Pic Paradis hike in St. Martin

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors
So, it’s been some time since my last post, but I am back up again!  Hiking Pic Paradis in St. Martin is spectacular.  If you ever have a chance to visit St. Martin, it’s definitely worth it, whether it’s the French side or the Dutch side.  I didn’t get to spend too much time on the island as this was a cruise stop, but I did get the chance to hike the highest peak on St. Martin, Pic Paradis.  I went with a guide, led by Rendezvous Tours, which was even better because the hike was super educational.  Pic Paradis is 1,400 feet above sea level.

My sister came with me.  Because we went with the tour, they decided it was best to actually drive to the top of Pic Paradis and hike down.  We drove in a van to our first location, The Loterie Farm Resort, where we had to switch cars.  The van apparently couldn’t make it up the steep, one car road, so we had to switch to a truck.  Before getting in the truck, we were told to grab a bamboo walking stick, which we did.  After reaching the peak, we got out and first stopped at some overlooks for some absolutely amazing views.  Below are a few pictures!

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

Backpack Cooler - Granite Rocx - hiking - outdoors - pic paradis - st. martin

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

Backpack Cooler - Granite Rocx - hiking - outdoors - pic paradis - st. martin

After taking a few pictures, my sister grabbed her Granite Rocx pack and we, with several others, started the trek down.  It was rocky and steep in places, so if you do ever do this, make sure to wear shoes.  We continued down first passing a part of the sugar cane plantation, obviously not in use anymore.  We then reached Chewbacca Rock and took a few more photos.  We reached several pots, which at one point were used for washing hair.  Lastly, we passed a few tomb covers.  There was a major hurricane several years back that caused much damage to the island and these were remnants of that.  Below are more pictures!

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

backpack cooler - granite rocx - hiking - outdoors

The hike down took a total of about one hour.  You can hike up to the peak which at certain places can be extremely steep.  Actually, so steep there is a rope to help.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any animals on the hike, but you can sometimes see monkeys or iguanas.  There are no snakes as all of the mongoose have eaten them.

I would highly suggest taking a trip to St. Martin, if you have not done so already.  Although I didn’t get to spend much time on the island, we know the beaches are amazing and the hike to Pic Paradis is worth the effort.  Views are absolutely unreal!  Have you been to St. Martin?  If so, make a comment below!  Also follow me on twitter @sberei!

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