St. Maarten

The island of St. Maarten is famous for the fact that it is split in half. One half, St. Maarten, is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the other, St. Martin, is a French Overseas Territory. Physically, the west end is an atoll of low land surrounding a lagoon, while the east end is a range of conical hills. The island has white sandy beaches and numerous bays and lagoons.

Natural Pool on South Coast

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kievit (SHAPE/DCNA)

Nature Park Management
Partner Organization

The Nature Foundation is a non-profit organization located on the island of St. Maarten in the heart of the Caribbean. The foundation aims to preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten for generations to come.

Contact information

For general questions
Telephone:  +1 721 544 4267


Visiting address 

Wellsberg Street 1A Unit 25-26,
Fisherman’s Wharf Complex,
Cole Bay, St. Maarten

Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00

Pay your nature fee to the parks

St. Maarten's Key Species & Ecosystems

Brown Boobies

(Sula leucogaster)

Photo credit: © Kai Wulf

Gorgonian Corals


Photo credit: © Hans Leijnse (SHAPE/DCNA)

Monarch Butterfly

(Danaus plexippus)

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kevit (SHAPE/DCNA)

Natural Pool on South Coast

Photo credit: © Henkjan Kievit (SHAPE/DCNA)


(Coereba flaveola)

Photo credit: © Rostislav Stach (SHAPE/DCNA)

Brown Pelican

(Pelecanus occidentalis)

Photo Credit:  © Miro Zumrik (SHAPE/DCNA)

Photo credit: ©

Miro Zumrik (SHAPE/DCNA)


(Delonix regia)

Photo credit: © Kai Wulf

American kestrel

(Falco sparverius)

Photo credit:  © Diego Marquez

Caribbean Reef Shark

(Carcharhinus perezi)
Photo credit: © Jim Abernethy

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