Get to know Marigot Bay
Hurricane Hole and Celebrity Haunt
About four miles south of Castries on Saint Lucia’s scenic west coast, there's a narrow inlet sheltered by forested hills that slope sharply into the clear emerald Caribbean. The novelist James Michener considered this extraordinary natural harbour the most beautiful anchorage in the Caribbean for very good reason, and many visiting yachtsmen agree.
Marigot Bay is steeped in history, having been the site of battles between French and British navy ships as far back as the 18th century, when its almost hidden location made it a strategically important naval asset. Close to the Saint Lucian National Marine Reserve, the inland portion of the bay forms a "hurricane hole" used to shelter boats from the strong winds and high seas of impending storms.
Made famous as the floating "Sea-Star Island" in the 1967 Rex Harrison movie, Doctor Dolittle, Marigot Bay was the setting for the wreck of the good ship Flounder and the giant pink sea snail's arrival from the sea. In 2013, pieces of the snail shell - long believed to have been washed out to sea - were discovered in the mangroves of the bay and sold to the owner of Marigot Beach Club. They now hang on the wall at Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar.
But Rex Harrison is not the only Dr. Dolittle to visit Marigot Bay; Eddie Murphy cruised in on a mega-yacht a few years ago, joining the long A-list of stars who have enjoyed the beautiful bay, like Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich and Denzil Washington.
Above: Sunset on Marigot Bay Below: The famous Pink Sea Snail emerges!