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#1
Indiana
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Between these three, which is better for sunning/getting in the water? Pinel Island, Friar's Bay or Simpson Bay?

Also, are there places to rent chairs/umbrellas at these beaches?

Thanks in advance!
#2
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Originally posted by mschultz727
Between these three, which is better for sunning/getting in the water? Pinel Island, Friar's Bay or Simpson Bay?

Also, are there places to rent chairs/umbrellas at these beaches?

Thanks in advance!
I like Pinel. Would want a car to get there on a cruise stop. Need to make sure the ferry is running.
#3
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Pineal is great, but fairly remote and harder to get to - as is Friars. Simpson Bay is probably the easiest as far as transportation is concerned.
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After the Hurricanes, Celebrity ship shorex switched from Orient Beach to Kim Sha Beach, I have read it's in Simpsons Bay.
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Originally posted by gerelmx
After the Hurricanes, Celebrity ship shorex switched from Orient Beach to Kim Sha Beach, I have read it's in Simpsons Bay.
Yes it in the Simpson Bay Area BUT it is not the lovely Simpson Bay Beach. Completely different beach.
#7
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We toured the island via Twin Island Excursions and spent a couple hours at Friar's Bay. The beach was very nice, not many people and Kali's Beach Bar was open for food/drink (chairs/recliners/umbrellas available). Our kids (late 20s) had fun walking the nearby trails and viewing the iguanas. I enjoyed talking with Kali about the beach/bar and the hurricane. Our tour guide, Rick, did a great job showing us the entire island and our time at Friar's was an enjoyable/relaxing portion of the tour.
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Kim Sha Beach is not that nice if I remember correctly. It is in the middle of a couple of resorts in the Simpson bay area.
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We were looking at beach options since we usually go to Orient Beach. I thought Kim Sha was a good option but after some research I found the Sint Maarten Nature foundation report on that area. It was posted January 15, 2018:

http://www.naturefoundationsxm.org/2...kim-sha-beach/

It may be better in a few months but we will be there in March so we will keep looking at options.
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#11
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Originally posted by navybankerteacher
Pineal is great, but fairly remote and harder to get to - as is Friars. Simpson Bay is probably the easiest as far as transportation is concerned.
Going to st martin via princess in April....can I get a cab to simpson Bay and do they rent umbrella and chairs??
thanks in advance