In addition to a vibrant blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities, Trinidad & Tobago is also home to one of the Travel Channel’s best Caribbean beachesand one of the most photographed shorelines in the region. With approximately 225 miles of coastline that ranges from half-moon shaped bays to secluded coves, visitors to the region’s cultural capital can also enjoy all the elements of a traditional Caribbean fun-filled beach vacation. Here’s just a sampling of some of Trinidad & Tobago’s most popular beaches.
Englishman’s Bay Beach, Tobago
Named by Travel Channel as one of the best Caribbean beaches, Englishman’s Bay Beach is bordered by verdant headlands that cradle a U-shaped beach that stretches for approximately one mile. On the southern end of the strand, a freshwater stream flows from the island’s lush rainforest interior to the sea and just offshore, brilliant coral reefs ripple with tropical fish. Although there are no official facilities, this secluded bay is ideal for relaxing in com plete untouched surrounds.
Las Cuevas Bay Beach , Trinidad
Approximately three and a half miles east of Maracas Bay is the popular Las Cuevas Bay Beach. Sheltered by the curved embrace of the Northern Range , the surf at Las Cuevas is gentler than that atMaracas Bay. A snack bar, picnic tables, benches, changing rooms and shower facilities are available to visitors and lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Man-O-War Beach , Tobago
Located along the northern coast, Man-O-War Beach is one of the quieter, less populated beaches on the island. Part of a small fishing village, the atmosphere is charming and the locals are friendly. The long sandy beach and calm waters make the location an ideal swimming spot while the harbor provides spectacular sunset views.
Maracas Bay Beach, Trinidad
The half-moon-shaped Maracas Bay is home to a tranquil, well-maintained beach of fine golden sand and palm trees that frame a horizon of unforgettable sunsets. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Trinidad, Maracas Bay Beach is an hour’s mountainous drive from the capital city of Port of Spain. One of the most famous aspects of Maracas Bay Beach is the dozen Bake and Shark, a traditional Trinidadian dish that consists of deep-fried shark stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried bread, huts that can be found a few steps away from the water’s edge.
Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago
Sheltered by the Buccoo Reef, Pigeon Point Beach is considered one of the Caribbean ’s most photographed spots and the ideal location for families and children. Located on a private coconut estate, on the leeward side of Tobago , the small peninsula is lined with tall swaying coconut trees and open palm-thatched huts on a beach that slopes gently down to the sea. There is a gift shop, washrooms/showers, snack shop and restaurant available to visitors.