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Pic Paradise - Robbed

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Pic Paradise - Robbed

My husband and I rented a car in St. Marteen, we drove to the top of Pic Paradise looking over Orient Bay in Marigot. We got out of our jeep, walked 5 feet, took a pic and walked back to the jeep to find that we were robbed of all our money. TRAVELLERS BEWARE it is well known amongst the locals that there are people waiting in the bushes to rob the tourists looking to take a picture of Pic Paradise. We didn't consider taking our belongings out of the jeep because we thought we were in complete isolation. We drove up hill for 30 minutes and did not see one person. We are very smart travellers, we were totally taken by surprise.

Be careful. Reading on the net, I have found many similar stories from people who were chased with knives, machetes, screwdrivers etc. We were lucky.

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1. Re: Pic Paradise - Robbed

Theft and Robberies seem to be very common now at Pic Paradise/Paradise Peak.

When I rented my car the guy there specifically told me NOT to go there because of theft and robberies.

Never leave valuable stuff in your car ever, even if it is just 5 minutes.

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2. Re: Pic Paradise - Robbed

unfortunately you take some risk visiting isolated area's in St. Martin. My wife and I visited an beautiful isolated beach in the terres Bases area a few years back and by chance discovered we were not alone when we spotted a guy standing not 10 feet away in the bushes behind us. I imagine he was just waiting for me to go in the water while he did some shopping but luckily he took off when I got up and faced him. Better to explore some of these places in groups and leave jewelry and valuables locked up in safe when venturing off the beaten path. These are not isolated incidents. There are people on the island making thier daily living relieving tourists of thier belongings. Just like a visit to the Casino, only bring what you can afford to loose.

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