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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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English first
Venice, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We drove to the Ferry and took it across to the Island. Nice bar on the beach right as you get off. We had burgers and beer and it was good and reasonably priced. The beach there is very nice. We took the snorkel trail and went snorkeling. The ramp to enter the water is almost impossible to use due... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Pinel is on the French side of the Island. It is a 15 minute cab ride and a 5 minute boat ride. The water is shallow and dreamy. The beaches are gorgeous. Feeding the iguanas was a highlight to our day. Pricey but worth it. Bring Euro's to pay for lunch better rate.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Difficult to get to from the Dutch side. On the northeast part of the island (French). Boat trip costs about $7.00 per person, round trip and once you arrive on the island you will need to pay for a chair and umbrella. Beach is beautiful.Water is pristine. There are a few restaurants for lunch - all good for a quick... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

When going to St Maarten Pinal island is a must visit. Two great restaurants on a beautiful beach. Enjoy the water while sipping on a tropical drink or cold local beer

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We stopped off at Pinel Island for snorkelling, but mostly for a break, lunch and some more drinks. The tour was amazing, and we had never seen water so crystal clear blue. Absolutely breath taking!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our sailboat was parked aways off Pinel Island. A few brave souls aboard decided to take the rubber raft onto Pinel. They were for a bar there. The island was completely dark. They turned around and came back. We could hear voices on the island so there were people there. Next morning they were setting out chairs for the tourists... More

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Chapin, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Incredible place! The sewer smell at the ferry is from decomposing seaweed which is normal. Once at Pinel, we found an island that was spectacular! Water was gin clear and warm as bath water! Fun having wine brought out to us with a table stuck in the sand! We loved it!

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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Came here during low season (Sept 12) and it was pretty dead. Both restaurants had reduced their selection of foods available. Had a mixed drink at one of them for $7 which I thought was a bit pricey. The ride to the island was $10 for a round trip and the ferry comes every 30 minutes. Because it was low... More

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Martinique
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you want to spent a relaxing day with on the beach, just 10 minutes away by boat from Saint Martin, this is the place. Tiny island with a bar and music. The top of this island - you can have a bottle of wine , or champagne, or langouste served on the bistro table DIRECTLY in the sea. It... More

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Toronto
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104 reviews 104 reviews
18 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Pinel island is great for a family trip. Ten dollars each for the ferry, and once you are there you see a pretty nice beach with couple of restaurants. The water is calm so perfect for smal kids, and a colony of iguanas provides interesting entertainment.. The restaurants are pricey with average quality food. If one is motivated and has... More

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