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.
Assuming you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To see additional information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.
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 situated 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: One of the largest shell museums in the world, Musee Des Coquillages has over 5000 shells. They feature shells from extinct animals, general sea shells, as well as art made from some of the shells they have found.
The table right below enables you to learn more details concerning 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 explore the historical roots of foreign countries, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in St. Martin.
One popular destination 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 interesting landmark worth visiting is Old Prison. It is located 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 through the following chart for more information on historical sites in the area.
|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|
Bear in mind that St. Martin has additional attraction types. Anyone who needs to get more details concerning other attractions here.
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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