Ilet Pinel

Although Ilet Pinel is on a small island off of St. Martin. It's a favorite day trip of visitors to St. Martin and has great hiking and sightseeing.

Located in Saint Martin, Ilet Pinel is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify St. Martin's beaches, but the ambiance at Ilet Pinel is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach

The Ilet Pinel beach is located on one of St. Martin's uninhabited offshore islets and can only be accessed by boat. Many boats from St. Martin offer charter service here for tourists.

Amenities and Ambiance

Bring your mask and fins because this is a great beach for snorkeling. Beautiful paths wind through the inland side of the beach and umbrellas abound for enjoying shade on the shoreline.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are a lot of dining experiences to be had in St. Martin, but having a meal on the beach can be especially fun. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Although Ilet Pinel is frequented by tourists, this secluded sandy knoll is particularly popular with the locals. Certain parts of the beach also allow nude sunbathing, which is perfect for adventurous vacationers.

Since Ilet Pinel happens to be located in a tourist hotspot, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on St. Martin's South East coast. It is close to The Butterfly Farm, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you want more information on the history of St. Martin, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Mount Vernon Plantation, which is one of the closest locations with historical significance to Ilet Pinel.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Ilet Pinel
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 1.8 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 1.9 mi. SSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 1.9 mi. SSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 2.0 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 2.5 mi. W the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Minguet Art Gallery-La Maison Des Arts Art Gallery 3.8 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 4.9 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 5.1 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 5.1 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 5.2 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 5.2 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 5.2 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Orient Bay is the closest city to Ilet Pinel. It is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the shore, Orient Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those looking to find a hotel room close to the beach are in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Ilet Pinel
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa a Ti Case -- -- Cottages
Hotel Mount Vernon 0.9 mi. SW Resort
Hotel La Plantation 0.9 mi. SW Hotel
Alizea Hotel -- -- Hotel
Boca Raton Hotel -- -- Hotel
Caye Verte Hotel -- -- Hotel
Domaine Baie Nettle Hotel -- -- Hotel
Sol e Luna 1.0 mi. SW Guest house
Anchorage Little Key -- -- Hotel
Jardins De Chevrise 1.0 mi. SW Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest places to eat is Yellow Beach. This restaurant features Caribbean food. They are also known for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Ilet Pinel
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Yellow Beach (059) 077-1500 Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. NE
Karibuni (069) 064-3858 International Informal 0.1 mi. NNW
Ti Bouchon (069) 064-8464 French Informal 0.9 mi. W
Bikini Beach Restaurant 590 87 43 25 Caribbean Fine Dining -- --
Chez Nawel (059) 049-7975 -- -- -- --
Domino's Pizza Orient Bay (059) 064-2881 Italian Very Casual -- --
La Chapelle (059) 052-3890 -- -- -- --
Lezard King (059) 087-3683 -- -- -- --
Mexicano Beach (059) 063-1119 -- -- -- --
Paradisio Beach (059) 029-4001 -- -- -- --
Tiki Hut (059) 063-1143 -- -- -- --
Le Mango (059) 087-7070 -- -- 1.0 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, Ilet Pinel is just one of many beaches you might like on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

You might also enjoy Orient Beach, located just a short distance away. As one of the most popular beaches on St. Martin, Orient Beach is one toursit hot spot, with plenty of great things to do. The festive charm of these amazing sandy shores creates the perfect atmosphere for your beach vacation. More active guests, though, may be interested in Baie de cul-de-sac, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located a half mile to the west.

You may also enjoy Baie Lucas Beach, located three miles away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in St. Martin, and dropping by Ilet Pinel is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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