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.

NOTE: The Butterfly Farm in St Martin remains CLOSED since being destroyed bycategory 5 hurricane Irma, Sept 2017.

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.

  • Hi Tony Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do an interview with me. I really appreciate it. I will send the audio if you would like to have it. J ... read more

    - Jeanne White
  • Thanks so much for the warm and happy welcome, and to our knowledgeable tour guide Kevin for the valuable information, education and fun tour!

    - Elisa
  • It was like walking into a dream! I accidentally fell onto it and ended up going three days in a row. It was a photographers play ground.

    - Xaviera Sanchez
  • All the way from Sweden. for me who love butterflies, this visit was a dream come true. it was the most magical and most relaxing thing I've done in my life. thanks butterflyes far ... read more

    - Faride and carlos
  • AMAZING, PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL...My sister, bro-in-law, husband and I visited in ARUBU on May 25, 2013. This is a very important day to us as it is the day that our 15 yr old daugh ... read more

    - Rodney and Julie Agnes
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