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.


Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

In case you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. You can click on the museum names to learn more information.

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is a museum An unexpected find on the island, this Star Wars replica and memorabilia museum not only exists, but it is one of the top three most popular museums in the whole of the Caribbean. Created by international artist Nick Maley, you can stop in and tour all of the important movie history that has touched him and his wife over the years.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit St. Maarten Museum. It is located in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Visitors who would like to learn about the natural and geological history of St. Maarten can do so at the St. Maarten Museum. Exhibits include artifacts from before European settlement, and detail how the landscape of the country has changed over the centuries.

St. Maarten Heritage Museum: Filled with relics, paintings, and other collections, Sint Maarten Heritage Museum attempts to tell the story of Sint Maarten from its pre-colonial days to the present. Anyone interested in history or the island that they are visiting will want to stop the museum.

The following table summarizes some details regarding a few museums in Sint Maarten.

Museums In Sint Maarten
Name Phone Location
St. Maarten Heritage Museum (721) 542-4314 0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg
St. Maarten Museum (721) 542-4297 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 like to experience the history of a foreign country, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your vacation.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Fort Amsterdam. It is located in southern Sint Maarten. 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is The Courthouse. It is situated in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Tourists can walk by the front of the Courthouse to take in the historic structure's architecture whenever they please, though nighttime viewing is not recommended.

Fort Willem I: Placards throughout the property provide tourists with information about the history of the fort in several different languages, and a large building at the foot of the fort houses the "sous prefecture."

Glance through the table below to see historic sites in Sint Maarten.

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

Guests may discover some other worthwhile sites in Sint Maarten.

Many travelers choose to visit Sint Maarten Carousel. It can be found at Carousel Gelateria Bar and located in 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 following chart has some key facts regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

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
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.0 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Philipsburg

If you want to learn about a wider range of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you can expand your planning horizon. Read this page which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to discover more facts.

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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