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.

Set in the northeastern part of Saint Martin, Ilet Pinel is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— should pay a visit to Ilet Pinel. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not totally devoid 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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Ilet Pinel. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and St. Martin is no different. One truly memorable place to enjoy delicious local specialties is right on the water. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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.

Don't forget that Ilet Pinel's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Ilet Pinel on St. Martin's South East coast. It is close to The Butterfly Farm, which is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to The Old House. This museum is located just a short distance away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure 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 near Orient Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cities near Ilet Pinel include Orient Bay, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Orient Bay is not far away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is in a fairly popular vacation area, it is not typically very difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For guests looking to book a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the accommodation options closest 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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Yellow Beach. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

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

The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many nice beaches, so if Ilet Pinel doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Orient Beach, found within a mile or so. 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. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Baie de cul-de-sac may be just what you're looking for. It's located a half mile to the west.

You may also want to consider Baie Lucas Beach, located not too far away, so a short cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, visiting Ilet Pinel or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in St. Martin even more memorable.


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