Fodor's Expert Review Ilet Pinel
A protected nature reserve, this kid-friendly island is a five-minute ferry ride from French Cul de Sac ($7 per person round-trip). The ferry runs every half hour from mid-morning until 4 pm. The water is clear and shallow, and the shore is sheltered. Snorkelers can swim a trail between both coasts of this pencil-shaped speck in the ocean. You can rent equipment on the island or in the parking lot before you board the ferry for about $12. Two beach clubs offer lunch: Karibuni (closed September) has the freshest fish, great salads, tapas, and drinks—try the frozen mojito and homemade ice cream. Yellow Beach has more of a party vibe with cocktail tables in the water. Chairs and umbrellas can be rented for $25 for two. Amenities: food and drink; parking. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.