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Fort Amsterdam
Fort Amsterdam

Fort Amsterdam

Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St Maarten

The Basics

To get an up-close look at St. Maarten’s colonial history, head to the peninsula to see the ruins of the fort as well as a smattering of colonial artifacts: look for the skeleton of a Spanish soldier and canons. Travelers may explore Fort Amsterdam independently or as part of tour, such as a bike tour that might stop at other historic highlights including Philipsburg Courthouse and St. Maarten's oldest inn.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Anyone interested in St. Maarten history will appreciate Fort Amsterdam.

  • Entry into the fort is free.

  • Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, and use of equipment, and water. Check tours for specific details.

  • Don’t go anywhere in St. Maarten without sun protection and swimwear; Divi Little Bay Beach is nearby.

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How to Get There

Fom Philipsburg, drive west through town onto Little Bay Road, following the street through Divi Little Bay Beach Resort until it dead-ends on the peninsula. Form the cruise ship dock, expect a 10-minute drive; from Philipsburg, it’s about five minutes away.

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When to Get There

The fort welcomes visitors year-round. Those looking for the lowest hotel prices should visit St. Martin/St. Maarten in spring or fall when rain is less likely. Summer is warmest, but the weather is pleasant year-round. Visit from February to June and you may see humpback whales.

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Brown Pelicans Nests

Walk to the very end of the peninsula to an area designated an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Here, a regionally significant colony of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) nest along the slope just below the fort. The community currently has about 60 pairs of birds.

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