Landmarks in Orient Bay

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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

If you like to explore other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Orient Bay. Just click on each place's name for additional information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is The Old House. It is located in southwestern Orient Bay. There are several exhibits inside the Old House Museum that offer a broad range of information. Visitors will find exhibits showing the history of the region and the island, including the Columbus expeditions and early colonization, as well as an entire exhibit dedicated to the advertisement history of rum.

An alternative landmark could be Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum just outside Orient Bay. Exhibits include proprietor Nick's personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, and Superman.

Musée de Saint-Martin: Musee de Saint-Martin provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the history of St. Martin. Exhibits begin with a discussion of how life was on the island for the Arawak people, and moves towards how that all changed when Europeans discovered the island.

The chart below enables you to learn more details on the available museums in and around Orient Bay.

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 learning some of the historical roots of places you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Mount Vernon Plantation. It is located 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 just outside 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.

Take a look at the table below to learn more about sites of historical interest in and around the area.

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

Travelers may experience some other intriguing sites nearby.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Sint Maarten Carousel. It can be found at Carousel Gelateria Bar and located within Cole Bay, 5.8 mi. South West of central Orient Bay. You will be able to stop by the carousel any time between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks close to Orient Bay are listed here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Orient Bay
Name Type Location
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 4.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, 5.8 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay
The Salt Pickers Monument 4.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay

Luckily, you can find other types of attractions. To read more about other attractions, go to this page.

 

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