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 travelers to this part of St. Martin will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. Even though the region isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you'll still find a reasonably good selection of lodging options 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 Beach Hotel 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

If you work up an appetite while viewing the historic site, don't worry -- you can find a broad selection of food offerings in the general vicinity. The most convenient place to eat is Bay View Restaurant, which has a menu full of eclectic dishes. The restaurant is a slight distance off, but out of the way enough that you will want to aim for taking advantage of a particular mode of transportation to transport your party. Molasses Restaurant and The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria are a couple other restaurant choices nearby. At The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria you and your companions might eat some Italian meals and experience the flavors of St. Martin.


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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