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

Positioned near the middle of Sint Maarten, 5.4 miles southeast of Marigot, Sint Maarten Marine Park always welcomes local customers and visitors lodging in this section of St. Martin. But even if you aren't staying in this location, you should feel free to stop by to check it out. It is 1.5 miles southeast of Philipsburg.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of eateries to select from in the area near the wildlife reservation. Oriental Bar & Restaurant is a great eatery to enjoy a meal at on your way to visiting this nature preserve, and with its close proximity, is especially valuable to guests at this attraction. Also within reach, you and your companions will encounter eateries like Kwang Ton Restaurant and Cafe Dot Com so you don't need to be picky, since you'll find a few different food and drink options.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some other activities nearby, including St. Maarten Museum, which is one and a quarter miles away Philipsburg. Also, you might consider checking out Wathey Square, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

Attractions Near Sint Maarten Marine Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
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
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum -- -- 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.

Location: Sint Maarten, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Website

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

 

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