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Pinel Island

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Address: Orient Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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+590 690 33-8833

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St Martin Kayak Rental to Pinel Island
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Small, beautiful, a fun 13 minute boat ride to swimming in crystal clear, blue emerald colored waters. Price for the boat ride $12.00 U S for round trip PP. Great bartenders... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Bill L
Eucha, Oklahoma
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Compared to Orient Bay Beach the waters were much nicer, but this was all about it. You pay 10€ per person for the short boat ride to get there and the place is crammed with sunbeds (25 € for two persons incl. umbrella ). Possibly I am spoiled by having seen so many beaches during my travels but I rate... More 

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Eucha, Oklahoma
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small, beautiful, a fun 13 minute boat ride to swimming in crystal clear, blue emerald colored waters. Price for the boat ride $12.00 U S for round trip PP. Great bartenders & drinks made by friendly folks. Yes, they do charge for the umbrellas, & two chairs. About $24.00. Soft white sand, clean beaches & semi jungle scrub stuff that... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked a private package through Caribbean Paddling of St. Maarten, departing from the cruise ship port -Phillipsburg via included taxi with a delightful woman Joyce - (Joyce's Taxi Services mobile French side 06 90 40 74 97, Dutch side 00 599 553 1900). She was very personable and able to provide History and color during the ride to Caribbean... More 

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wilmington, ma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We rented Kayaks at Caribbean Paddling next to the ferry launch and parking lot. The people there we very nice and helpful. Rentals were very reasonable at $15 pp/day. It is a relatively short paddle over to Pinel with a small island/beach in between for a rest. The water is very shallow out to the islands. On Pinel, you pull... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked to the quiet side of the island ( 20 mins) it was paradise - came back to the other side to eat and drink - loved Pinel will come back for sure

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small, Overpriced, captive audience. 25.00 chair rental, 12.00 3 minute ferry ride. Rent a car for theother great beaches.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good island. Good beach. Good water. Snorkeling below average. One thing that surprised me is it is mostly a cash deal as the only thing they took credit cards were the food / liquor bill. With my wife and I, as mentioned $12 each ($24) for ferry, $25 for chair and umbrella, tip for beer / food runner $15. That... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Travelled to St. Maarten over the holidays, staying at Orient Beach. Spent a day on Pinel Island and it was wonderful. To get to Pinel Island, you travel via water taxi from Grand Case- short ride and taxi runs often. There are two beach bars on the island and the BEST gift shop. We rented beach chairs and spent the... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought St Martin had no private beaches, but experience (a rather bad one) showed me otherwise. The Island is tiny and lovely, and well worth a visit but only if you are comfortable with paying their $25 beach chair and umbrella fee. I had a drink first at the Karibuni Restaurant counter and then went on to sit on... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place. There's a nice trail along which there are stunning panoramic vistas. Lots of iguanas. The back side of the island is a coral reef. What you need to know is that it costs $12 per person to get there from St Martin by skiff, and $25 to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella. There are... More 

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