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.

  • a GREAT PLACE TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLYS!G8e Ee5

    - james green
  • We enjoyed visiting and learning at the Butterfly Farm. We plan to try to attract butterflys to our garden.

    - Carol Cookson
  • Visited the butterfly farm in December 2011. Really loved what I saw. My grandson was excited. The punch at the end of the tour was good. Thanks to our guide for the information on ... read more

    - Gertrude Isaac
  • We enjoyed our visit with our parents & grandparents. The butterfly's came right over and sat on our fingers.

    - Wyatt & Alyson
  • 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
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