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 by category 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.

  • absolutely wonderful!! So informative and lively

    - Randy Towne
  • Me and my family had the great fortune of visiting the Butterfly Farm primary due to my aunt's infatuation with these lovely wonders. I am glad we made the stop - great experience. ... read more

    - Terence
  • We visited on 01Sep2015 and enjoyed our time at The Butterfly Farm. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly; we learned some new things about butterflies. If we make it back to ... read more

    - The Scholze Family [Ottawa, Canada]
  • I would love to learn more about butterflys

    - Virginia Willmeth
  • I'm from Canada and I visited your Butterfly farm in Aruba in January 2013. It was enjoyable and educational. Thank you and keep up the good work.

    - Ella Kolm
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