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Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here in between snorkel stops. Beautiful place, you will love the clear turquoise waters. Somewhat crowded, but worth it. The lady in gift shop was not at all friendly, however everyone else we encountered definitely was. Iguanas are overfed and unpredictable yet interesting. You will be glad to spend time here.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Roger T
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Reviewed December 8, 2016

Here's the scoop on Pinel Island based upon a visit mid-November 2016. The first boat leaves for the island 9:45-10:00. Hoping to get an early start, arrived about 8:30 and watched them load the boats with supplies for the islands two restaurants, Karibuni and Yellow Beach. But the first boat to bring passengers is by 10:00. Remember this is island time! The cost is $12 per person. Feel free to bring food and beverages. Head to the left from the small dock when arrived where there are chaises and umbrellas to rent. The attendant from Karibuni will approach you for payment and will be happy to bring you whatever you'd like to eat or drink from their menu. There's an amazing sandbar from the Karibuni beach side. Enjoy the gorgeous water and perfect sand. You can enjoy a fabulous lunch at the Yellow Beach restaurant. The chicken caesar salads were one of the best ever, especially if you like anchovies. Highly recommend their fruit platter. Not only was the assortment of fruit amazing and delicious but the presentation was almost breathtaking! Someone's hard work did not go unnoticed. The iguanas congregate between the gift shop (Don't miss it as native birds flutter in and around birdhouses that are so sale) and Yellow Beach Restaurant. There are also hiking trails around the island. The last boat leaves the island 4:00 during the week and 5:00 on weekends. At least that is what happened when last visited. You will be informed by the boat captain regarding the last departure off the island when you leave the mainland. Pinel is truly a very special place that should not be missed!

Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
Thank sedona124
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

We drove to the end of the French side of the island to catch a ferry to Pinel Island. Ferry cost was $12.00 pp rt. Arriving on the beach - two chairs and an umbrella are $20. There is a bar there and beautiful water. There are actually 2 beaches there that connect. The farthest is optional topless. Order a bottle of wine, bucket of beer or bottle of champagne and have a table set up for you in the water. That's the way to do it. The island is on the National Geographic list for snorkeling and hiking. My husband hiked to the other side - make sure you take a bottle of water. He said it was absolutely beautiful. Unspoiled and natural. The cheapest tour to Pinel we saw when we first got to St. Maarten by a tour was $70.00 pp. Drive to the other side of the island. Easy to find. There is no hotel on this island.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Janie R
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

Don't forget to give this a try its a wonderful day at a wonderful beach where you can enjoy your cocktails in the water along with your cocktail TABLE! Pick out your lobster for lunch and have it served "their way" because its better....satisfaction guarantee with out a shadow of a doubt!

Stayed: August 2015
Thank komiller
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Reviewed April 3, 2016

If you don't go to Pinel at least 1 time on your trip you will be missing out. I don't even want to share how awesome it is because I don't want it to get busy.. but I need to have good juju so the universe gets me back there. Do NOT go to St. Martin without visiting this beach.

Stayed: February 2016
Thank Amy C
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