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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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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We took the taxi and ferry to Pinel island for its renowned shallow water and ability to snorkel. Minor issue was the snorkel place was closed for a week (best to check in advance). Aside from the snorkelling, there is plenty of beautiful beach and a ice cream vending boat. 0 On the downside, all the beach chairs and beach... More

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We have been coming to St Maarten for years now and have never taken the boat over to Pinel. Well this year we had some friends with us and they wanted to check it out, I will ever go to St Maarten again without spending a day here, it is fantastic. The boat leaves from the cul d sac on... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Went to Pinel on October 9, 2014. Water had some brown seaweed and saw 5 jellyfish. Was told by locals the jellyfish are early this year normally in mid-November. Don't miss this beautiful spot because of these 2 issues. Snorkeling is great on opposite side of beach and on the other side of island. Due to more waves we didn't... More

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California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Going on a snorkeling venture included lunch on Pinel Island and a chance to feed the local Iguana families. We also swam in the cove , having an opportunity to bask in the sun, while enjoying the blue water. There are lounge chairs, umbrellas, and clean toilets . A wonderful place to visit on St. Maarten.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A lovely little off island trip, leaving from Cul de Sac with a $10 pp ferry ride. We always take a cooler, but the restaurant is well stocked with "bar fare" and a wide variety of cold drinks. Great beachside service with Steve. Snorkle gear recommended, nice gift shop with jewelry, beachwear and souvenirs. Take cash and LOTS of sunscreen,... More

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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Arriving to the ferry dock that transports you to Pinel Island was a bad beginning. There was a wicked stench which was almost too much to bear. Once aboard the 10 minute ride was refreshing and we were really anticipating a wonderful day. Instead, we experienced a stiffing hot day, jelly fish in the swimming area and a few too... More

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Venice, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We drove to the Ferry and took it across to the Island. Nice bar on the beach right as you get off. We had burgers and beer and it was good and reasonably priced. The beach there is very nice. We took the snorkel trail and went snorkeling. The ramp to enter the water is almost impossible to use due... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Pinel is on the French side of the Island. It is a 15 minute cab ride and a 5 minute boat ride. The water is shallow and dreamy. The beaches are gorgeous. Feeding the iguanas was a highlight to our day. Pricey but worth it. Bring Euro's to pay for lunch better rate.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Difficult to get to from the Dutch side. On the northeast part of the island (French). Boat trip costs about $7.00 per person, round trip and once you arrive on the island you will need to pay for a chair and umbrella. Beach is beautiful.Water is pristine. There are a few restaurants for lunch - all good for a quick... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

When going to St Maarten Pinal island is a must visit. Two great restaurants on a beautiful beach. Enjoy the water while sipping on a tropical drink or cold local beer

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