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Pinel Island

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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“day trip”(173 reviews)
“boat ride”(91 reviews)
“cul de sac”(67 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 24, 2005

Pinel Island is a wonderful place for a day trip. It is located near Orient Beach. You can see the beach at Pinel when you are at Orient. To get there, drive to Cul de Sac, which in French means “end of the road”. You...More

49  Thank islndgirl
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 8, 2015

After coming back annually --,and this year, only six months ago -- this was always the highlight of our trip. The beach was beautiful, the waters calm and warm and clear, and even though lunch was terribly overpriced, we thought it worth $100 + euro...More

9  Thank GreaterJersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Things here now: toilets, hand washing, 2 excellent restaurants & bars, boutique for souvenirs, iguanas & hermit crabs, rental chairs & umbrellas. Private, natural side of island. Not here: snorkeling area, reduced size of the beach. Very few palm trees remain. Price of ferry to...More

Thank magicmarkert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Pinel specifically to snorkel as we have been here before. The protected area is no longer marked and the little entry platform was destroyed by Irma. There is this awful bright green algae growth covering most of the bottom where the snorkeling used...More

2  Thank KarenShattuck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a great cruise on NCL and when we arrived to St. Maarten on a tender that cost $10.00 a person which was fine. But they said the beach is beautiful and bring towels. So we arrived and like were attacked with people from...More

4  Thank bambee24
Reviewed October 2, 2018

An easy and short trip from France Cul du Sac, take the boat ($12 per person) and enjoy a full day on the island. After Irma one restaurant is back in business. The boat comes and goes every half hour so very convenient. A must...More

4  Thank Jackie S
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

What a great beach! Quick boat ride to Pinel Island. Enjoyed the beautiful clear shallow water. There are lounge chairs to rent as well as in water tables. Great staff, ready to serve you with many menu items to choose from and or your favorite...More

1  Thank laurallamson
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Nice beach with lots of accessible swimming in clear Caribbean waters. Easy access to water once on island. You get there via ferry that runs on the half hour in the mornings and on the hour in the afternoon (at least during my visit in...More

Thank 670charliep
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Monday when we were told the crowds would be less and this was a great tip. We were on the first ferry over with only a few others. It never got busy during our stay there. Pines Island was beautiful and...More

Thank 2jzge215
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We love coming to this island as it has beautiful blue waters and white sand beaches. This small island is only 10 minutes ride on a boat from St. Martin. It’s a lot quieter than the main beaches in St. Martin. It has a couple...More

1  Thank TandTravel
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My wife had introduced me to Isle Pinel long time ago for my Birthday and ever since then, its my favorite relaxation Beach. Its a quite beach.The water is crystal blue and calm , an excellent place to snorkel. The restaurants too have very good...More

1  Thank AlphaSxm
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

First you catch a little boat 10 minute ride to an island paradise where you could drink in the ocean and pick your own fish and lobster out of the ocean. Excellent barbecue

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Response from denis w | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can rent lounge chair ,two places ,same price $15 for the day . Two restaurant,both really good . You go to Pinel by boat 10€ both ways . Watch for the last boat 4pm on weekdays ,5pm on weekends. Boat are every 30... More