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Pinel Island

Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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Type: Beaches, Islands
Traveler Description: Pinel Island is a little gem just a short boat ride off French Cul-de-sac. It's located in the heart of the Marine Park of St Martin. Regular ferrys... more »
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Madison, Indiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

On my second trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin I discovered Pinel Island and loved it. It is a fairly inexpensive ferry ride and I suggest you get there early to rent a chair and claim your spot. It is very relaxing with the option of lounging, eating, swimming, or hiking. You can pack a cooler or eat at the fantastic... More

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Danvers, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is a quick little boat ride over to Pinel, there are restaurants, a beautiful beach, clean calm water and great snorkeling too .

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We rented kayaks and paddled over to the island. We had a lot of fun in the water, which wasn't deep at all but really clear! We ales enjoyed walking around the island on the little paths. Costs money to get here but it's fun! Seemed hotter here than on the main island though.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were here in low season, and it was crowded. I can't imagine how high season would be. We took a kayak ($25) to get to the island. There were a lot of boats anchored near the beach, which kind of got annoying. The boats took up a lot of the swimming space, and some of them were playing loud... More

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Denver, Colorado
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We kayaker from French cul de sac and it was with the trip to check out the beach. You can also buy a $6 rt ferry to the island if you don't want to kayak. There is a preserve so we hoped for great snorkeling but we really weren't impressed. Still a beautiful beach with a couple of kind of... More

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Bolton, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was a crowded tourist place with nice sandy beach and a restaurant or two. Coolest part was the 20 or more iguanas that live near the restaurant and are obviously hand fed daily by tourist because they were quite gentle and not snappy like some others we have fed in other places. VERY green iguanas - take some fruit.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was one of the stops on our day trip from our cruise. There is a restaurant, bar and gift shop on the island. Lots of beach chairs and such. There is a walking trail around island if you want to see iguanas, birds and other local wildlife. The beach is beautiful and clean.

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Redondo Beach, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A short $10.00 r/t ride on a boat over to the quaint tiny island of Pinel ... spend the day, a few hours ... one restaurant and bar, lounge chairs with umbrellas for rent ... even a table out in the ocean that the waiters will bring your drinks out to ... there is a snorkeling preserve that was fun... More

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Towanda, Kansas
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Very calm waves usually the island protects you. The beach area furthest away from the unloading and loading area for the water taxis is the best. Must try the squid.

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Small island of the coast of St. Marteen, You get there by boat only and you get to this small paradise island with only one restaurant and a small souvenir shop. The beach is so beautiful and the water so clear that you wont believe it. At the restaurant when you order lobster they go down to the beach and... More

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