Behind every great idea comes a great woman…with a not so great idea, occasionally…and this idea was one of those.
You see, sunset’s at St. Martin are usually reserved for Sunset Beach. Tourists pack up their car, drive to Sunset Beach, and sit on beach blankets waiting for the planes to fly into the airport. We, however, had a far better idea.
We made the last minute decision to ditch the norm and see the sunset at Pic du Paradis, the highest point in St. Martin. We heard that there was a road that lead up to it. It sounded promising, but therein lies our bad decision. We are going to drive up to Pic du Paradis, the highest point in St. Martin….in this:
That’s fine. We can make it, or so we thought. Maybe we should have reminded ourselves that we are in St. Martin.
A tid-bit about driving in St. Martin:St. Martin roads and driving in general on the island leaves much to be desired from a safety standpoint. Speed bumps and roundabouts are far more common than stop signs, yield signs, and traffic lights in St. Martin, specifically near our resort. Roads seem to be placed anywhere, safe or unsafe (usually the latter).
Fun fact for those who are driving in St. Martin: Without the use of stop signs many times you have to rely on the “person on the right has right of way” rule. If you are hit on the right you are at fault, but if you get hit anywhere else, they are at fault.
We entered the roads less traveled (but there are some AMAZING houses up there) and it became obvious the second Adam laid eyes on the road ahead of us. The first thing we spotted of the road to Pic du Paradis, the highest point in St. Martin, was a long, steep hill. It was pretty bumpy and not well maintained, but as long as you don’t have to stop for any reason, you’ll make it up the hill…I hoped.
I did not take pictures of those road because, let’s be real. I was more interested in living.
This should be interesting.
We are mildly out of shape. It’s over 90* and humid. We are walking up a steep inclining hill. Que red face, asthmatic breathing, and pools of sweat. Somehow, remarkably, we I made it to the top.
When we finally got to the top…AMAZING!
This is not Pic du Paradis. We took the wrong path and ended up at another gorgeous view:
This is Pic du Paradis:
A view of St. Barth’s:
After climbing to the top of St. Martin at the highest point, Pic du Paradis, I was fearful of how we would see on our way down through the switchbacks, so we walked back to our car and started the drive down. As we were almost to the bottom we pulled of just in time to see this:
There is nothing that I love more than sunsets! This one did not disappoint by any means! What’s a sunset without a little adventure along the way?
What do you like better, sunsets or sunrises? Where was your favorite sunset/sunrise?