One Day on the Island of Pinel

Saturday, May 26, 2012 0 No tags Permalink 0

Early morning rise. Breakfast along the marina, two warm croissants from Le Marche with butter and jam.

On to the catamaran! We’re going to circle the island of St Martin and then dock at Pinel, a tiny island with just three restaurants and no full-time residents.

There’s no wifi or internet so you have no choice but to relax. Don’t mind if I do.

One (or three) of these icy beach drinks are only appropriate. Turns out gin really does help with motion sickness from the catamaran rice…no need for dramamine.

Lunch at Yellow Beach, the “main” restaurant in town. The owners live on St. Martin and come by boat every morning with all their produce and fresh fish.

Conch fritters to start…

…with a bottle of rosé no doubt.

…grilled mahi-mahi with rice, lemon butter and this creole sauce I could get enough of. The perfect balance between spicy and sweet, I poured the entire container over my rice and mixed it all in. Content!

Grape semifreddo for dessert…

…and housemade (it seems everyone on St Martin has their own housemade version) rum at the end of lunch. That’s coconut on the left, passionfruit/lilikoi in the center, and guavaberry on the right.

Back on the sand. What’s that over there?

Spiny lobsters! Maybe we have time for a second meal…

Late afternoon. Opted for a two-minute dingy ride to back to St Martin, and then a five-minute drive to the hotel. It is indeed that close! St Barts is only one-hour away by boat (and 15-minutes by helicopter). We’ll have to do that next time around.

Back at the hotel, hidden in the cabana. Wifi and laptop. Back to reality. With more of those boozy beachside drinks of course.

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