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.

Tony and Lori continue to thrive in Aruba but sadly The Butterfly Farm in St Martin remains CLOSED since being destroyed bycategory 5 hurricane Irma, Sept 2017.

Entrance to the old The Butterfly Farm St Martin (closed)
Entrance to the old The Butterfly Farm St Martin (closed)
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 in early December was a great insight, a lovely place to be

    - Eamonn croft
  • We were at your Butterfly Farm on April 28th 2014 on the tour bus from the Explorer of the Seas.. The tour, It was A#1 we had a great time with you at the farm that day and the re ... read more

    - Mike Riess
  • What a wonderful excursion. The guide was very informative and interesting. Thank you for the hard work put into making your farm available to the public.

    - Judith Taylor
  • Visited the farm on Aruba three weeks ago. The experience was wonderful and enlightening. The young man who guided the tour was so informative . Thank you for sharing it made our v ... read more

    - John Costisick
  • I visited the Butterfly Farm on Oct. 24, 2013 it was very inspiring & very beautiful, very colorful. I would love to visit the Butterfly Farm again some day..

    - Frances Talamage
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