Sint Maarten Landmarks

Discover the important historical spots that tell the story of St. Maarten's past

Photo credit: © Werner Hoffman
 

As you explore St. Maarten, you'll begin to see that almost all of the landmarks on the Dutch side of the island speak to the history that brought the nation to the place it is today. If you want to learn more about the island as a whole, you need only cross the border and check out St. Martin's landmarks as well.

Museums

St. Maarten Museum

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Sint Maarten. Just click on each place's name to get additional information.

Many travelers choose to visit St. Maarten Museum. It is found within Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. When the St Maarten National Park Foundation and the St Maarten Museum foundation merged in 1993, the St Maarten National Heritage Foundation was created. This foundation created the St Maarten Museum, which aims to protect and promote the rich heritage of the island of St Maarten.

A second choice is Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum Exhibits include proprietor Nick's personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, and Superman.

The table below lists more details on a few available museums in Sint Maarten.

Museums In Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
St. Maarten Museum (599) 542-4917 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit (721) 542-4009 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot

Historical Sites

Fort Amsterdam

If you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is Fort Amsterdam. It is found within southern Sint Maarten. 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.

Another common landmark for vacationers is The Courthouse. It is found within Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Since it was originally constructed as the home of Commander John Philips (the founder of Philipsburg) in 1793, this historic building has been a great many things. A home, a jail, a fire station, and a post office.

Fort Willem I: Built in 1801 by the British it was eventually captured by the Dutch and named Fort Willem I in honor of the King of Holland. The fort would only have a short lifespan however, as it was abandoned by the Dutch in 1846.

Check the following table for more information about sites of historical interest in the area.

Historic Sites In Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
Belvedere Plantation -- 3.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Marigot
Fort Amsterdam -- 1.0 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg
Fort Willem I -- Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot
The Courthouse -- 0.1 mi. East of Central Philipsburg

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers may enjoy some other interesting attractions in this area.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Sint Maarten Carousel. It is situated at Carousel Gelateria Bar and located within Cole Bay, in central Sint Maarten. Sint Maarten sure is fun for the adults, but the children deserve something too! While exploring Cole Bay, surprise them with a trip to a carousel, where they will be able to ride the horses and carriages around, while parents can watch from the cocktail and espresso bar.

The chart just below provides some details concerning other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Sint Maarten
Name Type Location
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail Philipsburg, Southern part of Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Philipsburg

Luckily, Sint Maarten includes additional attraction types. Anyone needing to learn more about other attractions here.

If your explorations take you to the French side of the island, you won't want to miss out on a trip to Plantation Mont Vernon, the Old House, or Musée de Saint-Martin.

There's a lot to be said about this tiny island which harbors two very distinct histories and cultures. The fact that they can work together and remain peaceful makes it all the more exciting to visit each side's landmarks and learn the history of St. Maarten and her sister St. Martin.

 

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