Marigot, Saint Martin

Marigot is the main town and capital in the French Collectivity of Saint Martin.

Marigot
Marigot
Marigot
Coordinates: 18.0731°N 63.0822°W / 18.0731; -63.0822
CountryFrance
Overseas collectivitySaint Martin
Population
 (2006)
  Total5,700
Marigot Lighthouse
Saint Martin
LocationMarigot
Collectivity of Saint Martin
Coordinates18°04′15.8″N 63°05′11.5″W
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical frustum tower with light
Markings / patternwhite tower
Tower height10 metres (33 ft)
Focal height20 metres (66 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Rangewhite: 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
red: 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)
green: 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)
CharacteristicFl WRG 4s.
Admiralty numberJ5658
NGA number14732
ARLHS numberSTM-001[1][2]

Geography

Marigot is located on the west coast of the island of St. Martin. It extends from the coast to the west, along the Bay of Marigot and the hills of the interior of the island to the east. On the south-west it is bounded by the Simpson Bay.

Climate

Marigot has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw), with very warm to hot and humid weather throughout the year.[3] Rainfall – which is reduced by the rain shadow of the mountains to the east – is not as extreme as in most climates of this type, with the peak occurring from August to November due to hurricanes.

Climate data for Marigot
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(83)
28
(83)
28
(83)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(87)
29
(85)
28
(83)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(78)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(78)
24
(76)
26
(78)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 74
(2.9)
48
(1.9)
43
(1.7)
79
(3.1)
99
(3.9)
71
(2.8)
84
(3.3)
110
(4.5)
120
(4.6)
99
(3.9)
120
(4.6)
91
(3.6)
1,038
(40.8)
Source: Weatherbase[4]

Transport

The city is served by Princess Juliana International Airport as well as L'Espérance Airport. There is a ferry to Blowing Point, Anguilla.

History and features

Originally a fishing village on a swamp for which it was named, Marigot was made capital during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay. Today, that building is the most important in Marigot.

Marigot is typical of Caribbean towns, with gingerbread houses and sidewalk bistros. Market days are every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The crew of the 1997 motion picture Speed 2 shot the finale scene here where the Seabourn Legend hits the island.

The St. Martin of Tours' Church on rue du Fort Louis was built in 1941.[5]

See also

References

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