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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: Islands, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Islands, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Topless optional
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Baltimore, Maryland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

A short $13 ferry ride will take you over to Pinel. They run every half hour. Be warned, the area where you board the ferry smells really bad. The seaweed washes up in piles then the sun beats down on it all day essentially rotting it. But as soon as you get on the ferry and head out the smell... More 

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

You can rent a kayak at Pinel island this year (stop by Caribbean Padding in Cul de Sac to arrange it) but Kayak over to Pinel if the water is relatively calm. You'll avoid having to wait for the ferry. The only downside is the launch area for the kayaks in Cul de Sac is mucky and has a methane... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I traveled to Pinel Island just last week and had a great time once arriving to Pinel Island itself. What was less appealing was arriving at the ferry in Cul de Sac. The entire area reeked of sewage, which was evident in the stagnant water at the shoreline. Oddly enough, the booth for Caribbean Paddling was located here. The idea... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We visited in off season and it was pure paradise. A short boat ride over gave us a quiet relaxing day with a private beach and two amazing bar/restaurants. It was definitely busier on the day that a cruise ship had come in but still no more than 15 people. There is an area covered in iguanas laying out getting... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

It is a beautiful beach. And very relaxing, not nearly as crowded as many of the other area places can be. Shallow water, and gentle waves, great for just floating in the water or snorkeling. We were on the side with the Karibuni restaurant. Fantastic service and food! (Think fresh caught lobsters delivered to your chair...). And when you need... More 

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours here while on a cruise. We hired round trip transportation, as there are no taxis waiting at the Ferry. We had a wonderful time! We caught the first ferry at 10am and had our choice of chairs and umbrellas. We chose to sit right on the point at Karibuni. It did get busier around lunch... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was unique. A short boat ride ($13.00 each) to the island. Beach chairs for rent ($25 for two & umbrella). Good sand and swimming. There is some limited snorkeling but they advised not to waste the time due to the water being cloudy from windy conditions. Be sure to take the walk around the island, Keens or something better... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Everything you need is located here for a great day with the family. Beach, chairs & umbrella, toys, drinks, and food. All excellent.

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Newport News, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Beautiful island with great beaches. They will try to charge you $20 for a chair and the food is ridiculous. Wander around and see the iguanas and the scenic lookouts. If you can, walk to the ocean side and you will find a mostly empty secluded beach. We rented kayaks and paddled over there for the afternoon. The water taxi... More 

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Halifax
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were very excited to visit Pinel for the day. This was our 2nd time there and unfortunately we were disappointed this time around. The service at the Yellow Beach restaurant was poor, had to get own menus, had to go to the bar to place our order, had to ask for the check. The staff were more interested in... More 

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