Top 10 Things in Pinel Island
Pinel Island or in French Ilet Pinel is a small and quiet island on the north end of St. Martin, 5 minutes off the shores of French Cul de Sac and a few hundred yards off the northwestern end of Orient Bay. Pinel Island is the place where residents of St. Martin and St. Maarten go to relax, swim and barbeque especially on weekends and holidays. There is a wide sandy area at the end of the road at French Cul de Sac where you find the ferry station, a dock and a parking space. There is also a shack that rents out kayaks. Small ferry boats are waiting there to bring you over to Pinel Island for a reasonable fee. It is a short five minute ride with the ferry boat on the calm and shallow waters for a relaxing day of exploring, sunbathing, or a picnic on this tropical small island.
There are no cars, no roads and no bank or ATM machine; however you will find some beach bar restaurants and a gift shop. Topless sunning is allowed on Pinel Island. The shallow and clear waters make this tiny island very popular for a relaxing day trip.