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.


St. Maarten Museum

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Sint Maarten. You can click on the museum names for complete information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. Maarten Museum. It is located 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.

An alternative landmark could be Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's 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.

The following chart provides more details on some 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

Do you like learning about the historical roots of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit The Courthouse. It is found within 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: 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.

View the chart below to learn more about historical 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

Visitors will enjoy some other intriguing landmarks in Sint Maarten.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Sint Maarten Carousel. It is a part of Carousel Gelateria Bar and located in Cole Bay, in central Sint Maarten. You will be able to stop by the carousel any time between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The following chart provides more information about other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

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

Bear in mind that you'll be able to find a nice selection of attraction types available too. Those interested can get more information about other attractions by visiting this page.

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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