Who are we?

The first Butterfly Farm in Saint Martin opened its doors to the public in 1994. It is also called La Ferme Des Papillons because of its location on the French-side of the tiny dual nation Caribbean Island of St Martin/St Maarten. It was designed and built by two eccentric Englishmen, William Slayter (owner) and John Coward.

Four hurricanes later William decided to open another Farm in Aruba with his great friends Tony and Lori Cox who became partners in the venture. The doors were opened there in May 1999. Since then thousands of visitors have been welcomed to the Farms.

William remains at the Farm in St Martin today and is still entertaining visitors on his tours with his quirky British humor! Tony and Lori continue to thrive in Aruba.

Entrance to The Butterfly Farm St Martin
Entrance to The Butterfly Farm St Martin
Staff from left to right..William, Beverly, Pete, Pierre, Tito, Pam
Staff from left to right..William, Beverly, Pete, Pierre, Tito, Pam
Driftwood sign, Aruba
Driftwood sign, Aruba
Guided tour, Aruba
Guided tour, Aruba

Press Clip: Butterfly Effect... From VOGUE June 2012
Press Clip: Butterfly Effect... From VOGUE June 2012

Random visitors photos:

You can send us your photos at photos@thebutterflyfarm.com, for more visit our photo galleries.

  • The Butterfly Farm was the highlight of my trip to the Virgin Islands! I could have stayed there all day, as I was in awe of the beautiful butterflies! Willie, you were so informat ... read more

    - Terry-Ann Rodriguez
  • The Butterfly Farm can be thought of as "Close Encounters with the Spectacular". Willie, Karen, Pamela and the rest of the staff present a micro-world of extraordinary enchantment. ... read more

    - JOHN SWEENEY
  • Was just here in the last week of February 2013....My second trip and probably not my last. I love the beauty of this place.

    - Kelly
  • rob schroeder u.s.a great place

    - rob
  • The visit to the Butterfly Farm is science, beauty, philosophy and spirituality all rolled into one. When the butterfly has its wings closed, the drab colors and shapes blend in ... read more

    - Gary Nabors
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