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 spend time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to find out that the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a nature preserve located in Saint Martin, 3.6 mi. Northeast of central Simpson Bay. The park itself offers guests the ability to explore the natural wonder of Saint Martin's forest. The hiking trail is relatively short at two miles, though goes up steep inclines, through ruins, and twists and turns that lead to side trails that can make the hike a little longer. You will have the choice of hiking with or without a tour guide.

Those hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities 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.

Check this table if you want 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

Guests can visit a few parks, or a botanical garden nearby.

Seaside Nature Park is situated 1.9 mi. Southeast of central Simpson Bay. At Seaside Nature Park, guests will be able to hike down trails, swim in at the beach, or even ride horses along the miles of trails and even through the water. Although horseback riding is the main theme of this nature park, hiking, kayaking, camping, and kids birthday parties are options activities as well.

A second attraction in this category is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. Although the Emilio Wilson Park is a traditional park where you can picnic, run, and play, the grounds have also been transformed into a living museum. Reconstructed versions of the slave quarters, an outhouse, a watch house, and a school stand on the grounds, waiting to be explored by history buffs.

The parks and gardens available are shown in the table below.

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 with interesting animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting St. Maarten Zoo. 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.

Another similar attraction is The Butterfly Farm. The farm offers guests the sight of hundreds of butterflies, caterpillars, and cocoons; offering visitors great opportunities for group photos and a good place for the children to have some fun. Guided tours educate guests about the evolutionary cycle of the butterfly, from an egg to the caterpillar, and finally the butterfly.

Be sure to look through the chart below for more information about what's available.

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

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Simpson Bay are provided in the following table.

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

Bear in mind that Simpson Bay is home to other attraction types. For more about other attractions, visit this page.

 

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