and hotel guests in sailing dinghies. It can also get very crowded with yachts anchoring, so a watch is recommended.

Marina & Mooring Buoys

The marina and resort located in Marigot's inner bay were taken over by Capella Hotels and Resorts in 2013. Hurricane season berthing is offered and the marina promotes itself as an exclusive superyacht facility.

Mooring buoys are provided by the marina in the inner bay. The nightly charge does include use of the hotel facilities, which are very nice, although prices are not cheap. Pay at the marina office once you are tied up.

It is likely a number of small boats will approach you as you enter offering to help with mooring. One of these may well be from the marina mooring field in the inner bay. Others may be touting unofficial mooring balls, so take care.

Last updated October 2017.

Capella Marina at Marigot Bay
Marigot Bay , Saint Lucia
Tel:+1 (758) 451 4275 Fax:+1 (758) 451 4276
The marina now has on-site Customs and Immigration.
Primarily a super yacht marina, although some berths are allocated to smaller yachts. Mooring buoys also available at a cost of approx. US$30 per night. These can take up to 3 yachts at a time and users derive all of the advantages of being a Marina customer including use of the Hotel facilities.
Fuel berth plus on berth fuelling, pump-out facility, small chandlery, 24 hr security, WiFi, shops, bakery, bank and supermarket plus a range of repair services. Clearance services. Max. draft 6m (20ft).

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 21, 2016 01:54 PM

13 December - from www.safetyandsecuritynet.com
CSSN has received a first-hand account from a cruiser anchored In Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.

It was a particularly windy day on Saturday, December 10, 2016. After a strong burst a cruiser looked topside to check if anyone was dragging, and noticed a boat in front that was, and its crew was obviously not onboard. He jumped in his dinghy and got the attention of another nearby cruiser and they were able to tie the dragging yacht to, and then haul it up close, on a nearby mooring. An hour later he noticed the owners had returned and were sorting out the slack anchor chain. He went over to explain what had occurred and in conversation learned that a local (who was nowhere to be seen while they were securing the boat) had come by demanding money for “saving” the boat. The owner gave him what he described as “a lot of money.” Someone was quick to monetize another’s misfortune while providing no assistance.

CSSN NOTE: There have been 4 incidents of theft and attempted theft reported to CSSN so far this year, both inside and outside the lagoon in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. The most recent in November. When reported to local authorities the police indicated to the victims that the “problem in Marigot happens a lot” and offer no indication of any plan to change things. It seems some there are in fact keeping a close watch, but likely not with cruiser interests in mind.

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