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 want to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You might be happy to find out that the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a great 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 looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities 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.

Be sure to look through the following table to find out 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 have heard about the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Dropsey Bay Cave. It is found 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Travelers can also visit several parks, as well as a botanical garden in and around Orient Bay.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting The Butterfly Farm, which is situated 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 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 displayed here:

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 thought 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. In December of 1991, the St. Maarten Zoo opened its doors to the public, and today it is the largest zoo and playground in the Caribbean. Families love to explore the hundreds of animals that live on property, including birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Check out the following chart for more information about what's available.

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

Fortunately, you will find a nice selection of kinds attractions available. For more details about other attractions, visit this page.

 

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