How to Get to Pinel Island

  • By Ozzy
  • 25 Apr, 2017

The best way to get to Pinel Island:

A lot of people ask this question: how can I reach you and/or Pinel Island? For us residents of St Martin - St Maarten, this is quite simple: just follow the road! It really is simple since there is only one road on our island! But, for everyone else, it's not as easy.

There are three possible places you might be starting from...

  • a cruiseship.
  • somewhere on St Maarten.
  • somewhere on St Martin.

If you are coming from a cruise ship:

Simply ask for a taxi at the pier! The taxi ride lasts 30mn, is not too expensive and drop you right on the parking in front of Pinel Island. Don't forget to tell your driver to pick you up later!

Looking for a nice and professional driver? Ask us !

If you are staying on Sint Maarten:

You are usually around  Simpson Bay. Most of the hotels are there. This spot is the furthest away from us. Don't panic, it will take you only 30mn to reach us!
So, leave Simpson Bay (opposite direction of the airport) and drive until you reach the big roundabout. Don't go right. If you do, you will go to Philipsburg and there is a lot of traffic there! Follow the road towards Marigot. There, there is another roundabout. Continue straight and you will pass Marigot in 5mn. If it looks like there is some traffic in this street, go left at the roundabout and go straight towards the sea. At the corner there will be a drugstore. In front of you there will be a tiny street. Take it and you be on the sea front. Take a right, and then left. Follow the road until the next roundabout, then take a left and continue on your way. Pass through Grand-Case, and the next roundabout will be the last! Take a left and continue until the next crossroad. Anse Marcel is on the left, Pinel Island straight on!

If you are staying at Oyster Pond:

At the Westin Resort for example, this is much easier. Drive around the marina, follow the road around Fish Pond and pass through French Quarter. At the crossroad, take a right, drive until the roundabout, and take the right to Cul-de-Sac and Pinel Island.

If you are staying in Saint Martin:

It is easier. Your hotel is probably located in Marigot , so follow the sea front and the signs to Pinel. If you are by Orient Bay, take the main road until the roundabout and go right.

Once you arrive in Cul-de-Sac, you have one last choice to make: take the ferry or  kayak ?

The ferry leaves every 30mn from to 10am to 5pm (4pm in Summer) and returns every hour.

What are the benefits of kayaking?

  • Kayaks leave whenever you want
  • You can come back when you want, too (Up to 5pm)
  • You can access Little Key
  • We provide waterproof bags
  • No pollution. We are a proud partner of the  Marine Park .
  • It is fun, calm and quiet
  • We provide you all of the information about wildlife you can spot from the kayaks

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By Ozzy 06 Aug, 2017

Pinel Island is a well known destination for snorkeling but once you get there, it's not obvious to find the best spot. Whether you get there by kayak, paddle board or ferry, you need to take that opportunity to discover and explore the underwater world..! With its flat waters and its little to no current, the bay of Cul-de-Sac is one of the most accessible place for snorkeling, even for small kids and beginners.

So here are our top 3 recommendations:

  • Our number one spot is located at Little Key, which is the island before Pinel Island. Once on the tiny deserted beach, you can either start on the left or on the right of the beach. The left side will make you follow the shallow waters before the point of the island. That spot is interesting because of its easy access and its calm waters. All you have to do is to follow the underwater reef until the point, then you can come back (or try to find the numerous sea turtles) or keep snorkeling around the island.
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Living in Saint-Martin has many assets to offer. And one of them is that we have Islands closed by to travel to in no time, either for a day trip or for the week end. An Island Hoping paradise for everybody: the locals and the visitors! 

Anguilla is the British Island located at the North of Saint-Martin, less than 4 miles away. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water. This is the perfect Island for a relaxing getaway (beach, snorkeling, water activities…) since besides the magnificent coast, there is not much to do over there. 

Saba is located at the South West of Sint-Marteen and belongs to the Dutch. It is actually the highest land of Netherland! The landscape is the opposite from Anguilla’s (which is absolutely flat) and the particularity of this island is… It is a beachless Caribbean Island. How incredible, right? But no worries, you still have a lot to do over there, mostly sportive activities! Basically, Saba is well known for its beautiful hikes in the mountain with thousands of different plants & amazing deep dives with colorful reefs. This is a great alternative from the “beach style” vacations that most of the Caribbean Islands usually offer.

And the last, but not the least: Saint-Barth . We are sure that you have already heard of it, isn’t it? ☺ Saint-Barth is located at the west of Saint-Martin, and is accessible either by ferry (30 minutes of ferry ride), by charter plane (12 minutes of flight), with a helicopter (10 minutes of flight) or by private boat. This island is a pure gem! Famous to be the destination for the famous and rich people, this French island has everything to satisfy everybody’s tastes (but still pricey)! Hilly landscapes with amazing point of views of the deep blue & turquoise Caribbean sea, white sand beaches, great shopping (!!), 5 stars resorts or charming casual ones, gastronomic restaurants, hikes on the wild side, natural pools… And of course, all the water activities you can think of!

By Ozzy 16 Jun, 2017

Are you thinking of going to Pinel Island during your stay on Saint-Martin?

First, this is definitely a great idea that should be at the top of your “to do list”. Pinel is a must see, and spend the day over there is a guarantee of an unforgettable experience. 

Second, there is nothing easier! 

In Cul de Sac ferry station, the boats are departing everyday (except if the weather condition does not allow it) and at a very frequent times: every 30 minutes.

Basically, during high season, the ferries run from Monday through Sunday, from 9h30am until 5:00pm (same opening hours as Caribbean Paddling all year long ;)). During low season, the last ferry back from Pinel Island leaves at 4:00pm and you’d better not miss it if you do not want to spend the night with our favorite iguanas!

To sum up, in low season, renting your gear through us to spend the day on Pinel gives you an extra hour in P.A.R.A.D.I.S.E.

More time to enjoy the sun, the white sand beaches, the turquoise water, some snorkelling & paddling in the bay, and why not one last homemade cocktail? ;)

You will find bellow the ferry schedule to go to Pinel Island, according to the time of the year you will be visiting our friendly island. 

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A lot of people ask this question: how can I reach you and/or Pinel Island? For us residents of St Martin - St Maarten, this is quite simple: just follow the road! It really is simple since there is only one road on our island! But, for everyone else, it's not as easy.

There are three possible places you might be starting from...

  • a cruiseship.
  • somewhere on St Maarten.
  • somewhere on St Martin.
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This week, Mother Nature sent us a gift by providing us with a strong swell coming from storm Alex located in the Atlantic. That was the opportunity for us to test our brand new F-One Madeiro  paddle boards in real conditions. My good friend Johann was in the party, and Likka  was on the beach for the pictures.

After checking the swell at Baie aux Prunes, we finally ended at Anse des Pères for some nice take-off.

By Ozzy 01 Jan, 2017

Today , I met my new friend Barry and his girlfriend for another trip to St Martin! The meeting point: Maho Beach at the end of the runway of the airport Juliana !

There are 2 years , Barry had hired me 2 paddle boards had been already photographed at Maho Beach . His picture was even selected as picture of the year by the magazine  ! That was in 2011. This year, he returns by St Martin with his friends, and gave me a call about doing another photo shoot. There was just to bring 3 standup paddle boards before heading to the beach . After drinking a beer together at the legendary Sunset Cafe , it was time to get to the water.

After a beach start , we paddled 50m and we are aligned with the runway , we had only to wait for the aircrafts, hoping to see big ones! I 've been here several times with friends to Maho to watch planes from the beach , but never ON the water .. Barry gave me the opportunity this year and it was amaaazing !

The gallery below is my own selection with my GoPro  . I expect pictures of Barry to complete this super afternoon stand up paddle in Maho !

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