L’Îlet Pinel

Pinel Island is a smaller island off the northern coast of St. Martin. You can catch a quick ferry over from the town of Cul de Sac, or you can rent a kayak and take it across the half of a mile channel.  We planned on doing the latter. Unfortunately, we arrived too earlier (that is a common curse in our family), and the kayak rental hut wasn’t open yet. So we had to do the ferry.  I wasn’t too disappointed, as I am not much of a kayaker, but I know Mom wanted to kayak, so I was disappointed for her.

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Nonetheless, it didn’t ruin our day on the island.  We started out the day by renting a couple of beach chairs to drop our beach wares, and then headed out for some of the island’s hiking trails.

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We hoped to spot some of the island’s resident tortoises, but they remained hidden from us in the tall grass.  We still enjoyed lovely views all around the island.

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After our nice walk around the island, we headed back to our beach chairs for some relaxing and swimming.

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Of course, nothing says relaxation like a bottle of cold water and Diet Cokes.  I liked that one of the island’s restaurants was called Karibuni.  Nothing like the Swahili word for welcome to make me feel relaxed.

The water was pretty great too.

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It was a pretty great place just to float and watch the passing clouds.

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Now that I am sitting back in rainy North Carolina, I certainly could go for another morning on this sunny little island.

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