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

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum for more information.

A landmark worth visiting is St. Maarten Museum. It is located within 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.

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 chart below provides a few details concerning some the museums available in the area.

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

In case you like to immerse yourself in the history of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions while vacationing in Sint Maarten.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Amsterdam. It is located in 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 popular destination is The Courthouse. It is located in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Today the Courthouse stands only as a historic building viewable from the street. Many people find it to be great landmark to start and end her tour of Philipsburg with.

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."

You can look through the following table to see 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

Vacationers can explore some other intriguing sites to visit in this area.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Sint Maarten Carousel. It can be found at Carousel Gelateria Bar and located within 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 table below shows some key facts concerning other kinds of sites 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
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 find plenty of other types of attractions. To navigate to our full guide to other attractions, go to 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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