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.

  • Visited: 1/22/2015 - The Butterfly Farm St Maarten What a fabulous thing you folks are doing! Keep it going. We booked a last minute excursion during our cruise and it was abso ... read more

    - Karen Kendall
  • Had a wonderful day at the farm with the beautiful butterflies at St Maarten, staff was great and we learned a lot about how to care for the butterflies. Thank you.

    - Kathleen Yowler
  • just spent a wonderful visit at the Butterfly Farm, courtesy of our Celebrity cruise. Letting you know you were a great part of my vacation, I will make sure I let them know as wel ... read more

    - Greg Gour
  • My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting the Butterfly Farm a couple weeks ago while cruising with Royal Caribbean and what an amazing experience! It was one of my very favori ... read more

    - Emily Cummings
  • What a beautiful place! We really enjoyed the information we got from the speaker and the time walking around observing all the beautiful butterflies. I highly recommend this plac ... read more

    - Lynda
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