The Butterfly Farm: Less than 5 minutes south of where we stayed in Orient Bay was a butterfly farm. At the time of writing this, the farm costs about $12 per person for adults and about half that for children and it includes a guided tour pretty much any time of the day you stop in. You can’t miss the sign from the main road. The farm was small, but really have a wonderful array of butterflies and plants on display. If you get there between 9 and 9:30 am, you will be able to see the new butterflies hatch But don’t think it’s a quick process, you may just want to set up a camera and fast forward through the replay later. It is open every day of the year, so there’s no excuse not to get there.
One nice feature is that they will sign a card for you upon entry and any time you visit in the future, you can go for free whether it’s during the same trip or any subsequent trip to the island. The first time we went it was in the afternoon when the butterflies were a bit tired. So a week later we came back in the morning to see the new ones hatch from their chrysalis.
The Beaches: Pinel Island, Anse Marcel, Le Galion
These three beaches were the best we found for visiting with children. My little one was only 19 months at the time of our trip and as much as she loves bathwater, she hates the beach — particularly the waves. However by the time we got to Pinel Island, she started to warm up to the idea because the water is so calm on these beaches.
This is what you need to know. Anse Marcel is a nice beach on the French side. To get there you hang a right at the roundabout just before getting to Grand Case. The sign will say something about a ferry. Drive all the way down that road until you see a sign for the Radisson Hotel. Follow that all the way. You will drive up a really windy and steep hill and upon descending on the other side, you will see parking lots in front of you and a guy controlling the flow of traffic in and out of the beach area. Park in one of the lots and walk down to the beach. Drinks and presumably food are quite expensive there, so you may want to pack your cooler with some pâté sandwiches, fig bars and water bottles like we did or just buy drinks from one of the hotels that are on the beach.