St. Maarten Zoo

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In December of 1991, the St. Maarten Zoo opened its doors to the public, and today it is the largest zoo and playground in the Caribbean. Families love to explore the hundreds of animals that live on property, including birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Monkeys are a favorite at the St. Maarten Zoo, but other exhibited animals include birds and a host of mammals. The reptile and bat houses are not only educational, but a welcome reprieve from the hot sun, and a petting zoo is beloved by children of all ages.

Also on property is the Captain Hodges Playground, which is shaped like a pirate ship and is a fun spot for kids to get their energy out.


St. Maarten Zoo is found within the northern part of Philipsburg, a town near Marigot;

Just a few minutes drive from the cruise shop port, the St. Maarten Zoo is located just across the Salt Pond in Philipsburg on Arch Road.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of dining options to choose from in the area immediately near St. Maarten Zoo. Vermeer Cafe & Restaurant is a wonderful restaurant to eat at before spending time at St. Maarten Zoo, and with its close proximity, is especially valuable to guests at this attraction. It's only around a few hundred yards from this zoo, so stop in and try something off the menu. Abc Restaurant and Anand's Philipsburg are some of the additional refreshment choices nearby. At Anand's Philipsburg you and your group should sample Indian food and experience the flavors of St. Martin.

Nearby Attractions

There are at least one or two other attractions nearby, including Philipsburg Theatres, which is within driving distance in Philipsburg. Furthermore, you can consider checking out Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, which is another nearby attraction.

Zoos are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in St. Martin. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near St. Maarten Zoo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Philipsburg Theatres Other Activities/Excursions -- -- Philipsburg
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum -- -- Philipsburg
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins Historic Site -- -- 1.4 mi. Northeast of Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Other Attraction 0.9 mi. (0.4 km) S Philipsburg
The Courthouse Historic Site 1.0 mi. (0.2 km) S Philipsburg
Mary's Fancy Plantation Other Activities/Excursions 1.0 mi. (2.5 km) W Saunders
Wathey Square Other Attraction 1.0 mi. (0.2 km) S Philipsburg
Emilio Wilson Historic Park -- 1.1 mi. (2.7 km) W Saunders

More Information


The St. Maarten Zoo is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The cost of admission into the zoo is $10(USD) for adults and $5(USD) for children between the ages of three and 11. Anyone younger than three is granted free access.

Location: Arch Road, Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten


(721) 543-2030



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