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.
Situated in Saint Martin, Ilet Pinel is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Ilet Pinel is one part of St. Martin's coast which rarely gets too crowded, but it's not totally void of people either.
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'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Every destination has its own culinary style, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to discover local delicacies is right on the water. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.
Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. 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 is of course located inside a commonly visited area, you'll want to plan accordingly.
Ilet Pinel is on St. Martin's South East coast. The Butterfly Farm is one of a few area's attractions.
If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting The Old House. This museum is located just a short distance away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.
|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|
|Museum||2.5 mi.||W||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|
|Art Gallery||5.5 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Ilet Pinel is very close to Orient Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Orient Bay is the closest town to Ilet Pinel. It isn't a congested area, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Orient Bay is a quick trip away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).
Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
Since the beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not typically very tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For visitors looking to book a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodation options to Ilet Pinel.
|Casa a Ti Case||--||--||Cottages|
|Hotel La Plantation||0.9 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|Sol e Luna||1.0 mi.||SW||Guest house|
One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into St. Martin's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is Yellow Beach. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.
The following table lists dining options near this beach.
|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|
|590 87 43 25||Caribbean||Fine Dining||--||--|
|Domino's Pizza Orient Bay||(059) 064-2881||Italian||Very Casual||--||--|
|(059) 087-7070||--||--||1.0 mi.||SW|
Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Ilet Pinel on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Orient Beach, situated just a little ways 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. On the other hand, Baie de cul-de-sac offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a half mile to the west.
Vacationers may also want to visit Baie Lucas Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go.
St. Martin has a lot to offer its visitors, but Ilet Pinel is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.
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