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.

  • We were at this wonderful butterfly farm twice, the week of April 1, 2013. We loved it so much, we had to go back! So much to see and learn... So many photos to take! Love, love ... read more

    - Karen MacGregor
  • the butterfly farm seems to be a secret, we found it by mere chance, and so grateful we did, it really made the trip! We learned so many fascinating things about life and the wor ... read more

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

    - Wyatt & Alyson
  • Enjoyed the beautful Butterflys!

    - Michael & Tina Brickey
  • I just visited the butterfly farm in St. Marten, and it was very good. I came from Freedom of the Seas, a cruise ship about 5 days ago.

    - Matthew Hollingsworth Jr.
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