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.

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.

  • The Butterfly Farm was by far my favorite adventure on mine & my husband's honeymoon. I was so inspired by the experience, I even later got an atlas moth tattoo! Would love to some ... read more

    - Ashley R.
  • An outstanding journey my wife and I had visiting the Butterfly Farm. We learned much and enjoyed the beauty of St Maarten.

    - Richard Staddon
  • Hi Tony Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do an interview with me. I really appreciate it. I will send the audio if you would like to have it. J ... read more

    - Jeanne White
  • My sister and I recently visited the butterfly farm in Aruba and we were both amazed at the difficult life cycle and journey these beautiful butterflies make. So colorful and so di ... read more

    - Carrie Bon
  • Last week while in St. Maarten vacationing with family, we visited the Butterfly Farm. It was one of the highlights of our trip!! What a beautiful, special place. What a great v ... read more

    - Jayne Duey
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