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Ilet Pinel

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A protected nature reserve, this kid-friendly island is a five-minute ferry ride from French Cul de Sac ($7 per person round-trip). The ferry runs every half hour from midmorning until dusk. The water is clear and shallow, and the shore is sheltered. If you like snorkeling, don your gear and paddle along both coasts of this pencil-shaped speck in the ocean. You can rent equipment on the island or in the parking lot before you board the ferry for about $10. Plan for lunch any day of the week at a palm-shaded beach hut, Karibuni (except in September, when it's closed) for the freshest fish, great salads, tapas, and drinks—try the frozen mojito for a treat. Amenities: food and drink; parking. Best for: swimming, snorkeling.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ilet Pinel, 97150
  • Location: St. Martin
Updated: 03-04-2014

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    Not Worth It

    It looks tempting, but it's not worth the time.
    People feed the fish, so there are plenty of barracuda, and few other larger fish. Snorkeling was poor.

    You must pay for ALL ammenities once you reach the island. Chairs, umbrellas, and food are EXPENSIVE.

    Stay on the Main Island. St. Martin has much better beaches to offer.

    by mesnorkle, 12/6/08
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    beautiful beach, great food.

    5 minute ferry ride from french cul de sac well worth it. beautiful beach, great snorkeling. great food.

    by bfecowycz, 12/4/08

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