Throughout my weeklong trip to Saint Martin, I stayed at a wonderful AirBnB in the town of Marigot. This one-bedroom, waterfront apartment was the perfect place accommodation for me and my travel companion. In fact, it was so lovely I have decided to start referring to it as the “Best Caribbean AirBnB.” Read on for all the details, or if you first want more information on Saint Martin, click here!
The Location: Marigot
The lovely town of Marigot is located on the French side, only a few kilometers away from the Dutch-French Border of Saint Martin. This is the quieter side of the island. It is entrenched in French culture and is less focused on appealing to tourists than the Dutch side. Marigot is quite the interesting town. There is the classy side to it. High-end restaurants, brand-new apartment complexes, and luxury stores line Marigot Bay and it’s marina. Across the road, however, towards the interior of the island, you see a more local Caribbean flavor.
There are colorful houses and local markets everywhere. Residents spend the day lounging in plastic chairs on the sidewalks socializing. What’s unfortunate is that there is still evidence of Hurricane Irma that devastated the island in 2017 in Marigot. Most of the touristy areas we visited have been repaired since. However, I could see damage in the buildings, streets and sidewalks on this side of Marigot.
The immediate surrounding area, which is near the Simpson Bay Lagoon, was perfectly safe. The apartment complex is gated with private parking, and right outside was a bank, pharmacy, cafe, and a grocery store. Basically, we had everything we could possibly need within walking distance plus a beautiful view! The best part is that the next-door pharmacy offered rapid COVID tests, which we needed to get home. We were pleased to find out they cost $30 USD less than anywhere else we looked!
Overall, it was a great place to stay on the island of Saint Martin. You can easily drive into Simpson Bay for dinner within ten minutes and the airport is eight minutes away. There are also several beaches within a fifteen or twenty minute drive. Though make sure you take traffic into account before planning to drive anywhere!
The Apartment Complex
The entire “Best Caribbean AirBnB” apartment complex, upon driving through the gate, appears to be either brand new or recently renovated. The outside has quite a “beachy, Caribbean” feel and is quite welcoming. There is plenty of parking, albeit the spaces are a bit tight. We didn’t have any major issues fitting our rented sedan into them. However, I would imagine a larger SUV or a truck would. The lagoon I mentioned previously is directly behind the apartments and is observable from the parking lot.
The Best Caribbean AirBnB
The “Best Caribbean AirBnB” is a one-bedroom apartment, yet has plenty of space to spread out, especially if it’s only two people! Upon entry, you are greeted by a large open concept living-room (with a pull-out couch!) and small, but functional, kitchen. Everything is modern-looking and beautifully decorated.
The best part of the common area is the grand, outside balcony, with a full dining table, overlooking the lagoon. I would have spent every second out there if it wasn’t so humid! We left the curtains open anytime we were in the apartment so we could look out towards the water. The sunsets in the evening were incredible and I loved waking up to that view. In fact, my favorite part of each day was having a cup of coffee while looking out to the water from the kitchen.
The bedroom is comfortable and neat, with a second, smaller balcony overlooking the parking lot. The bathroom is pretty standard, nothing much to note about that.
We fully enjoyed our week-long stay at the “Best Caribbean AirBnB.” Should I return to Saint Martin, I would certainly stay here again. As long as you rent a car, this is a great place to rest your head at night. Follow this link for information on transportation around the island. To book a stay at the “Best Caribbean AirBnB” for yourself, check out the listing right here & definitely share your trip pictures with me via social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) @travelswithkayy.