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 visitors to this region of St. Martin will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. While the area isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you'll nevertheless find a sizable number of hotel options to pick 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

Fort Willem I guests will be able to enjoy a modest selection of island activities like golfing and taking to the coast without having to look very hard. Historic site visitors also interested in golfing will surely enjoy heading over to nearby Mullet Bay Golf Course. If you aren't a golfer, there's no need to fret - go over to Great Bay, the most convenient beach to visit. On top of that, your party might discover a couple other outdoor choices in the surrounding area. Guests will encounter a fair number of interesting places out of the sun within a reasonable distance. There are a pair of additional places of interest nearby -Fort Amsterdam and Groot Bai Lighthouse- both of which are situated within a couple miles of the historic site.


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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