Natural Attractions in Simpson Bay

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Many of the attractions that pique the interests of travelers in Simpson Bay center on water.  In addition to the bay for which the town is named for, there are two other breathtaking bays and a seaside nature park in town.  These are in addition to some of the other larger, more structured attractions in the surrounding area including a zoo and butterfly garden, all of which are great ways to spend some time outside when you've had your share of beach time. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a popular nature preserve situated in Saint Martin, 3.6 mi. Northeast of central Simpson Bay. This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Sint Maarten Marine Park. Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Be sure to look through the chart below for more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Location
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Simpson Bay
Sint Maarten Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Travelers can experience several parks, or a botanical garden nearby.

Seaside Nature Park is located 1.9 mi. Southeast of central Simpson Bay. Visitors looking to explore the natural side of Sint Maarten will be pleased with the Seaside Nature Park; which takes an already beautiful natural coastline and combines it with miles of trails that twist in and out of the forest. Nature lovers will be able to explore the area and experience some amazing sights.

A second popular choice in this category is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. Emilio Wilson Park sits on the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation kept in operation by slave labor. In 1954, Emilio Wilson, the grandson of a former slave, bought the property and opened it to the public as a park in memory of the slaves who made St. Martin what it was.

The parks and gardens available are displayed in the following chart.

Parks and Gardens Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Location
Emilio Wilson Historic Park Park Saunders, 2.3 mi. East of Central Simpson Bay
Seaside Nature Park Park 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 5.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Simpson Bay
Wathey Square Park 3.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay

Zoos and Aquariums

St. Maarten Zoo

If the concept of spending part of a day at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit St. Maarten Zoo. 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.

A second related venue is The Butterfly Farm. Explore the beautiful colors of the Saint Martin butterflies and plants at this unique and magical attraction. You will find the enclosed area full of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies of all sizes.

You can look through the table just below for more information.

Zoos Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Location
St. Maarten Zoo Zoo 3.3 mi. East of Central Simpson Bay
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 5.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Simpson Bay

Plantations

Plantations Near Simpson Bay
Name Type Location Island
Mary's Fancy Plantation Plantation Saunders, 2.3 mi. East of Central Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Simpson Bay are provided down below.

Land Formations In Simpson Bay
Name Type Location
Lay Bay Bay Pelican Key, 1.0 mi. South of Central Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay Bay Central Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay Lagoon Lagoon Cole Bay, 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay

Needless to say, Simpson Bay has additional attractions. Click here to find our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Simpson Bay.

 

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