Sint Maarten Marine Park

Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Spanning along the entire Dutch coast of the island, the Marine Park runs from Oyster Pond to Cupecoy Bay, and goes out into the water as far as 200 feet deep.

Visitors looking to explore the natural ecosystems of Sint Maarten will definitely want to look around the Sint Maarten Marine Park. The park is a breeding ground for countless fish, the home to a growing coral reef, and a designated Important Bird Area where migratory birds often stop to rest during their long journeys.

This area is popular amongst scuba divers, especially Molly Beday, Hen and Chicks, Cow and Calf, and Pelican Rock. In total, there are 28 dive sites within the marine park, giving divers the chance to explore everything from coral reef to ship wrecks.

Location

Located in Sint Maarten, 5.4 miles southeast of Marigot, Sint Maarten Marine Park happily welcomes tourists lodging in this section of St. Martin. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by to check it out. From this location, Philipsburg is a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) to the northwest.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of eateries to pick from in the region surrounding the nature preserve. Oriental Bar & Restaurant is a great location to have a bite to eat at on your way to checking out this nature preserve, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Kwang Ton Restaurant and Cafe Dot Com are additional restaurant options within reach of this outdoor attraction guests can try a new dish and experience the St. Martin culture.

Nearby Attractions

Other local activities include St. Maarten Heritage Museum, which is one and a quarter miles away Philipsburg. Furthermore, you can consider heading to St. Maarten Museum, which is another attraction in the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this location are found in the following table.

Attractions Near Sint Maarten Marine Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
St. Maarten Heritage Museum Museum 1.2 mi. (0.7 km) NNW Philipsburg
St. Maarten Museum Museum 1.2 mi. (0.7 km) NNW Philipsburg
Wathey Square Other Attraction 1.4 mi. (0.2 km) NNW Philipsburg
The Courthouse Historic Site 1.4 mi. (0.2 km) NNW Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Other Attraction 1.5 mi. (0.4 km) NNW Philipsburg
Fort Amsterdam Historic Site 1.6 mi. (1.6 km) WNW 1.0 mi. South West of Philipsburg
Groot Bai Lighthouse Other Attraction 1.6 mi. (1.6 km) WNW 1.0 mi. South West of Philipsburg
Philipsburg Theatres Other Activities/Excursions -- -- Philipsburg

More Information

Hours

There are no set operating hours for the St. Maarten Marine Park, but as a general rule guests should visit between sun up and sun down.

Policies

If you plan on doing some kind of watersport or other activity, be sure to check the regulations for the area that you or in; something legal off one beach may be illegal off another.

Website

http://www.naturefoundationsxm.org/parks/sxm_marine_park.htm

 

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