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.

  • I was just at your farm on this past Saturday (6/27/2015) and I absoulutely loved it. I have already purchased Milkweed seeds and will go and buysome plants. Thank you for the to ... read more

    - Courtney Thomas from NJ
  • So nice we visited twice! Loved it and learned so much! It was my 9 year old son's favorite part of the trip. Thank you!

    - Nikki and Dylan
  • We had a marvelous time at The Butterfly Farm. Not only did we have the chance to interact with some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world, but we learned an enormous amo ... read more

    - Michael and Cynthia Manns
  • The Butterfly Farm was the highlight of my trip to the Virgin Islands! I could have stayed there all day, as I was in awe of the beautiful butterflies! Willie, you were so informat ... read more

    - Terry-Ann Rodriguez
  • We where there a week before the hurricane came tbrpugh and lobed it was wondering if everything and everyone are dping ok after yhe storm any update would be great

    - Allen Smith
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