Loterie Farm was once a famous sugar plantation, but in recent decades it had fallen into disrepair. Today, thanks to the efforts of a green-minded entrepreneur, the land has been converted into a fine nature preserve/outdoor eco-adventure center. Ziplines, suspended bridges, and miles of well-maintained hiking trails wend their way through acres of magnificent old-growth forest – mahogany, guavaberry, mango and dozens of other trees and plants make this a super green oasis. Guided treks and challenges for adults and kids; great café too!
Horse rescue is the driving force behind Bayside. These are former race horses and animals that have been neglected or abused – the owners take amazingly great care of the horses, rehabilitating and slowly training them to be gentle tour horses. For novices, leisurely-paced rides along the beach are perfect. For more experienced riders, Bayside offers private guided rides where you can get up to a canter and take a dip in the ocean.
Informative and unexpectedly entertaining, this fascinating attraction gives visitors an up-close look at some of the planet's most beautiful, delicate creatures. Fantastic guides provide facts about the insect's biology, and then folks are invited into the mesh-enclosed farm, which houses dozens of species from around the globe. Photography is welcomed, and refreshments and a gift shop are also available. Great for all ages.
Do a little island-hopping, snorkeling or scuba diving, sightseeing, fishing – Aqua Mania has it all. They offer all sorts of boating trips, from high-speed ferries to leisurely narrated cruises. They also offer kitesurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, mountain biking and a many other adventurous activities for the whole family.
Native Caribbean wildlife populate this informative attraction on the Dutch side just north of Philipsburg. Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are represented, and you'll be thrilled to view ocelots, peccaries, tamarins, monkeys, baboons, iguanas, tortoises, and an assortment of frogs, toads and birds. A gift shop and refreshments are available.
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Ever dreamed of sailing in an America's Cup race? Well, here's your chance! Four-time America's Cup winner Dennis Conner started up this wildly popular business, which organizes up to four regattas per day in the high season, with five champion yachts. Each yacht can accommodate 4-18 crew members. One of the most thrilling experiences you can have in the Caribbean.
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This lovely stretch of beach is protected by a coral reef, granting ample opportunity for snorkeling and swimming. The white-sand beaches are popular with residents and tourists alike, and it's not difficult to find food, entertainment, rental equipment, or even shopping available. This beach is also clothing-optional and finds popularity with naturists, Europeans, and adventuresome visitors. Club Orient, a naturist resort, is also located along this portion of the coast.
Day and night, this underwater-themed casino allows folks the opportunity to play their favorite games of chance and skill. Poker, craps, roulette and baccarat are available, along with hundreds of slot machines and black jack tables. Live entertainment can be found nightly, along with a host of dining establishments that feature everything from Italian, French and Asian foods to American and Indian fare and an all-you-can-eat buffet.
One of the island's largest casinos, Royale offers craps, baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker and roulette. It boasts more than 250 slot machines. Restaurants and shops are also available, and its piano bar features Caribbean rhythms along with other catchy tunes.
Set on the promontory that separates Great Bay and Little Bay, this Dutch military base was Holland's first island outpost. Built in 1631, the fort was intended to solidify a claim for control of the island's salt resources. It was later co-opted by the Spanish and then picked up by the Dutch again after the Spanish abandoned the island. The hike up to the fort isn't too strenuous, and the views it affords are absolutely worth the effort.