Pinel Island, Orient Bay

#2 of 6 in Nature in St. Maarten-St. Martin
Island · Nature / Park
Take a boat ride out to the soft sands of Pinel Island, and enjoy a sheltered beach with calm waters, lethargic iguanas basking in the sun, and lovely hiking trails circumnavigating the island. There’s great snorkeling to be had in the sandy-bottomed bay, and cold beverages to be enjoyed at the beach huts, which also serve food and sell basic beach supplies. Consider arriving early, as the beach will likely get busy. It’s worth bringing your own shade in the event that the beach's loungers and umbrellas are all taken. Use our Orient Bay trip planning site to visit Pinel Island on your trip to Orient Bay, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We went to Pinel Island mainly because of the snorkeling recommendation. The water is calm on the leeward side of the island but unfortunately the bay is very silted. The coral is all dead and grass.....  more »
  • You have to pay $12 each for boat ride over. Then you get there and one bar with one bartender and drink orders lined up that take forever to get. Only 1 rest. open other is closed. Hiking is on...  more »
  • The very best part of our trips to SXM. You take a wooden speed boat ( 12.00 per person round trip) to the Island and choose your chairs (25.00 for two chairs and an umbrella). Peaceful, easy to...  more »

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