Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of Saint Martin.

It is very French in spirit, colonial houses stand beside smart cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find in Europe.

At the southern end of town by the harbour is Marina Port la Royale. This area includes elegant stores with the latest in European designer fashions and fine jewellery, much of it duty and tax free.

The town is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around.

Marigot became the capital of the French side of the island during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay.

For us Marigot marks the end of our seven day sojourn aboard SeaDream 1 sailing through the Caribbean. We have enjoyed the experience immensely and will be writing up our experiences for several different magazines.