At the north end of Orient Bay, on the French side of St Martin, there is an amazing little island called Ile Pinel. While Orient Bay is choppy and exposed to the the wind and waves, the little anchorage tucked behind Ile Pinel is serene at night. Of course, that does not do it justice during the day. 🙂
You see, Ile Pinel is a destination for people that want to spend a wonderful day at the beach. The little sand bar that juts out is equally perfect for those that want to sit on lounge chairs all day and those that want to play in the sand and water. There are two different beach bars to get food and drinks from. The first is Yellow Beach and it is the busiest. The other is called Karibuni and it looked like what you would expect a beach bar would look like on a cast away island. I have to say I was quite drawn to it.
If you want you can simply play in this small area of the deserted island, but I chose to take walk along one of the many paths around the small island and found myself on the windward side at a wild beach. I even found a little plastic gorilla stuck in the sand that ended up in my beach treasure basket. 🙂 I did not walk all over the island because I was barefoot, but I do recommend you get away from the beach bars and explore a little bit.
The other things you will see on the island is animal life. There is a very nice yellow dog, a tortoise walking around (my guest even saw it crap, so I guess there is that, haha), and lots of……you know what, I think I am going to wait until tomorrow for the answer. 🙂
If you would like to visit Ile Pinel you can of course sail your own boat and anchor for the day or night, but you can also go to Cul-De-Sac (yes that is the village name) and get a small ferry out to the island for $10-15.