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 hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to learn the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a nature preserve found 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.

Adventurers looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities 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.

Take some time to look through this table for more information about your options.

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 people visiting the area are attracted by the region's beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Dropsey Bay Cave. It is located 8.5 mi. North of central Orient Bay.

Parks

Guests can also experience a few parks nearby.

Emilio Wilson Historic Park is located in Saunders, 4.2 mi. South West of central Orient Bay. 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.

Another attraction in this category is Wathey Square. Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.

The parks worth considering are displayed directly below.

Parks Near 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
Wathey Square Park 4.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Zoos and Aquariums

St. Maarten Zoo

If the concept of passing some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, you should visit 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.

Zoos Near Orient Bay
Name Type Location Island/th>
St. Maarten Zoo Zoo 3.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Orient Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Fortunately, Orient Bay offers other attractions. To learn about more other attractions for Orient Bay, go to this page.

 

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