Loterie Farm is a former sugar plantation that was constructed in 1773 and that is nearby the foot of Pic Paradis, and that is now one of the top attractions in St. Maarten / St Martin. The farm ceased its sugar activity in 1855. Today, the farm has become a real tropical gem, where the smells, noises and colours of Loterie Farm provide a striking contrast with the rest of St. Maarten / St Martin. Visitors can walk, hike, or bike on the 150 acres of forest and farmland. A zip line is also soaring through Loterie’s forest. If you are planning on going to the Loterie’s Farm, wearing hiking boots or sports shoes is necessary.
The Hidden Forest café and Tree Lounge will offer you snacks and refreshments. Since 2011, Loterie Farm opened L’eaulounge cabana club & psicine, with a multi-level swimming areas connected by cascades. Eleven stylish cabanas, that can accommodate up to 10 persons, are for daily rent and offer an unique experience of the Loterie Farm.
The loterie far mis open every day from 9AM to 3 :30PM except on Mondays.
Tel. : +590 590 87-8616
Pic Paradis – Paradise Peak
Pic Paradis is definitely one of the top attractions in St. Martin if you like hiking. With an elevation of 424m, Pic Paradis is the highest point on St. Martin. There is also a two kilometers narrow road going to the top, but you may have difficulties to park as there are very few parking spots. Once you are at the top of Paradise Peak, you will discover a magnificent panoramic view of the island.
The Tijon Parfumerie
In Grand Case, the Tijon Parfumerie will offer you an incredible experience. This Parfumerie creates very original cosmetics, using natural products from St. Martin, locally distilled fragrant oils and exotic scents. Frangipani, papaya, rosemary and gardenia are only a few of those local scents.
Tijon Parfumerie collection of cosmetics is renowned and acclaimed, but what might interest you in this Parfumerie is that you will be given the opportunity to create your own personal perfume. There are two formulas : a three hour class, for 99 euros, and a 60+ minute experience. In each setting you leave with your own bottle of perfume and a gift bag of Tijon’s collection.
Tijon showroom is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 :30 AM to 5 :00PM and by special appointment.
Tel. : 0690 22 74 70
Fort Amsterdam was the first fort built by Dutch settlers in the Caribbean, in 1631. Also, ruins and foundations have recently been uncovered during archaeological digs. This fort was used to protect the sea route to the Greater Antilles and Puerto Rico and to control access to Great Bay. You can visit the fort ruins and learn more about the island’s history.
Whether you are a nature lover or just curious, you should book a visit to the Butterfly Farm, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The butterfly farm spreads under a 900m2 greenhouse, sheltering hundreds of butterflies species from all four corners of the world. The farm’s creators also work alongside scientists in order to protect and save endangered species, meaning you will have the opportunity to see very rare butterflies. The Butterfly Farm is open everyday from 9:30AM to 3:30PM, and is located on the Route du Galion.
Tel. : 0590 87 31 21
Roland Richardson Gallery Museum
In a place filled with the charm of French Creole architecture and Old St. Martin located in Marigot lives Roland Richardson and his family. He and his wife Laura restored this house. They opened it to the public, revealing an delightful place, full of history. Every Thursday from 10:30AM throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to join Sir Roland Richardson while he paints at his gallery museum. Visiting his gallery museum, you will see through Sir Roland Richardson paintings the changes of the island during the last 50 years.
The gallery museum is in Marigot, 6 rue de la République.
Tel. : 011-590-590-87-32-24