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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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

First year here we took the ferry. Last two times, we rented the two person kayak. It put the visit on our schedule and we got there first. Kayak rental opens at 9:15. Ferry leaves at 10:00, and if you like crowded places, ride the ferry. After a short paddle, we pulled up on the beach, grabbed our chairs for... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you love the natural places this is one that you must visit , we stayed there and enjoy a wonderfull day, we practiced snorkel in the natural reserve, use one to the restaurant (only 2) they rent umbrellas and chair and we order a good food...really one of the best beaches

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Elora, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This island is off the beaten path and fairly quiet...which is what we wanted. Getting a can there wasn't a problem ($8-$9ea), getting back can be a challenge, so book your cab or ask a ferry driver to call for "one". I say that because that's what we did and he called a buddy of his (Charlie maybe?), not a... More

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E. Palatka, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you like party spots, this is the place to be. Not for me. Everyone said the iguanas were great, but wasn't interested in seeing them since I saw the best in Galapagos Islands.

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Minneapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We were only there for an hour, but we loved it! The restaurant had great drinks and the store was adorable. The water was crystal clear, warm and full of conch shells! The kids had a blast snorkeling in the shallow water. We're definitely going back for a longer stay.

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U.S.
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stopped here on a snorkeling tour, and it was nice but no comparison to Tintemarre Island, which has a glorious beach. Pinel has a couple of restaurants and a gift shop. The french food here looked amazing, though we had already eaten. The gift shop had some nice items such as coconut bird houses, clothing, etc. But watch your... More

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Epitome of a beach. beautiful protected ocean, fine sand, great dining and drinking, beach style, well maintained beach chairs and umbrellas and tables. A kind of if you have been to the finiest you must compare because to us this was best and most relaxing, sun drenched ocean play ground in the world. No power, no pollution, Ice chest full... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place was just ok. It is a nice little island, but has been ruined by the commercialism. The ferry runs every half an hour, which seems a bit ridiculous as the ride is barely 5 minutes. I think the operators want to ensure a full boat and maximum profit. So you wait, ride over and disembark with 75 other... More

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Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The island is beautiful and peaceful, especially if you can avoid the throngs of people taking the ferry during the peak mid-day hours. Most people take the ferry however there is a stand right next to the ferry dock where you can rent a kayak and easily make the trip over to Pinel and just leave your kayak on the... More

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Bow, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

$25 for lounge chair rentals... Bring a towel instead or sit in the bar area. This is on the French side of St. Maarten, so topless sunbathing is allowed. There are a couple of easy hiking trails to the top of the island to escape the masses :)

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