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Family Activities in St. Martin, Sint Maarten


There’s no denying that St. Martin’s beautiful beaches, nearly 40 in all, are one of this island’s top assets. Whether you’re looking for pulsating action or blissful privacy, you’ll find it somewhere on the island. (Note to parents: On the French side, topless sunbathing is standard and nudity is permitted on the nude beach at Orient Bay, so prepare your children first if you plan a visit to this bustling beach.)


Kids enjoy the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden, located near Phillipsburg. The zoo emphasizes the flora and fauna of the Caribbean with an eye toward conservation. Over 60 species are on display here including mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Butterfly Farm

Another top stop with families is the St. Martin/St. Maarten Butterfly Farm, located on the French side of the island near Orient Bay. You’ll walk among free-flying butterflies in this fascinating display. If you've done some island hopping in the region, you'll recognize this as a sister farm to ones in Aruba and Grand Cayman.

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