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A Gem In The Caribbean - St. Martin and Pinel Island | Ilet Pinel!


Conch shell at Pinel Island
Conch shell at Pinel Island

We were looking for a nice day trip from St. Martin to make the most of exploring the area and settled on exploring Pinel Island or Ilet Pinel. White sandy beaches and crystal clear water with good snorkeling? Yes please! Pinel Island here we come!



Fish swimming by while snorkeling
Fish swimming by while snorkeling




Pinel Island is off the coast of St. Martin and is a protected beach on a nature preserve. It's absolutely gorgeous!








Sea urchin while snorkeling
Sea urchin while snorkeling

It's currently about $12 USD to take the ferry over to the island. The ferry does run every 30 minutes and it's only about a ten minute ride. Or you can kayak it if you prefer. We had kids-we took the ferry.


There are facilities, there are restaurants, chair rentals, etc.




Two kids playing on the beach at Pinel Island
Having fun in the sand!


There was plenty of area for the kids to play in the sand and on the beach and no waves, so zero entry on the water.


I will mention, for those interested, this may be a topless beach. Just don't want you to freak out. Thongs are acceptable too, if you so desire.



All in all, Ilet Pinel | Pinel Island is a great day trip to take in even more of the St. Martin experience in the Caribbean. Enjoy!

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