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 like being out in the fresh air? You may be happy to find out that the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a popular 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.
Travelers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Sint Maarten Marine Park. Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Review the following table to learn more.
|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 are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is. It is situated 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.
Visitors can also visit a few parks, or a botanical garden in and around Orient Bay.
If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting The Butterfly Farm, which is found within 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 attraction 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 provided in the table 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 thought of passing some time at the zoo 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.
A second related venue is St. Maarten Zoo. Just a few minutes drive from the cruise shop port, the St. Maarten Zoo is located just across the Salt Pond in Philipsburg on Arch Road.
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|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|
Bear in mind, Orient Bay includes other attraction types. To read a more complete discussion of other attractions, follow this link.
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