Oyster Pond Attractions

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Located right on the border between the French and Dutch halves of the island, Oyster Pond is ideally located for sightseeing.  There aren't many attractions to visit directly in town, but it doesn't take but a few minutes drive to find some of the most important landmarks for tourists to see. 

Beaches

Dawn Beach

You'll find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that individual beach.

If you are hoping to snorkel, a beach worth considering is Dawn Beach. The beach features powdery white sand, where guests can lay out and admire the beautiful panoramic views of the Caribbean, where you can see silhouettes of cays and the Oyster Bay Resort in the distance. Incredible turquoise waters converge with the dry sand, inviting admirers to enter and swim.

Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Oyster Pond Beach. The strip of sand that is the only real beach on this bay is blockaded by the Oyster Bay Beach resort and public access is limited.

Baie Lucas Beach: The sand here is soft and white, the ocean floor is shallow for a ways out into the ocean, but has coral and rock formations under the waves, good for snorkeling but somewhat inconvenient for swimming and wading. The clearest ocean floor is on the south side of the beach, where the sand thins out.

These examples are only a few of what you can find. If interested, you can find more details by clicking here.

Landmark Attractions

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins is a historical site within reach of Oyster Pond. Built around the 1850's, Sucker Garden Salt Factory was at the time an experiment in increasing the efficiency of salt collection. The factory had a near century long lifespan, and was abandoned in 1948.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is The Old House. It is located in La Croisade, 1.8 mi. North of central Oyster Pond. There are several exhibits inside the Old House Museum that offer a broad range of information. Visitors will find exhibits showing the history of the region and the island, including the Columbus expeditions and early colonization, as well as an entire exhibit dedicated to the advertisement history of rum.

Mount Vernon Plantation: In addition to being home to a variety of fruit trees and some sugar cane, Mount Vernon Plantation is also the home to some old mill buildings that are a rare feature on the island. These humble buildings once served as the backbone to the entire St. Martin economy for decades, producing the products that made this island so lucrative to the European colonial powers.

This area offers a full range of sites to visit. Read this page concerning other sites worth visiting nearby if you need some more details.

Natural Attractions

The Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm is one of the outdoor attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. 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.

The Butterfly Farm is a second place worth considering. 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.

These are only some of the available options. If you'd like to find more details concerning natural attractions in and near the area, can learn more here.

Casinos

In the mood for some action? Guests interested in trying their luck have plenty of alternatives in and near the area.

Diamond Casino is located in Philipsburg, 2.7 mi. South West of central Oyster Pond. At 4,000 square feet, Diamond Casino is is one of the smaller casinos in St. Maarten.

If you like slot machines, you should check out Princess Casino. One of the most elegant casinos in St. Maarten, Princess Casino features a neoclassical design complete with frescoes, arches, columns, and domes, and expected clientele to show up dressed just as formally.

Tropicana Casino: Tropicana Casino is known specifically for its Vegas style gaming and late night hourly Bingo Games starting at 8:30pm that have people winning prizes like TV's, tablet computers, and even $14,000. They also offer unlimited free drinks and cold plates for gamers.

Luckily, you can find other choices. Follow this link to read our discussion of gaming in and near Oyster Pond.

 

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