Pic du Paradis (St. Martin)

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Free
24/7 daily

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Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Atmosphere

You can drive or take a taxi up Pic du Paradis mountain's 1,492 feet for a heart-stopping view of all of St. Martin/St. Maarten, as well as the surrounding islands of Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius. Also known as Paradise Peak, the mountain was a hit with recent visitors, who said it is worth the hike for the stunning panoramic views.

You can reach the peak two ways: You can pay to park at Loterie Farm (found at the base of the mountain) and hike up to the top, or you can drive your car to the end of the road and walk about 10 to 15 minutes to the summit (for free). If you choose to hike up to the top, heed the advice of past visitors and bring plenty of water, bug spray and stable shoes with good traction. Some reviewers also warned future visitors not to leave any valuables in their cars at the summit as theft has been reported. According to travelers, signage is also not abundant.                

Pic du Paradis is located between the towns of Grand Case and Marigot. Loterie Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Though you can access the trail after the farm closes, it's best avoided after sunset. For more information on trails and distances, visit the St. Martin Tourist Office website.

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Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any other watersport you can imagine is easy enough to schedule, and many companies stand ready to take you out for the day. Since St. Martin is in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, it's also quite popular to visit other islands, such as Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.

Day sails or specialty boat tours that offer everything from eco-snorkeling to party-in-the-sun itineraries are quite common. Daysailing companies that receive excellent reviews from past visitors include Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and Captain Alan's Boat Charters.

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