As you might have understood, Pinel is a separate island from Sint Maarten. Located at the very North of the French side, about less than a kilometer away from Saint-Martin’s coast; it creates a very calm bay in between the two islands. Furthermore, there is Little Key Islet which brings an additional cover from the right side of the bay. Basically, the profile of Cul de Sac bay is very similar to a lake with this “islands district” that are well positioned on the Caribbean Sea. Thank you Mother Nature!
And its special location makes it THE top spot for paddle boarding in Sint Maarten, accessible for everybody and in many different ways!
Renting a Paddle Board at Pinel Island is the best way to discover the coastline! Being a mix between windsurfing and kayaking, paddle boarding is the perfect way to be on the sea.
And the good news is: everyone can do it too! Stand up paddle is easy and fun. You don’t need to be a great windsurfer or surfer, stand up paddle is for everybody : growing kids, adults and even elderly people. If you know how to work on your body balance, you will end up being a complete paddle boarder within a few hours on the board!
You will love it so much that you won’t be able to stop gliding across the calm bay of the island :)
If you are a nature lover, you won’t be disappointed! Standup paddle boarding makes you discover the ocean, giving you unbeatable points of view. Cruising on a stand up paddle board at Pinel Island provides a higher outlook, increasing the visibility of what is going on around you: landscapes, underwater life… There is no better way to experience marine environments!
Don’t think twice, grab a paddle board and explore our island’s beautiful nature!
Our rental shop is located in Cul-de-Sac, next to the ferry terminal. We have great and stable paddle boards available everyday, when the weather condition is on our side (which is most of the time in the Caribbean!).
Paddle boarding from the mainland is an excellent workout and won’t take you more than 30 minutes of gentle paddle. On your way to Pinel, Little Key and its sand bar is an awesome spot to stop by. The shallow and turquoise water will take your breath away, and the tiny private beach of Little Key will make your heart melt. That spot is reachable within 10 to 15 minutes (depending on your paddling level and the wind condition) standing up on your board, paddling easily and looking around this beautiful area.
Once you are done with this first “must see” spot, you can head to Pinel Island. It will take you another 15 minutes to reach another level of this Paradise on earth. When you will have crossed the short channel, you will directly end up on the main beach of Pinel. There, you can leave your board on the beach and enjoy your day! Click here to find out about what to do over there ☺
For some of you who do not have a lot of time ahead or simply prefer to fully enjoy the day on Pinel, you can also skip your lay over on Little Key islet.
We recommend to beginners to cross the bay that way, and on their knees as you paddle faster in this position. There is no major obstacle on the bay (mooring boats only), and the water is absolutely flat.
Slide between the moorings and the boats, invite your friends for a SUP ride in the bay, discover tranquil Little Key with its shallow water, head over to the sandbar… Either alone for a quiet and relaxing getaway, with friends for a fun and sportive excursion (especially on our new favourite board, the GIANT SUP!) or with your children to share a new experience together, the day out there can only be a success!
Paddle boarding at Pinel Island bay is completely safe. Here, you can explore the reef, and even meet our neighbours the stingrays, sea turtles and the barracudas. Pinel Island has so many things to offer that even a full day trip won’t be enough, you will need to come back! :)
If you feel comfortable enough and you would like to try surfing on your stand up paddle board, you can visit the sandbar’s little waves. They are easy to catch and fun to ride! Located in front of Little Key, those waves are just 5 minutes away from our shop.
This “spot” is a sort of hidden one so most of the time, you will have the peak for yourself. Just sit at the right place and wait for the perfect mini waves. Then, catch a little one, enjoy that sliding sensation. That’s what we call pure and simple liberty.
Stand up paddle boarding is getting more and more popular all over the world, day after day. Its easy learning capacity and the fun sensation that comes out of it speaks for itself.
But what if we had a product even funnier and that you can share instantly with your friends or family? And what if you could book it right here, in one click?
But before that, let us picture the day for you.
Once you will get to our shop, we will provide all the equipment (dry bags, paddles and the board), as well as giving you all the recommendations in terms of what to do during your day, where to go… And most of all, how to enjoy your time on this huge board, all together. Then, the adventure ahead will be all yours ☺
This Giant SUP can take from 6 to 8 people at the same time, no matter what age and what level you have in paddling. Everybody can do it, everybody SHOULD DO IT! It provides the same feeling than the regular paddle board, but even more lighthearted pleasure. The whole team can share what they see, how they feel, how to improve… At the same time. A pure moment of complicity!
What’s more? Once you will finally have reached Pinel Island, you can use the Giant Sup as a Giant chair, sharable all together, while sipping a nice cocktail.
Just like the photo bellow ;)
Stand up paddle boarding is getting more and more popular all over the world, day after day. Its easy learning capacity and the fun sensation that comes out of it speaks for itself. But what if we had a product even funnier and that you can share instantly with your friends or family?
In 2017, we are proud to offer a brand new GIANT paddle board to paddle ALL together! It's a new way to share a moment with your family or friends!
Not everybody is a champion or an athlete and paddle boarding over to an island may take some time for an inexperienced rider☺. This is the reason why we offer a gear delivery service directly to Pinel, with our electric motorized catamaran boat.
Please keep in mind that we are not allowed to offer transportation to our guests from the shop to the islands (Little Key or Pinel) because this is a service owned by the ferries and we are entitled to respect it.
That delivery service is only accessible through the booking system for an additional cost of 10 US dollars. Once on the island, you can keep the board as long as you want (until 5:00pm, the closing time of the shop).
Paddle around; lay on the board under the sun… Just have fun! And eventually, if you have the energy at the end of the day, paddle back to the shore! It is extremely easy because of the wind pushing you from the back. At least, you will be able to tell your friends that you have done it ;)