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Address: | Embarcadere de Pinel Island, Cul de Sac 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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+590 690 22-0322
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We offer everyday eco-friendly adventures to Pinel Island in St Maarten....

We offer everyday eco-friendly adventures to Pinel Island in St Maarten. Rent a tandem kayak for the family or a single kayak for a solo trip, give paddle board a try and discover the ocean like you've never seen it before! With very affordable prices, you can spend an incredible day with our kayaks or stand up paddle board (SUP) on Pinel Island! Explore the keys, have a photo break on the sandbar, and lunch in one of the two restaurants on Pinel Island, Karibuni or Yellow Beach! Booking ahead of time is strongly advised, especially during high season between Christmas and April.

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Great experience with Caribbean Paddling last week. Easy reservation process, prompt pick-up/travel to the location from port. Before we knew it we had our kayaks and we were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great experience with Caribbean Paddling last week. Easy reservation process, prompt pick-up/travel to the location from port. Before we knew it we had our kayaks and we were ready to go. A short (maybe 10 min) and pleasant paddle to Pinel Island. It was beautiful. Caribbean Paddle even made our chair reservations at Yellow Beach Restaurant on the island. We... More 

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Ontario
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We rented two tandem kayaks with our teenagers. We saw a sea turtle on the way over & we were able to kayak along the shoreline where the ferry does not go. It was a very good experience. We were given dry bags for our belongings. It was very shallow on the way to Pinel so be prepared to get... More 

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Tortola
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a great day out, made easy by Ozzy. We rented a tandem kayak and paddled over to Pinel Island, Ozzy even gave us a dry bag for our stuff which proved invaluable as we fell out a couple of times! Great atmosphere, great food and the service was second to none. I was told that the trip back... More 

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear infoU8654DX, A million thank you for your review, it made my day! I am more than happy to read that you have enjoyed your day with us and appreciated our service :) See you very soon again, and this time we would maybe be able to share one of those 6 cocktails together? ;) The idea is to make... More 

Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband found their website online and although we couldn't reserve the first day, he was able to communicate with them online and reserve for the next. They were very helpful in getting us packed up and out on our way. I highly suggest stopping at the small island just before Pinel, to explore.

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear SurpriseMe18, Thank you for your feedback of your experience with us! I am glad to read that you have enjoyed your day in Pinel Island, and your stop at Little Key on the way over :) I am also happy that our online chat was helpful for you! Our main goal is to make our guest's life as easy... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to St Martin in April we were a little afraid of doing the paddle to Pinel, but was no issue at all, took about 20-miniutes out and maybe 10 / 15 minutes to get back at a leisurely pace. Ended up going back a couple days later to do again!

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear kmart12016, Merci beaucoup! I am so happy to read that you have enjoyed your experience with us so much that you came back twice during your stay in Saint-Martin! We are waiting for your next visit on the Friendly Island to see you again, then. Deal? :) Thank you for your time, and for choosing Caribbean Paddling! More 

bloomfield, NJ
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I rented a tandem kayak for the day to go Pinel and had one of the best times of our trip, even though it rained a bit on the kayak back it did not dampen our enjoyment at all. We would definitely recommend to anyone and plan to do it again on our next trip to the... More 

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear lordbrag, I am grateful for your review, & glad to read that you have enjoyed your day kayaking to Pinel Island with your girlfriend, even with the caribbean shower ;) We hope to see you very soon again at Caribbean Paddling! More 

Gurnee, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to St Maartin on a cruise ship but wanted to escape the crowds for the day...this was perfect! We booked the kayaks/paddle boards/taxi in advance for our two families - 4 adults and 6 kids. Finding our driver, Theresa, was a little tricky but only took a few minutes. Got to the French side of the island in... More 

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear juliwil, Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with us, in such a complete way. You brought a big smile to my face by reading how your day went, from the beginning to the end! A day in Pinel Island is close to heaven and I am thrilled to see that you have... More 

Miami, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to reserve ahead of time, as they do book up during busy times. The gear is fine and they are helpful. This was a fun and easy paddle over to Pinel Island. It takes about 15 minutes to get there. You can stop by the smaller island on the way, and do some snorkeling. Not the best snorkeling... More 

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear mrr186, Thank you for your review! I am happy to read that you had a good time during your visit :) A day in Pinel Island is definitely a complete excursion: from paddling to snorkellinh, hiking, relaxing.... We hope to see you soon again! More 

Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great experience all the way around. Small sand bar on the way was a great surprise. You get to see a lot of really beautiful water (15 foot) along the way. I will do this again.

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear Ncorder, Thank you for your comment! We can't wait to be welcoming you back to Caribbean Paddling for an extra perfect time exploring Little Key's sand bar. One of the little gem of Cul de Sac bay, for sure! See you soon :) More 

County Londonderry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved taking the canoe over to Pinel Island and kept pitying travellers who zoomed by on motor boats and missed both the sandbank and the little island Petit Clef. Best snorkling during this visit, turtle included, and terrific food at Karibuni. Not to miss!

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Oswen, Owner at Caribbean Paddling, responded to this review

Dear anet123456, Thank you very much for your review! I am glad that you have enjoyed the kayak ride over to Pinel and that you got a chance to stop by at Little Key island and its beautiful sand bar. No motor boats can access that little piece of Paradise, we agree on that one ;) See you soon for... More 

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