TOP 5 Breathtaking Beaches To Visit In Tobago
One does not simply visit Tobago and not spend a day, or two, or even three, lounging on the white, sun-bleached, coral sand beaches that have made the island a must-visit destination for seasoned and novice travelers alike.
Whether you’re an avid swimmer or you prefer to tread water in the ‘kiddie’ or shallow end of the pool (called the sun-shelf; just FYI for all you trivia-nerds out there), the TOP 5 Beaches in Tobago are all located in a 10-kilometer radius of the most luxurious vacation rentals on the island.
Here’s what you need to know about the Top 5 Beaches to Visit in Tobago:
#5 - English Mans Bay
Tobagonians share the sentiment that Englishman’s Bay Beach is the quintessential Caribbean beach that is ideal for swimming, scuba/snorkeling, and CAMPING. If you love living in the outdoors, then Englishman’s Bay is the destination for you. North of Castara and south of Parletuvier, one cannot easily see the secluded bay from the Northside Road, adding to the serenity of this natural wonder it provides.
Encompassed by the thick tropical rainforest, this beach continues to lure visitors to its shore; whether rain or shine. Beach rentals such as; umbrellas and chairs will set the tone for a relaxing, sunny day, while snorkel rental offers land-lovers a chance to dip below the waves and discover a whole new world firsthand.
No ‘Englishman’, ‘Foreign-man’, or even ‘Trini-man’ can deny the beauty and gift of nature that is Englishman’s Bay, Tobago; a must-see when on the island, and a must-tell when you return home.
#4 - No Mans Land & Nylon Pool
A lush, hook-shaped peninsula that places beachgoers in the center of the Bon Accord Lagoon, this is No Man’s Land. Untouched and un-spoilt, this scenic escape can only be reached by boat, and for those of us who seek adventure, this location offers an alternative choice to the beaten path of other beaches in Tobago.
Just off in the distance, one is captivated by a view that I will classify as truly, “breath-taking”, the Nylon Pool is a shallow, clear, natural swimming pool, created by an offshore sandbar that settled in the calm lagoon. A regular spot for both locals and tourists, the Nylon Pool is the ‘post-card photo’ / ‘Instagram post’ that most people picture when they think of a Caribbean-Island-destination-vacation. The vibrant turquoise waters of the pool are a sight to behold. Whether you’re practicing your breaststroke or you decided to go with the flow, just lean back and float away. The waters of the pool are said to possess rejuvenating properties, and I for one will attest to just that.
Accessed by glass-bottom tour boats, the area was named by Britain’s Princess Margaret – on her honeymoon in 1962 – who likened the transparency of the waters to that of the nylon fishing lines used by local fishermen.
No matter if you’re visiting for work, play, or relaxation, No Man’s Lan & the Nylon Pool has something to offer for everyone.
#3 - Black Rock
Overlooking the beach and built by the Dutch somewhere between 1628 and 1636, Fort Bennett has seen its fair share of battles during its turbulent history. Now, in the twenty-first century, we can appreciate and enjoy the surrounding area of Black Rock, with no fear of cannon fire or swash-buckling pirates.
Black Rock is an all-in-one beach-front dream location. The geographic formation of large black rocks provided an easy name for this landmark destination, however, unknown to many, the imposing black rocks that litter the coastline may not be individual boulders, but instead part of one large rock that slumbers just beneath the sand.
Be sure to check out the activities the area has to offer; one is not limited in choosing whether to go surfing, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, or kayaking, why not do ALL? And when you get hungry there is no short supply of nearby restaurants and open-air lounges to select from.
#2 - Store Bay
Probably the busiest beach in Tobago, Store Bay is a two-minute walk from the ANR Robinson International Airport and the ideal place to indulge in some Curry-Crab and Dumplings. Continuing along this culinary experience are vendors selling local delicacies like spiced and sweetened red mango and coconut sugar cake, all greet you as you make your way to the beach.
The main activity that makes this beach famous is the boat tours. Store Bay is the launching port for glass-bottom boats touring the Buccoo Reefs, these vessels take guests over the crystal blue-green waters and deliver a spectacular view of the coral reefs just below one’s feet.
Snorkeling is highly recommended when visiting the beach, fish are often found very close to the shore. What lies under this blue-green crystal water? You’ll just have to dive in to see for yourself.
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And Finally #1 - Pigeon Point Heritage Park
Sitting on a 125-acre nature reserve, this stunning landscape hosts three spectacular white-sand beaches - North, South, and Main Beaches.
The North Beach blows windy and wavy, making it the perfect playground for water-sport enthusiasts. Here windsurfing and kiteboarding rule the foaming waves, and surfers make sure to tick them off their must-do lists, whenever they visit the island.
Tranquility best describes the vibe at South Beach. In contrast to the other two beaches, this beach is the perfect spot for a quiet, romantic interlude for two. After sun-bathing and perfecting a flawless tan, this beach offers relaxing water activities. Paddle-boarders and kayakers are seen dotted in the Caribbean Sea, as they glide across the glass-like waters, unbothered by the passing of time.
Our final beach rounding up this tropical trinity is the Main Beach. The most popular of the three, this bay hosts the famous Pigeon Point Jetty. It is the most traditional spot for beachgoers of any age and has remained the number one choice for family and friends who simply enjoy the convenience of restaurants and other amenities within walking distance.
If it’s gorgeous scenery you seek, if it’s flavorful food and drinks you desire, or if it’s the feeling of landing in paradise, then Pigeon Point Heritage Park is the scene you’ve been searching for.