The manager of the hotel we stayed in highly recommended that we go up to Paradise Peak (Pic Paradis) but warned us of what so many of the reviewers here have found. Robberies occur. So she said that the way to get to Paradise Peak safely is to take the trail that goes up the mountain in Loterie Farm. Loterie Farm is a private estate which is well taken care of, and quite safe. You get to it by taking the road leading to Paradise Peak. In a short distance, you see a sign for Loterie Farm on the right. Loterie Farm has a trail which goes up to the top and takes about two hours. However, if you only want to go half way and turn back, you can do that too.
Is it worth the climb all the way to the top, even when done safely via the Loterie Farm trail?
If you get to the top, it is probably a great view. I don't know. We only went up half way, but there were some great views even from where we went. Whether a great view is worth the climb is up to you. We didn't do it for the view. We did it because the climb takes you through something like a rain forest. Nothing like this exists anywhere else on the island. It is beautiful. Having gone up half way up, and spent an hour in this beautiful environment, we both enjoyed it thoroughly and we both recommend it heartily.