Trinidad Beach Spots

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Trinidad Beach Spots
The beaches of Trinidad are not quite what you might picture when you think of beaching it in the Caribbean. If it’s calm, turquoise seas you must have, then you’ll want to discover Tobago. This doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of beaches in Trinidad, however. They’re just slightly wilder than the serene scenes you may have imagined. Indigo blues, crashing surf, and rugged landscape characterise most of Trinidad’s seaside offerings; beaches to add some adventure to your relaxation. Here are some of the more popular ones:

  • NORTH COAST

    • Maracas Bay:

      Bake and shark, rum and coke, "dip in de salt", breezy lime. Any combination of these things is what a trip to Trinidad’s most popular beach is all about. If "dipping in de salt", though, be on the lookout for red flags signalling dangerous currents. [28]

    • Tyrico:

      This beach provides lifeguard and parking facilities. Just east of Maracas Bay, Tyrico has good sea bathing but doesn’t attract as many crowds as Maracas. Las Cuevas: Though not completely placid, this long stretch of beach provides somewhat calmer waters than Maracas Bay. Like Maracas, there are food, bar and parking facilities.

    • Blanchisseuse:

      With several weekend homes and guest houses available in the area, Blanchisseuse is a popular getaway for long weekends. Nestled in lush rainforest, this small village will tempt you with secluded beaches, rivers, springs and waterfalls, and excellent hiking and exploring opportunities.

    • Paria Beach and Waterfall:

      Another of Trinidad’s popular hiking routes, the trail to this deserted beach and waterfall begins where the Blanchisseuse village ends at the Marianne River and suspension bridge. The trek can take 2 to 3 hours each way.

surfing at Trinidad Beach

  • NORTH-EAST COAST

    • Grande Rivière:

      The river meets the sea here, so you can combine sea bathing and river swimming. During the nesting months, March to August, leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

    • Balandra:

      A narrow stretch of land shelters Balandra Bay, making it nice for swimming.

    • Salybia:

      This is a favourite resting point for those journeying to Toco — though it is also a good final destination if you’re looking for a picnicking spot and a refreshing sea bath. Matura: This protected beach is another of Trinidad’s primary locations for watching leatherback turtles nest.

  • EAST COAST

    • Manzanilla:

      Miles of coconut palms distinguish this destination. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from Port of Spain. Facilities include a car park, snack bar, picnic tables and changing rooms. There’s a wide estuary where the Nariva River meets the sea.

    • Mayaro:

      This area, boasting the longest beach in Trinidad, is another beach town with many accommodation options. The expansive beach is the place to collect chip-chip, a type of mollusc. Swimming is allowed, but should be done with care, as Mayaro is also known for erratic currents.

  • SOUTH-WEST COAST

    • Vessigny:

      A good spot to include on the agenda when you choose to visit the Pitch Lake, as it’s only about a mile away.

    • Cedros:

      One of the furthest points from Port of Spain, Cedros offers the widest beach on the island at low tide. This is among the best vantage points for sighting the Venezuelan mainland.

  • CHAGUARAMAS

    • Chagville:

      Calmer than most other Trini beach spots, Chagville Beach is about 20 minutes’ drive from Port of Spain. Changing and parking facilities are onsite, but there are no lifeguard services.

    • Macqueripe:

      On weekends and public holidays, there’s paid parking from 7:30am to 6pm. The fee is TT$5. During the week there is no parking charge.

    • Scotland Bay:

      Only accessible by boat, this bay is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

    • Chacachacare Island:

      A 20-minute boat ride from the mainland, this 900-acre island offers eight beaches and a salt-water pond.

    Also in Chaguaramas are a host of marinas and yachting services. These cater to the substantial influx of yacht enthusiasts attracted to the safe haven that Trinidad provides because of its location outside the hurricane belt. Immigration and Customs offices are conveniently located at the privately managed Chaguaramas Port. More details: Chaguaramas Bay Peninsula

If you’re looking for more fun in the sun than just suntanning, there are a range of associations that can get you up to speed on the various water-related activities:

Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association
59 Pinewood Drive, Goodwood Gardens,
Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago - West Indies
Phone/Fax: (868) 632-6608
Email: i...@ttgfa.com
Website: http://www.ttgfa.com

The Du Maurier Great Race (Now Carib Beer Great Race) - an annual offshore contest

Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago (YSATT)

TTSA Youth Sailing Academy - Optimist Sailing

Surfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago
Keith Lewis, President
c/o 92 Edward Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel: (868) 625 6463
E-mail: surf...@gmail.com
The Surfing Association of Trinidad and Tobago website: http://surfingtt.blogspot.com/

Windsurfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago
32 Dundonald Street
Port-of-Spain
Trinidad & Tobago
Tel: (+1-868) 628-890, 868 628 8908, 868 680 3916

Also see: Trinidad and Tobago - A Heaven For The Hurricane Season: Well-Protected Yachting Facilities In The Caribbean