Trinidad's Undiscovered Beaches
Marine researchers reveal Trinidad's most enchanting secrets. The greatest rush is witnessed at dead of night. The visitors loll in the soft sand under swaying palm trees in the pale reflection of the moon on the rippling waves. They’re regulars who return each year – and they’ve been doing so ever since dinosaurs were around. Ocean turtles always knew that Trinidad’s beaches were among the most charming in the Caribbean – and a new book proves they are right.
Most of the island’s beaches have remained almost undiscovered by tourists. Only insiders and researchers knew about them. "We have systematically investigated the coastlines for over 20 years", says Donna Spencer, speaker of the Institute of Marine Affairs. Now researchers are disclosing their secret. The "Guide to beaches and bays of Trinidad and Tobago" contains a minor sensation.
So far Tobago had been considered an eldorado for beach fans, but researchers have now reached a different conclusion. Out of the 53 beaches described in this book, 32 are in Trinidad, and only 21 on the sister island.
What makes Trinidad’s beaches so attractive is their variety. "On the east coast they’re up to 20 kilometers long and open, and in the south they’re bordered by high cliffs", explains project manager Charmaine O’Brian. "You’ll find the finest sand on the sheltered west coast where the sea is very shallow, and on the north coast the beaches are similar to those in Tobago. A bit shorter and surrounded by headland."
In their guidebook, the marine researchers give a detailed description of each single beach. Exact location maps and route descriptions lead the way to undiscovered coves. "We also provide information about the flora and fauna, though" emphasizes geologist O’Brian. "We want to increase people’s awareness for the sensitive balance of nature – so that ocean turtles will be able to brood on Trinidad’s beaches in future as well." For more information check www.ima.gov.tt
Trinidad’s busiest beach
Swaying coconut palm trees instead of rows of sunshades: it’s hard to believe that Maracas Bay (photo) is Trinidad’s busiest beach. This is where many inhabitants of the capital Port of Spain like to come to bathe. Those who prefer a little more peace and quiet only need to drive a bit further along the north coast: “My favourite place is Las Cuevas which is the next bay along”, tour guide Gunda Harewood tells us. “Right at the end there’s a clear stream that flows into the sea – I’m all by myself there.” And it’s the beaches on the east coast, which can be up to 20 kilometres long, that marine researcher Charmaine O’Brien loves. “They’re incredibly picturesque with the surf and the fishermen hauling in their nets.” Hotels, however, are scarce on Trinidad’s dream beaches.
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