Over 400 years ago the Dutch settled on the south side of St Martin in order to harvest salt from the large salt pond across from a narrow strip of land in Great Bay. This strip of land became the capital, Philipsburg, and I wrote about it a few days ago.
Today I want to talk about the Great Salt Pond, which is not actively being used to produce salt anymore, but instead is a great place to see many tropical birds. When I visited I was able to see several pelicans diving for fish, herons flying about, and ducks on the water. Sadly there is no viewing platform that I could find, but you are able to see quite a bit from the dirt road on the edge of the pond.
Finding the pond could not be easier. Just walk perpendicular from the beach 5-6 blocks and you will run right into it. Even from the cruise ships it is less than a 30 minute walk.