Englishman's Bay is a secluded gorgeous beach.
It's a lovely place 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.
It is also a great area for birding.Related to:
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Over the mountain
Man -o-War Bay is a large horseshoe shaped bay that fronts the village of Charlotteville. As you come down the steep road of an evening or very early morning you may see pairs of parrots flying in front of you.
There is a super place to snorkel just a 10 minute walk and several steps down to the beach from here, at Pirate's Bay, ask a local how to find it.
If you want to explore, take a walk out to the site of the old Fort Campbell. It is left a ways.
Last but not least, if you spend the night at a guesthouse here expect to hear roosters crowing very early in the morning.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Professor Luise Kimme, a German sculptor, lives below the village of Bethel, Tobago since 1979, where she has her studio and the Luise Kimme Sculpture Museum. Her unique Caribbean sculptures are created from native wood, often making use of the natural growth of trees and limbs.When holidaying in Tobago, a Sunday visit to the Kimme Museum is a must. There you can admire the larger than life size sculptures made from oak and cedar wood, depicting perfect portraits of the Tobago islanders.
Visiting hours: Sundays from 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. Visits at other times can be arranged per telephone ( 868) 639-0257. ( To get to the museum you pass the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel and follow the "Luise Kimme Museum" signs all the way up.)Related to:
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Off shore birding
A boat trip out to St. Giles Island off the northern tip of Tobago is quite an experience.
These are a group of tiny islands and rocks comprising 72 acres, protected since 1968.
They attract flocks of magnificent frigatebirds, boobies, tropicbirds, and terns.
Landing is not encouraged so it is best to just go by slowely by boat.Related to:
Little Rockly Bay
I am sitting on a fallen coconut tree at Little Rockly Bay: It is lined with coconut trees, this scenic stretch runs along the old coast road, with crashing waves and stunning Atlantic views. It is near Ocean Point Hotel.
You can see Scarborough in the background.Related to:
Fountain of Youth
Go to Pidgeon Point and get aboard a glass-bottomed boat for a guided tour over the Coral Gardens with its abundant marine life. From there cruise to Buccoo Reef for an hour's snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the reef. After the snorkelling, take a refreshing swim in the "Nylon Pool" with its shallow waters, rumoured to have life-giving properties. This is Tobago's version of the "Fountain of Youth".Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Leatherback Turtle Egg Laying
During the spring, around April, the great Leatherback sea turtle comes to shore along the northeast and east coasts of Trinidad. There are several places, such as Matura or Salybia where a native guide will take you to the beach to observe them laying their clutches of eggs.Related to:
Las Cuevas Beach
Maracas Beach is famous for post-Carnival relaxation & for it's incredible waves and good vibes (& most famously for it's shark-n-bake!), but if you're looking for a less populated beach just drive on past Maracas to Las Cuevas!
Las Cuevas gets it's name from the caves that have been carved out by the pounding surf - the caves are shallow but fun to explore. The waves at Las Cuevas are a little less rambunctious than Maracas (in case you're a wave junkie!) but the beach doesn't seem to draw the crowds that Maracas does, and you won't find as many food vendors at Las Cuevas either. For a quiet day on the beach I recommend Las Cuevas.
There's a snack bar, car park, changing rooms with showers & toilets.
It can be accessed by the Saddle Road through Maraval or by the Saddle Road from San Juan through Santa Cruz, and again onto the North Coast Road - it's roughly 1 hour from Port of SpainRelated to:
One more look at Bamboo
Okay, one more look at this amazing bamboo, here I asked Zohara to brave the jungle to get close to the bamboo and she was the brave girl I married and got out of the car and crossed over the 1.5 meters of jungle to get to the bamboo so I could take this picture.
But enough of this, take a look at the size of the bamboo, now when people tell me that in the far east it can be used as scaffolding for buildings, I know up close and personal that it is true.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Explore the wonderfull world of the rainforest.
From Roxborough, take the road through the Tobago Forest Reserve.
Almost at he end of this road, there in a big stone, marking the beginning of a small route (See picture) through the rainforest. It goes all the way to Bloody Bay.
Here you will see all kinds of birds, crabs and beautifull plants and flowers.
There are tourguides sitting at the beginning of the route sometimes.
However, you don't need them, unless you like someone explaining what kind of birds, reptiles and flowers you are watching.Related to:
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The Highland waterfalls are more impressive than the "famous" Argyle waterfalls.
As this waterfall is totally unmarked, this makes finding it without a guide impossible.
Particularly as this one is located in an area where you are unlikely to find a living sole to ask directions.
The falls can be found to the left of the minor road between Les Coteaux and Mason Hall. Ignore the "Road Closed" sign at the turn off. Having driven as far up the trail as you can, you park and take a 10-15 minute hot hike alongside a stream to the falls, where the lagoon before the falls offers a perfect location for a cooling dip.
One of the only tours, that go there is the Jeep safari, booked by http://www.tobagonow.com/tour01.htmRelated to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Budget Travel
The capital city in Tobago is a congested, bustling area. Perhaps the busiest area in Tobago.
Not a place for unwinding but great for shopping for local crafts and produce.
Visit the market area and sample an abundance of fruits and local delicacies.
Hiking in Trinidad
This is the same post as in my 'Must Do Activity' Read on... if you didn't read that one!
Everyone knows about the Trinidad Carnival (I'll post about that some other time!!) and about the lovely beaches in Tobago, but they forget that Trinidad is not your average caribbean island and there is a lot of wilderness left - especially in the Northern Range mountains where the plantations were abondoned in the 1970s and left to grow wild.
Because of the high mountains, there are spectacular waterfalls - if you know where to find them. That's where a hiking guide comes in.
If you are on a budget (who isn't?), consider going with a local guide that charges local prices.
There are several clubs and tour operators to choose from - everything from the 'Hashers' who run through the forest to the Field Naturalists (http://www.wow.net/ttfnc/) who take a more scientific approach and stop to smell the flowers, so to speak.
My favourite for both adventure and socialising is the Hike Seekers (www.hikeseekers.com) - the group was mostly of locals, with a sprinkling of visiting yachtspeople and tourists.
The leader, 'Snake' was an army scout and knows the land. He is always 'blazing' new trails, so every year there are new places to explore!
The hikes range from easy walks and a picnic-lunch (some of the guys carry in food, drink and a propane cooker into the jungle). Other hikes are an endurance course, but always worth the trip!
This is a 'must must' do activity for everyone. Snake and his hiking regulars will welcome you.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
There are quite a few places...
There are quite a few places to visit in Trinidad off the beaten track. You can either contact local tour operators or arrange transportation yourself. Always call ahead and obtain up to date information as to availability of the site.
Some of the things to do or places to see are:
observe Trinidad 'manitees' in the Nariva swamp
watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs watch on the north coast
Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust,
observe wildlife and butterflies and hummingbirds at the Asa Wright Nature Centre located near Arima in the Northern Range.
You can getthere by driving yourself, or hiring a tourist taxi. An actual tour operator will most probably provide a bus for transportation.
Caroni Swamp and Bird...
Caroni Swamp and Bird Sanctuary is situated on the west coast of Trinidad and is built around the island's largest river, the Caroni. The Caroni Swamp includes fifteen thousand acres of marshland, tidal lagoons, and mangrove trees. The Caroni Swamp is famous for its Bird Sanctuary. Daily evening tours in large flat-bottomed boats take visitors to see flocks of scarlet ibis returning to roost on the mangrove islands. Bring insect repellent and binoculars.
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