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

Consider staying in Philipsburg if you plan on visiting Fort Amsterdam, since travelers to this part of St. Martin will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their time there. There is a sufficient collection of lodgings in the area near this landmark.

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

Folks coming to Fort Amsterdam will have access to a few options for island pastimes like working on their golf game and heading to the beach without having to look very hard. Travelers who are interested in trying out their proficiency at the course, will want to do so at the most convenient golfing opportunity, which is Mullet Bay Golf Course. If golf doesn't tickle your fancy, additional outdoor opportunities can still be found at Indigo Bay Beach, which is the closest beach to Fort Amsterdam. On top of that, you will likely come across some extra golf and beach options in the neighborhood. Historic site guests will discover a variety of interesting places out of the sun in this general vicinity. There are two other places nearby you may want to visit -Fort Willem I and Wathey Square- both of which are located rather close to the historic site.


Contact Information

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


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