Natural Attractions in Marigot

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Extending from the west coast of the island to central hills, Marigot is a trendy area of the island where one might overlook the need to get out and explore more than just the beaches to really appreciate what Mother Nature has created here.  From nearby caves to a nature park which focuses on the bounty of the sea, there is plenty to keep visitor entertained when they are pending time outdoors.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? You might be happy to learn the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a popular nature preserve located within Saint Martin, 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of central Marigot. This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.

Adventurers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Sint Maarten Marine Park. Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Take a moment to read the chart below for information on more nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Marigot
Name Type Location
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Marigot
Sint Maarten Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.4 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.4 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.4 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot

Caves

Even though most visitors have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Dropsey Bay Cave. It is situated 10.8 mi. North-Northeast of central Marigot.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Vacationers may also enjoy either of two parks, or a botanical garden nearby.

Emilio Wilson Historic Park is found in Saunders, 2.3 mi. Southeast of central Marigot. Emilio Wilson Park sits on the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation kept in operation by slave labor. In 1954, Emilio Wilson, the grandson of a former slave, bought the property and opened it to the public as a park in memory of the slaves who made St. Martin what it was.

Another popular choice in this category is Seaside Nature Park. At Seaside Nature Park, guests will be able to hike down trails, swim in at the beach, or even ride horses along the miles of trails and even through the water. Although horseback riding is the main theme of this nature park, hiking, kayaking, camping, and kids birthday parties are options activities as well.

The parks and gardens available can be seen below.

Parks and Gardens Near Marigot
Name Type Location
Emilio Wilson Historic Park Park Saunders, 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
Seaside Nature Park Park 3.4 mi. South of Central Marigot
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden Orient Bay, 4.2 mi. East of Central Marigot

Zoos and Aquariums

The Butterfly Farm

If the concept of spending part of a day at the zoo tickles your fancy, you should visit The Butterfly Farm. Explore the beautiful colors of the Saint Martin butterflies and plants at this unique and magical attraction. You will find the enclosed area full of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies of all sizes.

Zoos Near Marigot
Name Type Location Island/th>
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 4.2 mi. East of Central Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Plantations

Plantations Near Marigot
Name Type Location Island
Mary's Fancy Plantation Plantation Saunders, 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Marigot are summarized down below.

Land Formations In Marigot
Name Type Location
Baie de Marigot Bay 0.5 mi. West of Downtown Marigot
Marigot Bay Bay 0.6 mi. West of Downtown Marigot

Bear in mind, Marigot has other attractions. To get more information about other attractions, use this link.

 

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