The coastal community of Orient Bay is better known for its free spirit than its natural sites, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to be seen here for those who have an inkling where to look. For example, a butterfly farm is less than a mile away from the city center, and less than 10 minutes by car and you'll find three different nature reserves at your disposal.
Do you enjoy being outside? You may be happy to learn the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a nature preserve located in Saint Martin, 2.8 mi. West of central Orient Bay. The park itself offers guests the ability to explore the natural wonder of Saint Martin's forest. The hiking trail is relatively short at two miles, though goes up steep inclines, through ruins, and twists and turns that lead to side trails that can make the hike a little longer. You will have the choice of hiking with or without a tour guide.
Those wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Sint Maarten Marine Park. Visitors looking to explore the natural ecosystems of Sint Maarten will definitely want to look around the Sint Maarten Marine Park. The park is a breeding ground for countless fish, the home to a growing coral reef, and a designated Important Bird Area where migratory birds often stop to rest during their long journeys.
You can look through this table for information concerning nature preserves.
|Loterie Farm Nature Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.8 mi. West of Central Orient Bay|
|Sint Maarten Marine Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.7 mi. South of Central Orient Bay|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.7 mi. South of Central Orient Bay|
Even though most people visiting the area come for the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is. It is found 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.
Vacationers can also experience a few parks, or a botanical garden in and around Orient Bay.
If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit The Butterfly Farm, which is found in southern Orient Bay. The most important part of your visit at the Butterfly Farm will be a guided tour, which shows the evolutionary cycle of the butterfly, how they live, and what they do. Tours last for 15 to 20 minutes are are available all day.
Another popular choice in this category is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. Although the Emilio Wilson Park is a traditional park where you can picnic, run, and play, the grounds have also been transformed into a living museum. Reconstructed versions of the slave quarters, an outhouse, a watch house, and a school stand on the grounds, waiting to be explored by history buffs.
The parks and gardens available are listed directly below.
|Park||The Valley, 9.3 mi. North of Central Orient Bay||Anguilla|
|Emilio Wilson Historic Park||Park||Saunders, 4.2 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Seaside Nature Park||Park||5.9 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|The Butterfly Farm||Botanical Garden||0.5 mi. South of Central Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Wathey Square||Park||4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
If the idea of spending part of a day surrounded by animals 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.
Another related option is St. Maarten Zoo. Monkeys are a favorite at the St. Maarten Zoo, but other exhibited animals include birds and a host of mammals. The reptile and bat houses are not only educational, but a welcome reprieve from the hot sun, and a petting zoo is beloved by children of all ages.
You can look through the following chart for more information about what's available.
|St. Maarten Zoo||Zoo||3.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay|
|The Butterfly Farm||Zoo||0.5 mi. South of Central Orient Bay|
|Plantation||Saunders, 4.2 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
If you are seeking more attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other possibilities. To reach our detailed guide to other attractions, go to this article.
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