With locations in both St. Martin and Aruba, the Butterfly Farm houses hundreds of exotic species for your viewing pleasure.
St Maarten is split between Dutch and French populations. The port of Philipsburg is Dutch and the official currency in the Dutch Guilder. We were taken through this pretty town, whilst our guide described its places of interest. The butterfly farm was the highlight and you had to feel priveleged as these beautiful creatures danced around you and even perched on your hand. We then crossed to the French side and its capital of Marigot, which had a huge street market to take the tourist EURO! Fortunately, both sides took the US dollar. The guide was enthusiastic and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Provider: Thomson Cruises
This was my favorite excursion of the trip. The bus ride to the Butterfly Farm was short and air conditioned. I would say that if you have a problem with heat & humidity, don't go to the butterfly farm in August. It was extremely hot inside the netted farm. The butterflies did not disappoint though. They were beautiful and the flowers were beautiful. It was difficult to get a butterfly on your finger, but they did give you tips and juice to help. The guide was a lot of fun (British fellow). I think we had an hour at the farm and that was more than enough time. We hopped back on the bus and took another short ride to Orient Beach, which is an absolutely beautiful beach. It was clean and gorgeous and relaxing. The water was so clear and there plenty of covered beach lounges to put your stuff on. We had a small safe with us that could be attached to the chair, so we could put our passports and money in it. I would have, again, loved more time at the beach, but this was the least "rushed" excursion. I definitely recommend this excursion. I only gave it a 4 because it could be just a bit longer so you can actually relax.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International