Bay is approximately 30 minutes from Port of Spain and is probably the
most popular beach in Trinidad. Lifeguards patrol the beach and warning
flags are posted. There are changing facilities, picnic tables and
snack booths. Sit-on-top kayaks can also be rented at this beach.
Approximately three quarters of the way along the beach there is a
small concrete jetty, on which people occasionally engage in fun
fishing. At the western end of the beach is a fishing depot at which it
is possible to purchase fresh fish on most days. There is a small hotel
and a few rental beach houses at Maracas Bay. Within one minute of the
beach is the Maracas Bay Agritourism Park which has mini-golf, fishing,
a children's playground, fireside cooking and a setting designed for
relaxing in nature.
famous beach boasts of powdery white sand and numerous leaning coconut
palms. This is one of the most photographed spots in the Caribbean.
These beach facilities are located on a well maintained coconut estate
and for a small admission fee you are allowed the use of these private
including gift, snack and souvenir shops. Fishing, diving and Buccoo
Reef trips are easily accessible and often depart from Pigeon Point.
continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America, along
with its varied habitats, has resulted in an extremely diverse biota.
Species lists for this island are impressive, including 97 native
mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, as
well as over 2,200 species of flowering plants! No other area in the
West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, can
match this spectacular species diversity. Trinidad is 50 miles long by
about 37 miles wide, and dominated by the Northern Range, which rises
to about 3,000 feet and was historically covered by tropical
rainforest. Here, in this lush part of this beautiful island, you will
find the magical Asa Wright Nature Centre. To see Squirrel Cuckoos,
Toucans, and parrots fly past the gallery, while Tufted Coquettes and
half a dozen other species of hummingbirds feed on the vervain by the
reception, is but a small part of what the birder will find at the
Centre. Botanists and entomologists and other naturalists will find the
area equally rich.Located at 1,200 feet in the mountains of the
Northern Range, seven miles north of the town of Arima, the Asa Wright
Nature Centre (AWNC) is a world-class natural history destination for
students of tropical ecology and is of particular interest to
large swamp with mazelike waterways is bordered by mangrove trees, some
plumed with huge termite nests. If you're lucky, you may see lazy
caimans idling in the water and large snakes hanging from branches on
the banks taking in the sun. In the middle of the sanctuary are several
islets that are home to Trinidad's national bird, the scarlet ibis.
Just before sunset the ibis arrive by the thousands, their richly
colored feathers brilliant in the gathering dusk, and as more flocks
alight they turn the mangrove foliage a brilliant scarlet. Bring a
sweater and insect repellent. The sanctuary's only official tour
operator is Winston Nanan.
Island was named Chacachacare by the Amerindians and is the westernmost
of the Bocas Islands which belong to Trinidad and Tobago. It lies in
the Bocas del Dragón (Dragons' Mouth) between Trinidad and Venezuela.
Originally named El Caracol (the Snail) by Christopher Columbus because
of its shape, at various times Chacachacare has served as a cotton
plantation, a whaling station and a leper colony. Between the period
1777 and 1794, cotton was the major agricultural export of Trinidad
with Chacachacare being the largest producer. Up until 1810 cotton was
still the major crop being produced on the island but a fall in prices
and the boll weevil pest led to a decline in production.
Grande, also known as Gasparee Island is a mile and a half long by half
mile in width, totaling 129 hectares (319 acres) and reaches a height
of 339 feet (103 metres). The island is approximately three-quarters of
a mile south of the Coast Guard station at Staubles Bay. The island was
granted to Gaspar de Percin la Roque in 1783 by Governor Chacon and
over time became known as Gaspar Grande. The island is today primarily
a vacation spot with numerous holiday homes and its most famous
attraction are the Gasparee Caves. Gasparee Caves are a fascinating
network of underground caves located on the island of Gaspar Grande,
which is the closest island to Chagaramas Bay in north-west Trinidad.
The island is composed of limestone and a combination of wave action,
acidic rainfall and percolating ground-water has dissolved the
limestone to form sculptured caverns, caves and sinkholes. The entire
subterranean system is about 90 feet deep and a 1/2 acre in size.
Within the cave system are interesting geological formations such as
stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, flow stones and fringed curtains.
Some of the formations have been given names such as Pulpit Pipe Organ,
Lovers and Dinosaur Head because of their shape. The largest and best
known of the caves is called the Blue Grotto, which has a crystal clear
pool that is 30 feet in diameter and reflects the light entering the
Entry to the caves is only allowed with a registered tour company or
with the permission of the Chagaramas Development Authority. From the
boat landing at Point Baleine it is a 20 minute uphill walk to the
entrance to the Blue Grotto and then a descent of approximately 100
steps into the cave.
landscape abounds with breathtaking sights, that could only have been
formed when nature’s creativity was at at its peak. Little Tobago
Island is a tiny sparsely populated island located off the village of
Speyside. This tiny island is among the more important in the Caribbean
as a bird watchers paradise. The very colorful migratory Scarlet Ibis
birds return here annually after their long cross Atlantic trip.
Bay is secluded gorgeous beach. It's a lovely for a swim or a picnic.
Here the forest approaches the edge of the beach and a river runs
directly into the sea.
Leatherback turtles come ashore here annually during the months of
March to June to lay their eggs. Eggs hatch within three months. Stone
Haven Bay and Castara Bay are other popular leatherback nesting sites.
Tobago is one of three islands in the Caribbean where these giant
leatherback turtles come ashore to nest on its beaches.
the heights overlooking St James lies Fort George. Built by the British
in 1804 as part of a series of fortifications that included Fort
Abercromby, North Post, and fortifications on Cumberland Hill, Fort
George was considered the last major defense before the Port of Spain
Harbour. From its height of 1,200 feet, artillery shells could be
lobbed onto ships attempting to enter Port of Spain Harbour or land at
Mucurapo. The British understood the importance or preventing a landing
at Mucarapo as that was their landing point for their invasion in 1797.
Mucurapo was also the landing point for the Spanish conquistador Sedeno
in his invasions of Trinidad in 1531. The British constructed several
batteries for their cannon rising up the hill. Today there is an
apartment complex on the hill that is called The Battery as a result.
The ordinances (ammunition) for Fort George were kept at Cocorite
during the 1820’s and would have given rise to the name, Powder
Magazine, now bestowed on part of the area. According to the historian,
Michael Anthony, the construction of Fort George was overseen by a
Mandingo Muslim, Jonas Mohammed Bath. Before building the fort he had
to construct a road up the hill and it is believed that the present
road called Fort George Road was the route used. When constructed the
fort was originally called Fort Vigie and the name later changed to
Fort George in honour of King George III. Fort George never experienced
any military action and ceased to be a military establishment in 1846.
It was then converted into a signal station. The design of the signal
station was done by Prince Kofi Nti, son of King Kofi Calcali of
Ashantee, West Africa. He arrived in Trinidad on July 1, 1881, having
become a ward of the British Government after a war against the
Ashantees in 1872 and was assigned to the Works Department. In 1964
Fort George ceased operating as a signal station.
The Buccoo Reef is one of the most accessible
coral reefs in the Caribbean.It is a protected marine park located a
short distance off Pigeon Point and store Bay beaches. The reef has a
fascinating, colourful underwater life. World famous French
oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau visited Tobago's Buccoo
Reef and rated it as the third most spectacular reef in the world.
The Buccoo reef system is approximately 7 km2 (30 mls.2) in area and
consists of an arc of five reef flats that enclose a shallow reef
lagoon and the Bon Accord Lagoon. There is patchy distribution mainly
staghorn and star coral communities within the reef lagoon.The Bon
Accord Lagoon is consists primarily of macroalgae and seagrass
communities. The mangrove wetland fringing the lagoon is primarily red
mangrove. Seaward of the reef flats, the fore-reef slopes to depths of
15-30 m. Brain coral, star coral, and elkhorn coral are the dominant
coral species on the fore-reef.
There are daily tours to the reef using glass-bottom boats these allow
you to view the reef from inside. You are also given snorkel gear and
allowed to swim briefly in some parts of the reef and the adjacent
The Nylon Pool - so named by Princess Margaret on her visit there in
1962, is a shallow white sand area just behind the Buccoo Reef. The
waters of Nylon Pool are said to have the ability to rejuvenate anyone
lucky enough to swim in it.
is a natural eco-vacation delight - this Caribbean island seems custom
made for ecotourism.
Like its bigger sister Trinidad, Tobago was once a part of the South
American continent, thus it has an extensive range of flora and fauna
unlike any other Caribbean island. Tobago's well preserved forested
central mountain range is the oldest protected nature reserve in the
western hemisphere. It was declared a reserve in 1764 shortly after the
island fell under British rule. Over 200 bird species live on or
frequent the island, including the majestic frigate birds found off St
Giles, on Tobago's north coast; and the rare Red-billed Tropic birds
that nest on the cliffs of Little Tobago off Speyside.
Deep in Tobago’s rain forest can be found the Collared Trogons while on
the outskirts, amidst the forest trees the Motmot (also known as King
of the Woods) perches boldly, his distinctive tail rendering him
The best hiking area is the forested Main Ridge. The Gilpin and Niplig
trails are easy entry points. There are several others. There are
several waterfalls but the Argyle Falls, just south of Roxborough, is
the easiest to get to.
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