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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 »
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Triangle, NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Want a very good (4 star) visit to Pinel? Take the ferry, follow the crowd, get a chair at either of the places near the dock, have some drinks, some good food, enjoy the shallow waters and a wonderful, peaceful day on a beautiful island. Want an excellent (5 star) visit to Pinel? Take the ferry, ditch the crowds and... More

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Baytown, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A beautiful Island, great food, snorkeling, feeding the Iguanas, views and adventure. Bring shoes for walking the island paths so you dont miss out on all the Island has to offer. Save your salad for a fun experience feeding the Iguanas.

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Albany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a favorite for most of our group. It is a short ferry ride ($10 RT) which runs from 9-4pm. There are two low key beach resturants which you can rent chairs from and buy drinks. Otherwise, the sand and waters are beautiful on the one side of the island, the French cuisine is great, there are a few... More

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Woodside, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We took a snorkel trip to Pinel Island. the island had a bar/restaurant, chairs to rent and shopping. It was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend taking the short trip there by boat from St. Maarten.

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Melbourne, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We drove to the ferry which can be far if you are in Maho. Its very close to St. Maarten so its quick. The main beach with the bar is ok not great. We walked to the other side which was pretty rough seas so not for kids. Eco snorkel was nice but a little murky. Then we were done.... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went to this island by boat . Azure blue waters with a small bar and restaurant and a few small stalls with local gifts. You can feed the iguanas which are very tame a short walk from the beach. Very pretty unspoilt island definitely worth a trip . Lovely and quiet. Will return next year .

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Very relaxing and beautiful island with two restaurants and Shared toilet facilities but no shower to wash off the sand and salt water. There were 8 adults and two small kids with us. We paid for four beach chairs and two umbrellas for the day and we ate a fabulous lunch served right there on the beach. My only complaint... More

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birmingham, AL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This island was, by far, our favorite part of our entire St Martin trip. We went numerous times. It is easily accessible by ferry across French Cul-de-Sac. Our favorite side was the Karibuni... try the lobster (which they pull directly from the ocean) and the raspberry mojito is a must. Extremely calm on the Caribbean side with amazing views back... More

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New York, New York, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took the little ferry to Pinel after our Fitness Instructor recommended it. It is gorgeous, heart-stopping beautiful, the colors and contrasts are amazing. What I liked best is that it is so unpretentious and low-key. The ferry was full of young local families, no loud cruise-ship types, and we had the best day. There is a shack there that... More

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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place was recommended by some locals and it was a good beach, but not great. It is literally about a 5-10 min boat ride from the mainland on the frnech side and the cost was $8 USD for a return trip. You can also kayak to the island but I am not sure how much that costs. The island... More

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