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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 »
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Groveland, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Pinel Island is in a bay off the French side of St. Martin. A 5 minute “ferry” ride takes you to the other side of the bay for a $10 fee (ferry = 40 people packed in like sardines on a bench seat in a wooden boat). The only down side was the taxi fee to & from the Sonesta... More

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This excursion was not worth it. The cost of the ferry (10 euro each) was expected, but once we arrived we were shocked by small, crowded beaches and exorbitant prices for beach chairs and food. If you go, bring hiking shoes and walk to a remote side. Frankly, we saw no advantage over the beaches in town.

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Mitchell, Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent shallow beach, accessible only by boat (boat taxi available) has snorkelling, restaurant, souvenir shop and lots of friendly iguanas! A must-stop on your island adventure

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

First year here we took the ferry. Last two times, we rented the two person kayak. It put the visit on our schedule and we got there first. Kayak rental opens at 9:15. Ferry leaves at 10:00, and if you like crowded places, ride the ferry. After a short paddle, we pulled up on the beach, grabbed our chairs for... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you love the natural places this is one that you must visit , we stayed there and enjoy a wonderfull day, we practiced snorkel in the natural reserve, use one to the restaurant (only 2) they rent umbrellas and chair and we order a good food...really one of the best beaches

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Elora, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This island is off the beaten path and fairly quiet...which is what we wanted. Getting a can there wasn't a problem ($8-$9ea), getting back can be a challenge, so book your cab or ask a ferry driver to call for "one". I say that because that's what we did and he called a buddy of his (Charlie maybe?), not a... More

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E. Palatka, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you like party spots, this is the place to be. Not for me. Everyone said the iguanas were great, but wasn't interested in seeing them since I saw the best in Galapagos Islands.

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Minneapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We were only there for an hour, but we loved it! The restaurant had great drinks and the store was adorable. The water was crystal clear, warm and full of conch shells! The kids had a blast snorkeling in the shallow water. We're definitely going back for a longer stay.

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U.S.
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stopped here on a snorkeling tour, and it was nice but no comparison to Tintemarre Island, which has a glorious beach. Pinel has a couple of restaurants and a gift shop. The french food here looked amazing, though we had already eaten. The gift shop had some nice items such as coconut bird houses, clothing, etc. But watch your... More

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Epitome of a beach. beautiful protected ocean, fine sand, great dining and drinking, beach style, well maintained beach chairs and umbrellas and tables. A kind of if you have been to the finiest you must compare because to us this was best and most relaxing, sun drenched ocean play ground in the world. No power, no pollution, Ice chest full... More

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