St Martin

Named after St Martin of Tours by Christopher Columbus, Sint Maarten/St Martin is administered by Holland/France. Marigot is in St Martin on the French side (No border
controls – don’t worry). It is as good a visit as there is if you are in transit at the airport – there are no left luggage lockers at Princess Juliana airport – and you decide to hire a taxi for the duration of your stay.

Marigot is the largest town on the French side. There is a large outdoor market selling souvenirs and clothing. The Le West Indies mall is a small indoor shopping centre selling
high-end cosmetics and designer label clothing. Fort Louis is a 10-minute uphill walk from the mall and affords wonderful views over the town and the marina. On my way back to the airport, my taxi driver took me to Phillipsburg on the Dutch side so I could see the cruise ship terminal and the salt pan which has been destroyed by building the city rubbish dump too close to this sensitive natural feature. Marigot is a far more interesting place.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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