2. Macaws and iguanas at the St. Maarten Zoo
For a fine introduction to the colourful array of endemic species common on St. Martin and throughout the Caribbean tropics, be sure to make a beeline for the island’s zoological gardens.
They can be found on the northern edge of the Great Salt Pond that surrounds Philipsburg on the Dutch half, guarded by marauding peacocks and set to the sounds of stalking ocelots and swinging green vervet monkeys.
Some of the most fascinating creatures on the line-up here include the cotton-topped tamarin, marmosets and the curious (not-so-)little capybara: the world’s largest rodent!