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.

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.

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'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.

What's Nearby


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.

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
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
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery 5.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

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.

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


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.

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, 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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