Hiking Pic Paradis in St. Martin / St. Maarten
If you live in New York City (like I do) and want to get some cheap sun the two best places to go are either a.) Miami or b.) The Caribbean. When I go on a beach vacation, however, I do like to do some amount of outdoor things (e.g. Kayaking, Hiking, Biking etc.). In general the Caribbean is not the *best* place for those sort of activities although some of the islands do offer at least some things to outdoor folks. In St. Martin / St. Maarten hiking up Pic Paradis is definitely a great outdoor activity. If you are into that sort of thing, I highly recommend doing it.
Getting there and Travel Time
Pic Paradis is on the French side a bit north of Marigot. In general you need a car to get around St. Martin and getting to Pic Paradis is no exception. Here are expected travel times from a couple on the island:
- Oyster Pond / Westin: Your best bet is to drive north and go around the top half of the island. It will easily take you 30 to 40 minutes of driving.
- Simpson Bay: Likewise this will take you 30 minutes of driving
Pic Paradis is my favorite type of hike. First, it is quite steep so it is a good workout. Second, the top will reward you with great views of Marigot, Anguilla and the Caribbean sea. I highly recommend it. Here are some pictures from the top. Enjoy!
View from Pic Paradis looking west. Anguilla in the background.
Me at the top of Pic Paradis. December 31, 2008.