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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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were wrestling with where to go from our cruise ship when in St. Maarten, trying to determine if we wanted to go to Dawn's Beach, Orient Beach, or Pinel Island. Since no kids were with us for a change, we opted with something a little different. If you come via cruise into the Dutch side, there is an area... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were supposed to go on Captain Alan's snorkeling charter, but I mistakenly saved only the part of the email that said what time the boat leaves, not what time we meet to get on the boat. Oops. In an attempt to salvage our day, we took a ferry to Pinel Island. It was definitely a good idea. The island... More

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CT
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Pinel Island was beautiful and a nice escape. It was VERY hot there with little to no breeze. the ferry from the cul d sac was only $10 roundtrip. nowhere to change except the bathrooms and the bathrooms left a lot to be desired. Rent chairs and an umbrella for $20. Ferry's go every 30 minutes.

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Albuquerque, NM
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59 reviews 59 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went on a day when the wind was making the water rough, so swimming anywhere but the main bay was out of the question. Still, we prowled around the island, fed several iguanas, found lots of shells and coral (small pieces) and lounged on the south side. When we returned to the main bay, we had fun snorkeling, seeing... More

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Hamilton, ON
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If going, I suggest getting there by kayak (search for Caribbean Paddling) rather than taking the ferry. Take cash as you will need to rent chairs and umbrellas if you want them. The food on the island (2 restaurants) isn't horribly overpriced but isn't cheap. We found the snorkelling to be a bit disappointing though we did get to see... 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
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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