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 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.

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

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 Dropsey Bay Cave. It is found 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

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.

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 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.

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

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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