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.

  • 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
  • I would suggest anyone visiting the island to go see The Butterfly Farm. I learned a lot.

    - Bea Gregory
  • We absolutely loved the Butterfly Farm! One of the most unique excursions one can take on St. Martin. We'd been there once before and could never capture those elusive blue creatu ... read more

    - Gail Cookson
  • I had an unbelievable experience at the Butterfly Farm in St Marteen. Great time and learning experience, but most of all an amazing opportunity to sharpen my photographic skills. ... read more

    - Lucie Lecomte
  • Thanks for the wonderful tour and interesting instruction on the butterfly life cycle. What a once-in-a-lifetime treat to have these beautiful creatures all around you and to get ... read more

    - Linda
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