Pinel Island

Pinel Island is a small paradise within the paradise of St Martin. Pinel is a small island part of the Nature Reserve of the French side of Saint Martin. Pinel island is nice spot for snorkeling in St Maarten. And you will also see plenty of Iguanas on Pinel island.
Pinel island has 2 beaches ! One beach that faces St Maarten which is a very sheltered sandy strip with shallow waters. Ideal for children, this beach of Pinel island is a perfect postcard of paradise with clear waters and white sand. The 2 restaurants of Pinel island lie on this beach. The second beach of Pinel island is much more exposed to the forces of nature because it faces the ocean on the other side of the island. But it is a very nice beach about 10 minutes walk away from the first beach where the Pinel island ferry will have you dropped you off.
The Pinel island ferry is not really a ferry but a traditional fish boat known as a “Saintoise”.  To reach Pinel island you take the ferry from the pontoon at Cul de Sac and it starts at 9.30 am and there is a ferry every 30 minutes. The Pinel island ferry will take you to your destination with a 10 minutes boat ride that costs less than $10 for the round trip.

And to prepare your trip you need to know where is Pinel island ! So you can look at our Map HERE or below.

Prepare your itinerary with our Map of Pinel Island St Martin


With over 40 miles of coastline, St Maarten has plenty of spaces to offer the best beaches located either toward the Atlantic Ocean or toward the Caribbean Sea.

St Martin features some of the world’s finest seascapes. From unspoiled, quiet shores to lively hubs of activity, every single one of St Maarten beach is unique and reflects the rich diversity of the island itself.
St Maarten has 37 beaches and many of them rank among the finest and the best beach in the Caribbean.

Whether you want to see sunset or sunrise,whether you want to relax or party, whether you want to enjoy fine lunch or local food, whether you want to practice some water sports or do some snorkeling you will find a St Martin beach that correspond to your envy and mood of the day. You have the choice between 37 beach in St Maarten.

You will find below a short description of every beach in St Martin ordered by popularity :

Maho Beach or Airport beach is world famous for its unique location right under the St Maarten Airport runway.
People enjoy the turquoise water, the beach, the restaurants and gather to watch the plane landing over their head or get the blast of the jets when the planes take off.
This is a must see and must experience ! Just be cautious ! Learn more about Maho Beach HERE.
Orient Beach is located Known as the “St Tropez of the Caribbean”. Orient beach, situated in the north eastern part of St Maarten island in Orient Bay, is one of the island’s largest and most popular beaches.
A naturist or nudist beach can be found to the extreme south of Orient beach.
Learn more about Orient Beach HERE.
Cupecoy beach has beautiful sandstone cliffs creating beautiful coves and caves, and as it faces the South West of St Maarten making it a nice spot to admire sunsets. Learn more about Cupecoy Beach HERE.
Simpson Beach is running along St Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International Airport) and the picturesque fishing village of Simpson Bay, this undeveloped strip of fine sand runs to the foot of the “Pointe Burgeaux” rocks.
Learn more about Simpson Bay Beach HERE.
Mullet Bay Beach is very popular with locals and tourists. The beach is fine sanded and stand on the edge of the golf course.
Learn more about Mullet Bay HERE.
Pinel island is a small ilet off coast St Martin on the french side. To get there you need to take the Pinel island ferry at Cul de sac and there is a rotation every 30 minutes starting at 9.30 am
Learn more about Pinel island HERE.
Tintamarre island is an inhabited island part of the French Natural reserve. Tintamarre has 2 beaches with one very protected from the wind while the other is open to the wind and is better fitted for snorkeling St Maarten.
Learn more about Tintamarre HERE.
Anse Marcel Beach is a sheltered and well developed beach in the north of St Martin island. As the bay is protected on both sides, the water here is calm.
Learn more about Anse Marcel HERE.
Baie de l’Embouchure Beach is Swept by the trade winds and protected from the Atlantic swell by a coral reef and the rocky islands of Coconut Grove, the bay offers perfect conditions for windsurfing all year round.
Learn more about Baie de l Embouchure HERE.
Burgeaux Beach is small beach nestled between the rocks of “Pointe Burgeaux” and Maho Beach.
Learn more about Burgeaux Beach HERE.
Cay Bay Beach is a small and very pretty cove beach.
Learn more about Cay Bay HERE.
Dawn Beach is a pretty beach that is fairly well protected.
Learn more about Dawn Beach HERE.
Friars Bay Beach is a nice and very famous beach thanks to its restaurants.
Learn more about Friars Bay HERE.
Galisbay Beach is a small and extremely calm beach located in Marigot.
Learn more about Galisbay Beach HERE.
Geneve Bay Beach is a very small beach and is more known for its natural pool.
Learn more about Geneve Bay HERE.
Grand Case Beach is one of the longest beach of St Maarten island. The beach is in the heart of Grand Case, St Martin
Learn more about Grand Case Beach HERE.
Grandes Cayes Beach is a long beach in the northern part of Saint Martin island.
Learn more about Grandes Cayes HERE.
Great Bay Beach is in the heart of Philipsburg,St. Maarten the capital of the Dutch side.
Learn more about Great Bay Beach HERE.
Green Cay is a small island with a quiet beach just in front of Orient Beach.
Learn more about Green Cay HERE.
Guana Bay Beach is a nice little beach on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten island.
Learn more about Guana Bay HERE.
Happy Bay is a small beach but very popular especially among the locals.
Learn more about Happy Bay HERE.
Indigo Bay Beach is a nice beach on the Dutch side of St. Maarten island.
Learn more about Indigo Bay HERE.
Kimsha Beach is a beach just off Simpson Bay road with some nice beach bars and water sports activities.
Learn more about Kimsha Beach HERE.
Little Bay Beach is a beach just outside Philipsburg St. Maarten.
Learn more about Little Bay HERE.
Long Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach with Luxury villas and the worldwide renowned Hotel La Samanna.
Learn more about Long Bay Beach HERE.
Lovers’ Beach is a tiny beach just outside Marigot, Saint Martin. It’s called “Plage des Amoureux” in French.
Learn more about Lovers beach HERE.
Lucas Bay Beach is the last beach on the French side of St Martin before the Dutch side on the eastern part of the island. Sometimes this beach is also called Coralita Beach.
Learn more about Lucas Bay Beach HERE.
Nettle Beach is long stretch of sand outside Marigot, St Martin with plenty hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Learn more about Nettle Beach HERE.
Pelican Key Beach is composed of several little stretch of sand dispersed among villas and several hotels resorts on the Dutch side of St Maarten island. Learn more about Pelican Key Beach HERE.
Petites Cayes Beach is a small reclusive beach located on the French side of St Martin island.
Learn more about Petites Cayes Beach HERE.
Plum Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach on the French side of St. Maarten island .
Learn more about Plum Bay Beach HERE.
Red Bay Beach is a long beach located on the French side of St Martin island.
Learn more about Red Bay HERE.

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