Our Picks for Tobago's 10 Best Beaches
It’s not just a cliché: Tobago really is a beach-lover’s paradise. If you find a single beach in Tobago that doesn’t tempt you to take a quick dip or a soak in the sun, please tell us about it. Even so, a few beaches really stand out. We’ve picked 10 of our favourites for their accessibility, cleanliness, facilities (like toilets and changing rooms), on-site refreshments (bars, restaurants, vendors), safety, ambience, and the quality of the swimming. So if you can't take in every single one of the island's fantastic beaches, here are our top picks.
Location: west/Leeward coast, off Northside Road
Quiet and unspoilt beach in a friendly fishing village. Enjoy the sight of fishermen bringing in their nets ("pulling seine") or bread baked in old-fashioned dirt ovens. Facilities, stores and craft stalls. Accommodation nearby.
Location: north Tobago, between the Leeward and Windward coasts
One of Tobago’s most stunning and unspoilt bays, though it takes a little effort to get there. From Charlotteville’s eastern tip, a half-mile long, coastline-hugging dirt road brings you to a 157-step descent to the beach. No facilities.
Location: southwest/Leeward coast, off Northside Road
A pair of beaches offering excellent facilities and some of the island’s best snorkelling. The Mt. Irvine Beach Hotel side, open to the public, offers refreshments and all beach amenities. Mt. Irvine Bay, a short walk away, is a popular watersports and snorkelling spot: coral, sponge and reef fish species abound here. Snorkelling gear, canoes and hobie cats can be hired onsite.
Speyside & Blue Waters
Location: northeast/Windward coast
Unlike other Windward Coast beaches, Speyside and Blue Waters are protected by nearby coral reef systems and islands. Both offer tranquillity, great snorkelling and the chance to join a glass-bottom boat tour to Angel Reef, Goat Island and Little Tobago.
Location: Crown Point
Tobago’s second most popular beach, after Pigeon Point, near hotels and the airport. Fine golden sand descends into crystal clear water. Many glass-bottom boat operators begin Buccoo Reef trips here. The water is good for swimming, and there are lifeguards, showers and toilets (small fee), food and beverage vendors. The beach experience here ranks high for accessibility, cleanliness, amenities, safety, and idyllic water. The beach is usually busy, and the one disadvantage could be the number of vendors (for beach chairs, reef tours, jewellery, etc.). But their zeal can generally be neutralised by a friendly “no thanks”. Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool glass-bottom boat tours leave from here through the early afternoon. There's also excellent craft shopping.
Location: west coast, off Northside Road
Don’t let the name fool you: this is one of the most unspoilt and peaceful beaches in Tobago. The golden sand, clear blue water and the odd fisherman may be your only company. This quiet, no-frills beach scores for its great swimming and cleanliness, but if you need on-site amenities like food or changing rooms, you’ll need to look elsewhere or bring your own supplies.
Lifeguards are typically on duty 9am–5pm or 10am–6pm where available, but not at all beaches.
Red flags indicate unsafe bathing areas