Based on the help of this forum, we chose to spend our one day on St Martin at Pinel Island. Everything went smooth from the taxi ride out, to the boat ride onto the island. We thought the main beach was OK, not great. It had a crowded feel to it. We were expecting a little more seclusion.
However, we really enjoyed walking over to the other side of the island. We had that whole beach to ourselves and found it to be a beautiful spot. We brought our own snorkel gear and the snorkeling was good. We only had to go a few feet into the water. Once we found this spot, we had no desire to go back to the other side. It helped that we had a cooler with plenty of cold drinks and snacks. There are no facilities/ restaurants on this side. My advice is to explore this tiny island and pick the best spot that makes you happy. We did and were pleased with our choice of Pinel Island.
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