Orient Bay Landmarks

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The main attraction in Orient Bay are the beaches, and when visitors are not set in the sands they are usually shopping or dining.  If you're looking for local culture and landmarks, you'll have to head just out of town to find it and them.

Museums

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Assuming you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum to obtain complete information.

One popular destination is The Old House. It is located in southwestern Orient Bay. While the Museum is closed on Monday and Saturday, it is open on the other five days of the week from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

A second choice is Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum near Orient Bay. An unexpected find on the island, this Star Wars replica and memorabilia museum not only exists, but it is one of the top three most popular museums in the whole of the Caribbean. Created by international artist Nick Maley, you can stop in and tour all of the important movie history that has touched him and his wife over the years.

Musée de Saint-Martin: The first showroom features an exhibit on the life of the Arawak Indians, and includes artifacts excavated from historic settlement areas. The most impressive of these artifacts is a molding of a Indian burial dated to 450 AD.

The table just below enables you to learn more information about some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Orient Bay
Name Phone Location
Cultural Center Grand Case -- Grand-Case, 2.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Orient Bay
Marigot Musee (059) 029-2284 Sandy Ground, 5.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Orient Bay
Musee Des Coquillages (059) 053-7531 Downtown Marigot, 4.4 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
Musée de Saint-Martin (059) 029-4836 Downtown Marigot, 4.3 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
St. Maarten Museum (599) 542-4917 4.8 mi. South of Central Orient Bay
The Old House (059) 087-3284 La Croisade, 0.6 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit (721) 542-4009 4.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay

Historical Sites

Fort Louis

Do you like discovering the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in Orient Bay.

Many travelers choose to visit Mount Vernon Plantation. It is situated in southwestern Orient Bay. In addition to being home to a variety of fruit trees and some sugar cane, Mount Vernon Plantation is also the home to some old mill buildings that are a rare feature on the island. These humble buildings once served as the backbone to the entire St. Martin economy for decades, producing the products that made this island so lucrative to the European colonial powers.

An alternative landmark could be Hope Estate Archeological Site. It's a historical site near Orient Bay. While at first glance this site may seem nothing more than another piece of land in Saint Martin's center, this area was actually the site of an Arawak Village built around 500 BC, and not abandoned until 450 AD. Archaeologist have been able to find artifacts here including pottery and ruins of the ancient village.

Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins: Visitors will be able to see and explore what is left of the Sucker Garden Salt Factory. While mainly in ruins, there is still plenty to see and even more to imagine.

Be sure to look at the table just below to read more about historic sites in and around Orient Bay.

Historic Sites In and Around Orient Bay
Name Phone Location
Belvedere Plantation -- 2.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay
Durat Bridge -- 4.1 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
Fort Louis -- Downtown Marigot, 4.4 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
Hope Estate Archeological Site -- 1.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Orient Bay
Mount Vernon Plantation (059) 029-5062 0.6 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay
Old Prison -- Downtown Marigot, 4.4 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
Spring Sugar Mill -- Downtown Marigot, 4.4 mi. West of Central Orient Bay
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins -- 3.3 mi. South of Central Orient Bay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests may explore some other intriguing sites worth visiting close to Orient Bay.

One popular destination is Sint Maarten Carousel. It is a part of Carousel Gelateria Bar and located within Cole Bay, 5.8 mi. South West of central Orient Bay. Sint Maarten sure is fun for the adults, but the children deserve something too! While exploring Cole Bay, surprise them with a trip to a carousel, where they will be able to ride the horses and carriages around, while parents can watch from the cocktail and espresso bar.

The table just below enables you to learn more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Orient Bay
Name Type Location Island
Dolphin Discovery Attraction 7.5 mi. Northwest of Central Orient Bay Anguilla
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 4.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, 5.8 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 4.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Luckily, Orient Bay has additional attractions. Those wanting to find more details concerning other attractions by clicking on this link.

 

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