St Martin hiking is up there with the best hiking that can be enjoyed in the Caribbean islands. One of the main reasons why St Maarten trekking is so rewarding is that you are able to choose from over twenty miles of paths that provide wonderful views of the flora and fauna of this tropical island. While enjoying St Martin trekking, you will be able to hike all the way around the island along white sandy beaches in spots. There are also opportunities to climb the hills and mountains to view areas of St Martin from various perspectives. Another great hiking destination in the Caribbean is the Morne Trois Pitions National Park in Dominica, where you can enjoy the beauty of a rain forest.
One of the most popular St Maarten trails really includes
several trails that lead to Pic Paradis, or Paradise
Peak, the highest point on the island. St Martin hiking
enthusiasts agree that the trek up to this peak on St
Martin at 1,391 feet offers amazing views that are hard to imagine
until you reach the top. Along the way on this St Martin
trekking adventure you will be able to view Philipsburg,
the capital of St Maarten; Marigot,
the capital of St Martin, Orient
Bay, Simpson Bay Lagoon, and Orleans.
Trekking up to Fort Louis is also among the most popular St. Martin hiking adventures. Found in the town of Marigot, this fort is in ruins and is rather bare, but it is very interesting nonetheless, especially when you factor in the 360-degree views that can be enjoyed from its privileged vantage point. These views include images of the town of Marigot and the beautiful Caribbean waters that meet the St. Martin coast. The climb up the stairs to this historic and most important structure in Marigot is moderate and takes about 10 minutes. Signs along the way offer insight into various points of interest. The steps leading up to the fort can be accessed at the "sous préfecture" car park.
For another fantastic St. Martin hiking experience, you can strap on your boots and head for Petites Cayes. Found in the northernmost reaches of the island, Petites Cayes is an unspoiled beach that offers seclusion that is hard to beat. It is often deserted, as it is relatively difficult to access by means of a 35-minute trek through a natural reserve. At times, you may find that the trail can be hard to follow through the wild, natural area, but with the water always in view, it is easy to maintain your orientation. Keep an eye out for the stone ruins along the way. It is recommended to begin your hike to Petites Cayes from Anse Marcel where the Radisson is. Some hikers claim that another route that begins at the dump and recycling station in French Cul-de-Sac is a bit easier. And it follows along a coastal path, affording some splendid views of the sea.
For those who wish to further increase their St. Martin hiking options, the trek to Babbitt Point is worth considering. Babbitt Point is a high hill that rises up from the entrance of the bay. There are rock outcroppings and clusters to enjoy along the way to the top. Many hikers opt to use them as places to take a break, sit for a while, and enjoy the views, which are undeniably some of the best on the island. The walk up to Babbitt Point is relatively short and easy. Those who are looking for a little more exercise can continue on from Babbitt Point and hike to the wooden observation tower between Baie Lucas and Baie de l’Embouchure. Along this route are a hotel that suffered hurricane damage and Coralita Beach. To return, take the same route back or follow the road past the wooden tower, which leads you down the hill, past some riding stables, and back to the Babbitt area, where you can refuel with food and drink options.
Whether you have done any St Maarten trekking before or not, there are certain tips to remember. You will probably need to bring along water, for example, as the only place to find a drink is at Loterie Farm, which is one of the first sugar plantations on St Martin. Loterie Farm is also home to a unique adventure known as the Fly Zone. Visitors will be able to soar above the forest reserve while fitted with a harness and expert guides at your side.
Regardless of your St Martin trekking destination, you will notice that the terrain changes quite a bit, offering different environments and views. The higher you go, the more dense the plantlife tends to be, and don't be surprised if it gets at least a little bit cooler as you ascend. Natural and manmade attractions can be seen along the way on many of the trails, including beautiful homes that you may find yourself wishing that you owned. When hiking to the tops of hills, there are usually different choices for the path to take to go back down. This can include St Maarten trails to Orleans, the Dutch side of the island, and Orient Bay.
Many visitors enjoy finding St Martin hiking trails on their own, but generally speaking, it can be a good idea to book tours, especially if you are new to the island or are concerned about safety. These tours can include biking as well as hiking. To get a map of all the St Maarten trails, visit the tourist office.