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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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English first
Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

definitely worth the short boat ride to the island. limited number of folks they allow on the island so does not get as crowded as orient beach - most of the cruise ship folks don't go either. French section cost a bit more for chair/umbrella but worth the added quiet

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed this beautiful beach....the water was gorgeous. Was not to happy with the topless women as I had kids with me but that's how it goes in St Martin's French side and environs.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Cul de Sac bay to rent kayaks to kayak to Pinel. The kayak stand is on the beach and there is a LOT of seaweed right there and it smells horribly! I believe the kayaks were $10 per person for a 2 person kayak, I do not remember the price exactly. We did the... More

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New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a real highlight during our visit to St Maarten. Pinel island is only a 5 min boat ride off Cul-de-Sac. $10 round trip, the boat runs every half an hour. Beautiful clean sand, shallow waters, 2 beach bars, umbrellas/chairs for rent. We really enjoyed our trip there. Not much fish though, so I would not go snorkeling there.

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Rahway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We went to Pinel for just a short stop on a boat trip. If I ever go back to SXM I will go there for a day. Plenty of shallow water, lovely beach and drinks that were DELISH!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had visited SXM a few times but never went to Pinel, so we decided to give it a try this time. Inexpensive boat ride to get on the island, only $20 for two people, both ways. Also on a side note the snack stand in the parking lot has AMAZING food, for $3.50 I had a crab sandwich on... More

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Colonie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Took the ferry over, $10 round trip, brought our floats,rented two lounge chairs and an umbrella for $20 and relaxed for the afternoon. You can bring your own picnic of French bread and Dutch cheese or have lunch at the Yellow Beach Bar - they take credit cards now.

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Aurora, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one place you have to visit while in St. Maarten. Take a day trip from Cul de Sac and rent a kayak from Caribbean Paddle. Paddle over and stop at a small private island along the way. Nice snorkeling and lots of iguanas to feed right from your hand!! Great food and very relaxing!!

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Marco Island, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stopped here off a snorkel trip and had guavaberry coladas at Yellow Bar. Yummy! Nice beach and snorkel area, feed the sugar birds and iguanas! You can take a ferry over for the day

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited Pinel Island last week for an entire day and could not say more good things about it. We took a 10:30am ferry over and returned around 3:45pm. We chose to rent chairs on the small beach around the corner from the docking area and the French waiter was wonderfully attentive all day. The water was so calm and... More

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