By Alexander Britell
MARIGOT — No matter where you are in the Caribbean (outside of Cuba of course), it’s rarely easy to find great Cuban cigars.
That includes most of the region’s top cruise destinations, where, even if you can find a stick that appears to be Cuban, it’s often a fake.
Thankfully, there’s an oasis in the heart of St Martin.
This is La Casa del Habano in Marigot, St Martin, the relaunched cigar hotspot that is the best place to buy cigars on either side of the island — Dutch or French.
The selection is outstanding, with everything from the more popular Montecristo and Cohiba to harder-to find La Casa del Habano editions from brands like Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch.
The shop itself is beautifully designed, with two rooms: one a wood-lined humidor space, the other a full-fledged cigar lounge with comfortable leather chairs and rum for sampling (and for purchase).
That design extends to a beautiful mural on the wall outside the store, and a quirky array of photos of celebrities partaking in Habanos.
This is what a great cigar lounge is all about: warm, knowledgable service, a diverse, authentic selection and, most importantly — a place to enjoy your purchase.
If you’re here on a cruise, it’s worth the journey to Marigot — and if you’re staying on the island, well, it’s the place for the perfect leisurely afternoon.
This is the best cigar shop in St Martin — and one of the best in the Caribbean — period.