7 Best Beaches in Trinidad and Tobago

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    Life's a Beach in Trinidad and Tobago

    Pigeon Point Beach on Tobago
    ••• Pigeon Point Beach on Tobago, one of the Caribbean's top beaches. © Tobago Department of Tourism

    The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has some great beaches, including some charming strands popular with day-trippers from the capital Port of Spain and the quiet Tobago getaway spots where Trini natives flock for their own holiday getaways.

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    Maracas Bay Beach, Trinidad

    Maracas Bay Beach in Trinidad
    ••• Maracas Bay Beach in Trinidad, a popular post Carnival hangout and home of the famous Bake and Shark. © Bob Curley

    The half-moon-shaped Maracas Bay is home to a tranquil, well-maintained beach, protected by lifeguards and shaded by and palm trees. This is a popular spot for getaways from Port of Spain—just consider the hour-long drive over the mountains as part of the fun. This is the beach where many revelers head to sleep off the annual Carnival celebration, and it's always great to take part in another local tradition available from the local beach shacks—Bake and Shark, a Trinidadian dish of deep-fried shark stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried bread.

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    Las Cuevas Bay Beach, Trinidad

    Las Cuevas Bay, Las Cuevas, Trinidad.
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    Keep driving past Maracas Bay on the north coast to find Las Cuevas (The Caves), which has gentle surf, a snack bar, picnic tables, changing rooms, and showers, as well as lifeguards on duty each day. Also, earning its name, there are a fair number of small caves great for exploring and avoiding the harsh sunlight if sunbathing isn't your thing. 

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    Blanchisseuse Beach, Trinidad

    Leatherback turtle
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     A little over an hour away from Port of Spain, continuing up the north coast, Blanchisseuse is a favorite place for travelers to go to on a weekend getaway, or for a long day trip. With pristine waters, amazing hiking trails through the rainforest, and ​a prime location for watching out for leatherback sea-turtles, this beach offers far more than a tan and quick dip. 

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    Mayaro Beach, Trinidad

    Mayaro beach, Trinidad
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    Located on the southeast coast of the island, Mayaro Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the island.

    Pros: Lots of beach, lots of locals, and you can witness (or take part in) the local fishing ritual of bringing in the catch of the day.

    Cons: Local industrial activity may sometimes contaminate the water, so it is best to check the beach conditions before committing to spending a day there. 

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    Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago

    Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago
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    Protected by the Buccoo Reef, Pigeon Point Beach is ideal for families and children. Located on a peninsula on a private coconut estate, the beach is lined with coconut palms, palapas, and a great beach bar/restaurant just steps from the cerulean sea.

    Pigeon Point's claim to fame is a thatched-roof jetty (dock) that has come to be an informal logo of Tobago. Pigeon Point also offers water-sports, souvenir shops, and bathrooms/showers to keep everyone in the family entertained on beach day.

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    Man-O-War Beach, Tobago

    This west coast beach on Tobago is part of a small, friendly fishing village, charming and quiet, with calm waters and beautiful sunsets. It's a great destination for those who don't need much more than sunshine and a cool breeze to keep them happy. 

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    Englishman's Bay Beach, Tobago

    High Surf at Englishman's Bay Tobago
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    Secluded and relaxing, Englishman’s Bay has a mile-long U-shaped beach edged by a freshwater stream flowing from the Tobago rainforest; just offshore, brilliant coral reefs ripple with tropical fish. Though not as heavily populated as other western Tobago beaches, Englishman's is considered one of the island's most beautiful oceanfront destinations. 

    For visitors' convenience, there are men's and women's bathrooms, as well as a small restaurant, Eula's, on the bay's shore.