Fort Amsterdam

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Fort Amsterdam is a fort located near Philipsburg, St. Maarten. It was built in 1631 by the Dutch, but quickly captured and occupied by Spanish forces until 1648. Today, Divi Resorts has ownership of the fort, which stands in ruins, but as an important historical landmark for the country.

What to Expect

Fort Amsterdam is an important birding site, hosting a 60 nest deep breeding colony of Brown Pelicans.

As far as historical significance is concerned, in 1987 Dutch archaeologists excavated the land and uncovered the skeleton of a Spanish officer as well as artifacts from Spanish, Dutch, and English occupation.

Today, guests can tour the ruins which includes a small intact storage unit, sever rusted out cannons, and a few walls.

Fort Amsterdam was originally built of earth and wood, but it was reinforced with 10 cannons.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Fort Amsterdam may choose to book their trip in Philipsburg, as visitors to this region of St. Martin will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. There is a sufficient bunch of hotels in the region nearby this facility.

Hotels near Fort Amsterdam
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club Resort 0.2 mi. (1.4 km) N
Belair Beach Hotel Resort 0.4 mi. (1.7 km) NW
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Resort 0.7 mi. (0.9 km) N
Sea Palace Resort Hotel 0.9 mi. (0.2 km) NE
Seaview Hotel & Casino Hotel 1.0 mi. (0.1 km) NE
Horizon View Beach Hotel Hotel 1.1 mi. (0.3 km) NE
Holland House Beach Hotel Hotel 1.1 mi. (0.4 km) NE

Location and What's Nearby

There are multitudes of dining options to pick from in the region immediately near this historical site. The closest place to eat is Seabreeze Restaurant, which offers eclectic fare. It's only around a quarter mile away from this landmark, so stop by and enjoy a meal. Toucan's Café and Boardwalk Cafe are some of the additional refreshment choices nearby where you could enjoy the local cuisine in St. Martin.


Contact Information

Location: Little Bay Road, Great Bay, Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten


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