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 guests staying in this area of St. Martin will have easy access to this historic attraction for the duration of their trip. There are a notable amount of hotels in the neighborhood near this attraction.

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 Beach Hotel 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

Of course, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area is eating a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Fort Amsterdam. The nearest place to eat is Seabreeze Restaurant, which offers eclectic dishes. The restaurant is a short distance away, but removed enough that you might want to make arrangements for employing some means of transport to transport your party. Also within reach, you will encounter restaurants including Toucan's Café and Boardwalk Cafe so with any luck, at least one of these nearby options will delight the whole entire gang.


Contact Information

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


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