Get to know Marigot Bay

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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!

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