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. 


Dawn Beach

You will discover several beaches to choose from in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, for vacationers who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of each beach to get additional information concerning that specific beach.

A location that offers snorkeling is Dawn Beach. Located on the east coast of the island, Dawn Beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand bordering clear waters. Sharing the beach with the Westin St Maarten, the area is popular with tourists, though its length allows for some areas to be quieter than others.

Another top pick for snorkelers is Oyster Pond Beach. The sand here is tan and beautiful and the ocean floor is clear for several feet out into the turquoise waters. Umbrellas line the beach for use by patrons of the resort.

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 merely a few of what's available. Click here to visit our page about beaches for Oyster Pond.

Landmark Attractions

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins is a historical site close to 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 popular destination is The Old House. It is situated 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.

That's not all -- you'll find other choices as well. Use this link to see our article about other sites worth seeing near Oyster Pond.

Natural Attractions

The Butterfly Farm

Visitors who enjoy the natural environment frequently enjoy spending some time at 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 local attraction you might enjoy is The Butterfly Farm. 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 choices. For more information on natural attractions in and around Oyster Pond, use this link.


In the mood for some action? Travelers looking to test their luck on the slots have quite a few places to do so in and near the area.

Diamond Casino is located within Philipsburg, 2.7 mi. South West of central Oyster Pond. Slot machines are available in denominations from $0.50 to $5(USD). There are also table games including Black Jack, Baccarat, Caribbean Poker, and Roulette.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, consider heading to Golden Casino. Located at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Golden Casino is offered as a perk to guests, and a fun place to hang out for a night for local residents and tourists staying nearby.

Princess Casino provides a wide array of games for guests to enjoy, including Blackjack, Craps, Poker - Caribbean Stud, Poker - Texas Holdem, and Roulette. As one of St. Maarten's largest gaming centers, Princess Casino is always busy, vibrant, and exciting. Most people walk in the door and immediately feel like winners.

These examples are only a few of the available options. Click on this link to check out our page regarding gaming in and near Oyster Pond.


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