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“Watch Them Fly”

The Butterfly Farm (La Ferme des Papillons)
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Owner description: PLEASE NOTE!!! THE BUTTERFLY FARM IN ST MARTIN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA!! At the Butterfly Farm you will be escorted by your guide who will lead you through a specially created exhibition area of landscaped gardens. This is the butterflies own lush tropical garden playground! Here you will see hundreds of rare and exotic butterflies fluttering freely around you. The guide will identify different species, point out courtship and mating displays and tell butterfly facts and stories. You can also witness the various stages of the butterfly's life cycle, from butterflies laying their eggs to caterpillars hatching, growing and forming their chrysalis. Ask your guide how to handle the butterflies and caterpillars if you dare! The tour lasts around 15 minutes and you are welcome to stay as long as you like at leisure in the gardens. There is also an extensive selection of butterfly gifts and souvenirs in the shop, or drinks available in the shady cafe.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 31, 2013

This was a pleasant experience that was not part of our original plan for the day. There are many varieties to be seen and lots of color. If you're quick, you might also catch some hummingbirds at flowers or feeders. If you're lucky, you might get a butterfly to sit on your shoulder.

Thank tilegirl5
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"walk around"
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

I wasn't expecting much, but the visit was really interesting and I'd actually go back again. The introduction by the tour guide was very informative and both the butterflies and the flowers in the enclosure were very beautiful. If you want to find a problem, the butterflies aren't really good about sitting still and posing for photos, but if you're persistent, you can get some great shots of them. We came back home with plans to visit the web site and start a butterfly garden of our own.

2  Thank KathyKL0928
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Booked this as a shore excursion from a ship, recommendable!
The location is a couple miles from the port, getting there is a scenic drive in itself already. Once there the staff were extremely friendly and informative, the Butterflies seem to be well and healthy. With so many different types amongst the flora and fauna there, it is a colorful and fun experience for the whole family.

2  Thank NaturaBiota
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This visit was a shore excursion off a cruise ship. The farm was on opposite side of the island, so an interesting ride enroute. Owner/host was very informative and funny in his introductory remarks, then lots (40+ kinds) of different butterflies. If you want to photograph them a fast focusing camera is helpful. Small shot of punch (with or without rum) is free, but helpful to dip finger in so that butterflies will land on your finger. Pretty flowers and butterflies. On the trip back we stopped in one of the towns for 45 min. of shopping/looking around.

Thank Wotsmith
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Butterfly Farm was the highlight of our excursion in St. Maarten. There were many beautiful varieties of butterflies and the guide was interesting and informative. The tour was reasonably priced and includes a sample of fruit punch or rum punch to drink or to lure the butterflies onto your hand. I was able to lure one butterfly onto my hand with the rum punch. The farm is not large or extravagant and relies on visitors and donations to maintain it's operation.

1  Thank Debbie M
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