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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!:D

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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!:D

 

I like Pinel. Would want a car to get there on a cruise stop. Need to make sure the ferry is running.

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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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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.

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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/2018/01/15/sint-maarten-nature-foundation-concerned-about-waste-water-garbage-and-possible-sewage-being-dumped-at-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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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

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