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Pinel Island

Address: Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour
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Type: Beaches, Islands, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Topless optional
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Beaches, Islands, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Topless optional
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Rye Brook, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Paddle on over to Pinel Island for a fun family excursion. You can rent a lounge chair, have lunch, enjoy cocktails, hike, snorkel or just people watch. Either way, head on over to Pinel for a fun afternoon.

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Aylmer, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

12USD to get there, 25USD to have some shade. If you only want to lay on the beach, Gallion is free of all that. Beside this it is really a nice place especially if you walk to the other side where the waves are... 15 min walk. Be carefull at restaurant, pricey and lobster is too cooked and end up... More 

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Keswick
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The beach was packed, the water full of seaweed, the other travelers overall obnoxious, service staff douchey without large tips. There are far nicer areas/beaches/beach bars to experience without paying a premium to attend. And by that I mean the $12usd pp to take a 2 minute boat there and back.

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I hate to write too much about this place. We were totally unaware of its existence until we dropped anchor there during our snorkel tour with Captain Alan's group. This is one of the coolest spots in the Caribbean....a must see when in St.Maarten/St.Martin!

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We rented a kayak in cul de sac & then went across the sea and had a nice time on the island. We hiked over to the north shore and snorkeled. We were at first surprised that it was a nude beach,but it is very big and there was lots of space,so no problems.The snorkeling was the best !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I was so pleasantly surprised on how beautiful this little island is.. I really don't get those that have had negative comments about Pinel.. 1st the ocean was incredible, we rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $25 which is the normal cost everywhere on the island. We ate at the restaurant which we were treated so well and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

beautiful island. We weren't there long enough to make a full review but it appeared to have all you needed for an enjoyable day. Food, drinks, sand, sun and beautiful water. Even a small place for souvenir shopping.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stopped at Pinel Island as part of a prebooked multi-island tour. The beach was beautiful but clearly over-packed with multiple people (hardly any room). The only shop was overpriced and did not contain local "one-of-a-kind" souvenirs as our boat tour guide had suggested. Rather disappointing

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Montreal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was not impressed by this beach at all. I do not think it is worth the time and/or money. There are so many other more beautiful beaches to choose from. I would not return to Pinel on my next trip to St.Martin. The beach is small and crowded and the water is very shallow and calm but not the... More 

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Blackstone, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a pretty little island with a swimming beach on one side and snorkeling on the other side.. You need to take the ferry for $13 to get there. The prices for umbrella and chair rental are $10 higher than on the main island of St Martin since there only two beach restaurants there. The food prices are also... More 

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