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Address: | near Great Bay and Little Bay, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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"Beautiful Fort with a View"

We enjoyed the scenic ride up to Fort Amsterdam and the beautiful views of the island from the Fort. If you are a history buff, you will definitely enjoy this stop.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve B
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a day visit from our cruise ship. Walked up to the fort ,what a view. On the way back down we saw a massive lizard. The area was very clean and well looked after. Taxi drives very friendly .

Thank DevonBen
Washington, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family walked up to this fort to look around and enjoy the view. This is probably the best place on the island to watch the sunset. Even all the cruise ships seemed to position just below us for the view right after they left the dock.

Thank msimpson4474
Greenville, South Carolina
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the scenic ride up to Fort Amsterdam and the beautiful views of the island from the Fort. If you are a history buff, you will definitely enjoy this stop.

Thank Steve B
Montgomery, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting archeological site, at the tip of the Divi peninsula. A few displays and some great views of Saba, St. Bart's, and others on a clear day. It was at the battle to take this fort that Peter Stuyvesant lost his leg.

Thank murphyvt
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Amsterdam is of great historic value for Sint Maarten. This is the place where peter Stuyvesant battled the spanish troups in 1644 and lost his leg to a canonball, they lost the battle after loosing hundreds of man, in 1648 the spanish sailed away by themself , no longer interested in the island. There are still quite some remnants... More 

Thank Binkievan
Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

I admit it: I'm a sucker when it comes to Forts, be they in the New World or the Old. But this particular Fort stood out for me in both its antiquity (circa 1631) and in the views it affords once you reach it. Like most fortified positions, it sits in a commanding position overlooking the Great Bay, affotrding the... More 

Thank mccorquinn
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

The walk up the hill is tough but well worth the effort as once there the view across the bay is wonderful. You can look down on both of the bays and watch the sail boats sail by. There are some old cannons on the site and a couple of other buildings which have information boards written in English as... More 

Thank holiday-view23-7-11
Rekkem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This fort is one of the more accessible forts of the Dutch side, and it lies in a nice environment. The only thing that might be the problem is that you have to pass a checkpoint of a hotel, but no worries, the fort isn't private property! They placed very informative boards along the path. The best time to visit... More 

Thank Ine D
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

My wife and I like to visit old & historic places when we vacation. As it was only a 5 minute walk from the Divi Little Bay Resort we made the trek. We were there for about 30 minutes taking pictures reading signs watching pelicans and enjoying the view. I would recommend anyone staying at the resort to make the... More 

Thank Vic J
Edmond, Oklahoma
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Our friend lives on St. MARTIN. (Lucky) we went island touring. Fort amsterdam is heavy with an interesting history. Restaruants nearby were fabulous. It can get very hot, so bring the sunscreen and water.

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