We do a different kind of beach here. Not for us the calm, placid pond in baby-blue. Uh-uh. Our waters are a little livelier. With few reefs, the waters off the North Coast can kick up some rather playful waves (surfers like Toco, especially). It’s not unknown for a bikini-wearing bather to lose their top to pummelling surf. Maracas Bay, especially, is beloved by locals for its sprightly waves, misty mountains and food stalls. Great for jumping, ducking, body-surfing and boogy-boarding, Maracas is usually a refreshing workout that guarantees you – and the kids – a good night’s sleep.
Las Cuevas, just a few miles further along the North Coast from Maracas and the island’s only Blue Flag beach, runs a very close second to Maracas for the title of most popular beach in Trinidad. This long, looping bay is usually calmer than Maracas, with crystal-clear water and gentle waves. Small caves, white sand and flowering trees make Las Cuevas perfect for a lazy day spent contemplating the beauty of the universe.
Other notable beaches include Macqueripe Bay, in the Chaguaramas National Park, which is usually bursting at the seams with families from the west, as well as all over the country, who come to try the ziplines; Blanchisseusse, which has a wild and rugged shoreline; Vessigny, down in the south; and Mayaro, the second longest stretch of beach in the world, where you will find tonnes of chip-chip, a tiny clam that makes a pretty mean cocktail.
Trinidad’s Best Beach Breaks
In no particular order:
- Macqueripe: Zip lining, swimming (with caution), bathroom/changing rooms (nominal fee), (paid) car park, snorkelling, children’s play park
- Maracas Bay: Sunbathing, swimming, occasional surfing, (paid) parking, gas station, food stalls, lifeguards, toilet/shower facilities (nominal fee). NB: The facilities here are undergoing a significant and controversial renovation project. And, for the sake of sustainability, we recommend having flying fish or king fish instead of shark with your bake!
- Tyrico: Lifeguards, surfing, camping
- Las Cuevas: Swimming, sunbathing, camping, snack bar, showers/toilets (nominal fee), car park (free), lifeguards — and has a Blue Flag certification
- Blanchisseuse: Surfing, hiking, bird watching, parking (roadside), turtle watching, camping
- Matura: Turtle nesting, camping
- Saline/Sally bay: Camping
- Salybia: Surfing, bathing, camping, lifeguards
- Sans Souci: Surfing, turtle-nesting (sometimes)
- Grand Riviere: Surfing, turtle watching
- Paria: Swimming, hiking, mountain biking, camping
- Mayaro: Lifeguards, kite surfing, sunbathing, camping, swimming (with caution)
- Manzanilla: Swimming, camping, running, lifeguards
- Granville Beach: Camping, kayaking, paved parking lot, toilet facilities, bathing
- Quinam Bay: Bathing, camping, lifeguards, fishing
- Vessigny Beach: Car park, snack bar, camp grounds, picnic tables, changing rooms with showers and toilets, lifeguards
- Columbus Bay: Bathing
- Cedros Bay: Bathing, biking, kayaking.