St. Maarten Zoo

Photo Credit: © Patrick Hawks CC BY

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 close to 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

You won't face any difficulties finding a meal before or after your visit to the zoo, since you're going to find an impressive array of dining options in the general vicinity. Vermeer Cafe & Restaurant is an ideal eatery to dine at before checking out St. Maarten Zoo, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Vermeer Cafe & Restaurant is maybe around a few hundred yards away from St. Maarten Zoo, so check it out and peruse the menu. Abc Restaurant and Anand's Philipsburg are some of the other food and drink options near St. Maarten Zoo. At Anand's Philipsburg you and your companions should try a bite of Indian cuisine and enjoy the St. Martin scene.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find a couple other attractions nearby, including Philipsburg Theatres, which is within driving range in Philipsburg. You might also want to consider making the trip to Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, which is another attraction nearby.

Zoos are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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