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.

  • We visited the Butterfly Farm last week (From the cruise Holland America) and it was fascinating. Would you tell me who did the painting outside in front of your facility. Was it ... read more

    - June Hewett
  • 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
  • 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
  • We visited your lovely butterfly farm last week and really enjoyed it. We could see how passionate you were about saving and renewing the butterfly population. We have many butte ... read more

    - Murray & Mary
  • Thank you for a delightful visit at the Butterfly Farm. All the staff was knowledgeable and informative. We were thrilled to be able to enjoy the beauty, history, life cycle, and h ... read more

    - Roberta Gates
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