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Address: Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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St Maarten Speed Boat and Snorkeling Tour

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Excellent place to hang out

So many things to do on this great island, hiking,swimming,snorkelling,eating, drinking and best of all people watching! There is a water taxi that will bring you over from Cul... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

So many things to do on this great island, hiking,swimming,snorkelling,eating, drinking and best of all people watching! There is a water taxi that will bring you over from Cul de Sac and return when you want. We normally visit by yacht so we get to stay overnight when all the tourists have gone.

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churchville,PA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Went to Pinel on Capt. Alans snorkling excursion out of Oyster Bay. It is a short fun trip by boat. Prepare to get wet. Once at Pinel your in crystal clear water looking for Turtles and other sea life. Alan provides the equipment as well as lunch and beverages. I swam with one sea turtle for about 15 minutes. A... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place is a gem. I am so glad we went. You take a small ferry boat for about 5 minutes and get transported to tranquil heaven! Great food and just a great place to relax. Very calm and shallow water. We will definitely be back!

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El Cajon, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This little gem of an island just off the coast on the northeast French side was the highlight of our trip. Pinel island is reached by ferry (and I use the term loosely) from a small dock at Cul-de-Sac. There you can catch a ride in a small boat (seats 28 if you get close to your neighbor) with wooden... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The beach offers a gentle slope that is perfect for small children. Chairs rent for 2/$25. This was recommended by locals, but there are many beaches that are much nicer on the main island. This wouldn't be on my list of repeat visits.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

Gee...What a mess! Go to Anse Marcel Beach instead. The boat was dirty. The dock and surrounding nearby area was disgusting. Even an old engine just laying next to the dock with garbage everywhere. Got there..Boat felt unsafe....Paid more than the going rate for food and beer. No shelter other than the paid for umbrellas. If you want a secluded... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is great a little island with a little bit everything from a beach club with in water service to a private secluded beach. You can get to the island by ferry or by kayak. We tried both on the days we visited. If the wind is not blowing to hard I would recommend the kayak. The cost for a... More 

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Scotch Plains
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Super beautiful. Small beach turquoise water. Great restaurant. I d had the exotic salad. YUMMY this place was cool and luxurious. You have to take the ferry from Grand Case. $12.00

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a very pretty place and the restaurant has good food and service but it can get crowded. Be sure to walk around to the far side of the island and not stay on the beach where the ferry lands.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Ilet Pinel is a small island off the coast of the town of Cul du Sac on the north side of St. Martin. You need to take a small local boat to get their. Price is $6 each way per person. No tickets, just pay when you board. Boat runs every 30 minutes. When going, check with the ferry crew... More 

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