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“Steep climb to dead end”
Review of Paradise Peak

Paradise Peak
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Owner description: Those who hike to the top of the island's highest mountain are rewarded with wonderful views.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Steep climb to dead end”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I read far too many reviews telling visitors to beward of leaving you car at the top of the road. So, we didn't. Indeed it is a very steep road (though not the steepest on the island! Trust me!). Kept little 4-banger in Drive1 and pedal to the metal and got to the top. Met locked gates and no parking to be had. There is perhaps a small turn, VERY SMALL, turn-off from the road. No parking area to speak of. Too many people have had cars broken into here so we just chalked it up as a nice scenic drive. Turned around and went back down. Still had nice views but we didn't park and hike to the top. If you want to do that I'd suggest parking at Loterie Farm and trying from there.

Visited January 2013
6 Thank JCGConnecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great Spot Used for Telecom Towers”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

This ought to be a great place to see the island and surrounding seas but the vantage points are limited as the top is taken up mostly by telecom towers. On the other hand, an exciting drive up a steep and narrow road - don't need a 4x4 for this - leaves only a short walk to get to those two view points.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great views - steep road”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

The views from Pic Paradis are fantastic! There is a turn off that has a deck for viewing about halfway up the mountain. You can keep going all the way to the top but it has a pretty anticlimactic end when you encounter a chainlink fence that blocks the road (I think it is owned by the power company?). We literally used about 1/4 of a tank of gas to get up the steep road... and prayed that the brakes on our rental car didnt give out on the way down. If you have extra time it is worth the drive, but I wouldnt prioritize it as there is not much to do once you get up there.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank gdawh10
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Lunenburg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wonderful view of the island after an interesting drive”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The view from Paradise Peak is probably the best on the island. We spent quite awhile admiring the views and taking photos. The vegitation is beautiful and varied. The terrain is slightly rough but manageable. The only downside is the drive up to the peak.

Visited November 2012
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St. Maarten
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great views from both sides of the island”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

Be careful going up, take a 4x4 and be vigilant when you park and walk around. The place is known for riff raff mugging tourists, so it's better to go with a large group. But the views are excellent!!! Don't go late in the afternoon as the sun will spoil your pictures.

6 Thank Sergio H
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