Landmarks in Sint Maarten

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

If you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Sint Maarten. Just click on each place's name to obtain complete information.

One popular destination is St. Maarten Museum. It is found in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. One of the exhibits celebrates national heroes with a wall that features twenty-five heroes. The museum is also always open to hear suggestions of who you think should be on the wall.

An alternative landmark could be 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 chart just below lists a few details regarding 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

Like learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites while on vacation in Sint Maarten.

A common landmark for vacationers 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.

Take some time to look through the following table for more information on sites of historical interest 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 may explore some other worthwhile landmarks in Sint Maarten.

A common landmark for vacationers is 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 chart directly below enables you to learn some key facts regarding other kinds of attractions 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

If you are seeking a wider range of attractions beyond the category on this page, you can expand your planning horizon. For more in-depth coverage of other attractions, follow this link.

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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