Fort Willem I

Built in 1801 by the British it was eventually captured by the Dutch and named Fort Willem I in honor of the King of Holland. The fort would only have a short lifespan however, as it was abandoned by the Dutch in 1846.

What to Expect

Placards throughout the property provide tourists with information about the history of the fort in several different languages, and a large building at the foot of the fort houses the "sous prefecture."

A hike to the top of the fort offers views of Marigot, Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Anguilla, Baie Nettle, and the Terres Basses.

Staying Close

Little Bay is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Willem I, since guests staying in this area of St. Martin will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. Although the region isn't jam-packed with visitors, you will still have a substantial number of accommodations to choose from.

Hotels near Fort Willem I
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Resort 0.3 mi. (0.9 km) ESE
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club Resort 0.5 mi. (1.4 km) S
Sea Palace Resort Hotel 0.6 mi. (0.2 km) E
Seaview Hotel & Casino Hotel 0.8 mi. (0.1 km) E
Horizon View Beach Hotel Hotel 1.0 mi. (0.3 km) E
Ernest Hotel Hotel -- --
Midtown Motel Motel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

There are a couple of close-by outdoor activities to pursue during the times when you and your party aren't viewing Fort Willem I. Travelers interested in testing their talents around the green, will be able to do so at the closest golfing option, which is Mullet Bay Golf Course. If you don't take a whole lot of pride in your golf game, you might want to head over to Great Bay, which is the closest coastline to visit. Though you won't find an extensive selection nearby, one or two other similar outdoor possibilities can be reached from Fort Willem I. Historic site guests will discover additional indoor places to visit in this general area. Not far away are two more places close-by you may find worth a visit--Fort Amsterdam and Groot Bai Lighthouse.


Operating Hours

There are no official operating hours for Fort Willem I, but it is recommended that you visit during daylight hours.


There is no charge to visit the fort.

Contact Information

Location: Camel Road, Little Bay, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten


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