Natural Attractions in Orient Bay

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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. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Do you like spending time outdoors? You might be happy to learn the area has several nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a nature preserve located in Saint Martin, 2.8 mi. West of central Orient Bay. 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 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 the table just below to learn more about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Orient Bay
Name Type Location
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
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.7 mi. South of Central Orient Bay

Caves

Although most visitors to the area are drawn by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Dropsey Bay Cave. It is situated 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Visitors can also visit several parks, or a botanical garden in and around Orient Bay.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting The Butterfly Farm, which is situated in southern Orient Bay. If you are mystified by the tender and swift nature of the butterfly, then the Butterfly Farm is for you. Here, you can tour a tropical rainforest setting and interact with this creatures as they fly freely and often land right on the shoulders, hair, or hands of guests.

A second attraction in this category is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. 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.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are shown down below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Orient Bay
Name Type Location Island
Coronation Park 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

Zoos and Aquariums

The Butterfly Farm

If the idea of passing some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting 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 similar attraction 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.

Be sure to look at this table if you want more information.

Zoos In and Around Orient Bay
Name Type Location
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

Plantations

Plantations Near Orient Bay
Name Type Location Island
Mary's Fancy Plantation Plantation Saunders, 4.2 mi. South West of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Keep in mind that Orient Bay offers additional attractions. You can obtain more information about other attractions here.

 

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