If you want to explore all that this dual-nation island has to offer, you're in luck. The lack of border control means that even if you are staying on the French side of St. Martin, you can make stops at every location on the Dutch side, of St. Maarten and vice versa.
To really get a feel for what it means that two nations live together peacefully on one small island, take a trip to Concordia Hill. This is the location where the treaty was signed in 1648, giving the French and Dutch joint control of the island.
In case you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to get detailed information.
Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum The first showroom features an exhibit on the life of the Arawak Indians, and includes artifacts excavated from historic settlement areas. The most impressive of these artifacts is a molding of a Indian burial dated to 450 AD.
Another landmark worth visiting is The Old House. It is located in St. Martin. The Old House Museum takes visitors back to the early days of Saint Martin's colonial history where they will learn of the culture, politics, and economics that have led the island to where it is today.
Musee Des Coquillages: The museum is open during the week from 10:00am until 6:00pm, with a two hour break starting at noon. On the weekend, the museum is only open from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
The following chart has some key facts regarding some museums worth checking out in St. Martin.
|--||Grand-Case, 2.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|(059) 029-2284||Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin|
|Musee Des Coquillages||(059) 053-7531||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Musée de Saint-Martin||(059) 029-4836||Downtown Marigot, 1.2 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|The Old House||(059) 087-3284||La Croisade, 2.6 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites during your time in St. Martin.
A common landmark for vacationers is Durat Bridge. It is located in the heart of St. Martin. Named after the famous governor of the island, Durat Bridge was essential in connecting Marigot with the Northernmost part of the island and specifically to the village that is known today as Grand Case.
Another landmark worth visiting is Old Prison. It is found within downtown Marigot. For many years, the Old Prison of Marigot held the prisoners of the island who committed various crimes. The prison's role changed however in 1968, when the building was converted into a fire station and the prisoners transferred to a newer site.
Mount Vernon Plantation: While it may not seem like much now, it was fields like Mount Vernon Plantation that gave St. Martin its wealth during the colonial and early independence eras of its history. This historical park will give visitors a unique insight into the production of sugar, rum, and the harvest of numerous spices.
Be sure to look at the following table for more information about historic sites in St. Martin.
|Border Obelisk||--||Marigot, 1.8 mi. South West of Central St. Martin|
|Durat Bridge||--||Central St. Martin|
|Fort Louis||--||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Hope Estate Archeological Site||--||Central St. Martin|
|Mount Vernon Plantation||(059) 029-5062||2.6 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
|Old Prison||--||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Spring Sugar Mill||--||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
Guests may explore some other intriguing sites nearby.
Other kinds of landmarks close to St. Martin are provided here:
|Attraction||6.8 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Attraction||Cove Bay, 7.8 mi. Northwest of Central St. Martin|
Needless to say, St. Martin includes other attractions. Use this link to read our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for St. Martin.
Of course, if you head over to St. Maarten, you'll find a whole collection of additional landmarks, including Fort Amsterdam, Wathley Square, and the St. Martin Museum.
Take advantage of your trip to St. Martin by learning about both French and Dutch culture. Still, if you choose to stick strictly on the French side there is plenty to keep you busy.
Take advantage of your trip to St. Martin/St. Maarten by learning about both French and Dutch culture. From the first Dutch fort in the Caribbean to a historic plantation on the French side, there is plenty to see on the island.
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