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Pinel Island

Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour
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Type: Islands, Beaches, Outdoors
Owner description: Topless optional
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Islands, Beaches, Outdoors
Owner description: Topless optional
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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English first
Wilmington, Delaware
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Five minute ferry ride from French Cul-de-sac to beautiful beach (a little crowded). walking trail, and lots of iguanas. Nice beach bar/restaurant. Walk to the other side of the island where there's coral, snorkeling.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Travel by small ferry to Pinel. Wonderful beach great restaurant. This is a great place to go with kids. Water is calm and beach is sandy. Don,t leave without a meal at the island restaurant. The food is great and the staff friendly. A great way to spend the day

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We kayaked over. It took about 25 mins into the wind and 15 on the way back with a tail wind. We snorkeled the marine reserve reef. We had done the same 2 yrs ago. The recent hurricane had degraded the reef. We then hiked over the hilltop which had many nice views and is well worth the walk. We... More 

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Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We went twice the Pinel Island, just because it was very relaxing to be able to let our son run on the beach without any worry. The food is great, the service on the island very friendly. Do not try to engage a conversation with locals. They are usually not to be bothered and will give you directions that will... More 

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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We went over on the ferry a small open boat captained by the friendly Capt. Larmony, whose family have been on the island for generations. It's a beautiful little island and well marked with walking tracks and tours. The island is protected by Reserve Naturelle. We did some snorkelling and got really close to the schools of needle fish. Remember... More 

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reinbeck
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We rented kayaks and went over for the day. took fishing equipment as we were told we could fish on the bay where we launched our kayaks. Then on the island we were told we couldn't fish anywhere. I think the information on the island was wrong but what do you do? So we didn't fish! The paddle over was... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I love going to Pinel Island each year, the water is always crystal clear and very calm. The two restaurants on the island are fantastic. We usually go twice so we can alternate restaurants.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The beach is beautiful and the water is nice and calm. But, there is a charge per person for the ferry, a charge per chair, and the food/drinks are expensive. So by the time you pay for a round trip ferry and the round trip cab (or rental car) and the chairs, you may be better off to upgrade to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Great swimming and iguana watching. Calm, protected cove was nice for relaxing and swimming. We didn't try snorkeling here but may be worthwhile.

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Towanda, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

You have to take a ferry, which cost $13. each. This might be a drawback to some. However, those who go, they will love it. Calmest water on the island. We love the round the corner restaurant. French food is delightful, as well as their waitor, Fabian. There is also a cute little gift shop. Perfect for the fun in... More 

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