Beach Walks - Trinidad Holiday Treasures
Duration: Half Day
Although the beaches in Tobago are generally considered to be the most beautiful in the country, the larger sister island of Trinidad has plenty of coastal treasures of its own to discover, particular on the north coast. One of the best ways to uncover its secrets is to explore on foot. Pristine white sands, sparkling clear waters, rainforest, mountains and an abundance of wildlife are just some of the highlights you can expect to see on a variety of island beach walks.
Trinidad’s north coast is where the most picturesque beaches on the island can be found, so this is a good place to start exploring. One of the most popular beaches is Maracas Bay, located just 30 minutes from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad. The powdery soft white sands and crystal clear waters give way to lush rainforest and picturesque mountains, creating a dramatic backdrop that is truly breathtaking. Further down the north coast you will come across the beautiful but more secluded Blanchisseuse beach, also backed by the rainforest-covered mountains of the Northern Range, the lush tropical setting epitomises the idyllic Caribbean escape.
Although it is tempting to just lie here and soak up the sun, there are plenty of coastal delights to discover if you have time to explore on foot. Where the Marianne River enters the Caribbean Sea, there is a small suspension bridge that leads to a picturesque hiking trail along the coast to the village of Matelot. Alternating between unspoiled rainforest and untouched beaches, this beautiful walk is popular with nature lovers and bird watchers as wildlife is abundant here. The hike to Paria Bay is particularly worthwhile because this beautiful white sandy beach is an important nesting site for leatherback turtles, as are Madamas Beach and Gran Tacarib further along the trail.
One of the most popular hiking trails in the area takes approximately 15 minutes from Paria Bay to the spectacular Paria waterfall, via a wooden bridge over Paria River. If you decide to continue onwards to Matelot village and beach, the trail will lead you across small streams and through lush forests and abandoned cocoa estates, whilst the ocean frequently dips in and out of view. This walk will take up most of the day, but the scenic beauty and wildlife on the way certainly makes it worthwhile.
Other beaches worth exploring along the north coast include the dramatic Yarra Bay, which is fringed by coconut trees and also used by giant leatherback turtles to lay their eggs, and Las Cuevas, named after the historic caves that were reputedly used as hideouts for smugglers years ago. This is a just a small selection of beaches and trails along the north coast, whilst even more discoveries can be made on Trinidad’s west, east and south coasts.
Whichever part of the island you explore, you can guarantee magnificent coastal scenery and plenty of hidden gems. Getting off the beaten track during your holiday in Trinidad certainly has its rewards.
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