11 Best Beaches in Tobago Uncovered: Your Passport to Paradise!

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Why do Tobago beaches deserve a spot on your bucket list when exploring this charming Caribbean island? Well, for starters, Trinidad’s smaller sister island is home to unspoiled beaches backed by jungle but also has beautiful beaches with palm trees and restaurants. We have handpicked 11 stunning beaches in Tobago that you should experience at least once.

beaches in Tobago: 11 beaches in Tobago that you should experience at least once.

Despite being the ‘second’ island in the dual nation of Trinidad and Tobago, it quickly becomes apparent that the smaller, laid-back island has a prettier shoreline.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The island’s beaches aren’t just for sunbathing and swimming; they’re also prime spots for snorkelling. All Tobago beaches are free to visit, except for the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, which requires an entry fee for access.

 

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Here are 11 of the best beaches in Tobago

Having spent two weeks exploring Tobago’s rich culture and natural wonders, we’ve had the privilege of discovering some of its most breathtaking beaches. Here, we share our firsthand experiences and insider tips to help you make the most of your visit to this tropical paradise. These are the best beaches you need to visit.

 

1. Pigeon Point

Tobago beaches - Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point isn’t just a slice of paradise – it’s the entire dessert buffet.

 

It’s easy to see why Pigeon Point is one of the first Tobago beaches many tourists visit. This gorgeous nature reserve on the island’s southwestern coast is Tobago’s most famous beach. It isn’t just your average seaside spot – it’s an internationally recognized symbol of the island. Why, you ask? Because Mother Nature shows off her finest work here, leaving you speechless from the moment you arrive.

 

Tobago beaches: Pigeon Point is one of the first Tobago beaches many tourists visit because this gorgeous nature reserve on the island’s southwestern coast is the island's most famous beach.

Every moment in Pigeon Point feels like a scene from a postcard.

 

Pigeon Point has swaying coconut palm trees and a stretch of powdery white sand so soft, like walking on clouds. It has calm reef-protected waters, which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Sounds like a dream, right?

 

Pigeon Point Heritage Park beaches

Pigeon Point Heritage Park beaches

Did you know Pigeon Point Heritage Park has not one, not two, but 3 gorgeous beaches? Each has its own character – it’s like a beach trio, each with its own starring role. These 3 beaches are:

 

  • North Beach
  • South Beach
  • Main Beach

 

Pigeon Point’s North Beach

beaches in Tobago: Pigeon Point's North Beach is one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding beaches in Tobago. But watch out for those waves, as there is no lifeguard on duty on this side of the heritage park.

Pigeon Point’s North Beach, with white sands, runs towards Buccoo. This part of Pigeon Point is not just for lounging, it’s a perfect playground for water-sport enthusiasts. Adventurous come here to dance with the wind and ride the waves because it’s one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding beaches in Tobago. Waters sports specialist Radical Sports and Reel Thunder Charters will ensure you make the most of your day here. But watch out for those waves, as there is no lifeguard on duty on this side of Pigeon Point.

Tobago beaches - Pigeon Point North Beach

 

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Don’t miss out on a nighttime bioluminescence tour and see glowing plankton light up the night. Join Radical Sports on a kayak or paddleboard, or go by boat with Fish Tobago Tours. Bioluminescence tours start at Pigeon Point’s North Beach and last approximately 2.5 hours.

Before you book, we recommend you check if the Bio is on a cycle for optimal viewing. A bioluminescence experience is harder to see after several days of rain or if there was rain that day. Also, remember that it’s the best experience if the sky is dark – avoid this tour on a full moon. Expect to pay at least USD 60 per person for a bioluminescence tour (as of February 2024).

 

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GOOD TO KNOW:

Pigeon Point’s North Beach has wheelchair-accessible toilets and a changing room. It also has huts, picnic tables and Renmars Restaurant and Bar on the south end of the North Beach.

 

The Main Beach at Pigeon Point

No trip to Tobago would be complete without a visit to the Main Beach at Pigeon Point. This gorgeous beach with the famous Pigeon Point Jetty is the most popular beach on the island. Why do you ask? The Main Pigeon Point Beach is one of the best beaches in Tobago because it has calm waters with lifeguards patrolling on duty and offers stunning views. Plus, this beach, surrounded by a pretty lagoon and bordered by a coral reef, is a place to go if you are looking for a beach with a buzz.

And here is the best part: join a glass-bottom Buccoo Reef boat tour which regularly departs from the Pigeon Point Jetty. Not only can you spot pretty corals, but you can also see turtles at nearby Buccoo Reef (if you’re lucky). After that, you can swim in the unique Nylon Pool.

Tobago beaches: The Main Pigeon Point Beach is one of the best Tobago beaches because it's the island's most popular beach and has the most photographed pier in the world.

Many say the Pigeon Point Jetty is the most photographed pier in the world. You can find it in all travel magazines which promote the island.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

The Main Beach at Pigeon Point has excellent beach facilities such as bathrooms, showers, changing rooms and lockers. Other tourist amenities include souvenir shops (the best place to buy fridge magnets on the island) and water-sport shops. You can rent beach chairs and beach umbrellas for the same price – $TT 30 (USD 4 each, as of February 2024)). Also, beach huts are available for rental.

Pigeon Point Heritage Park

If you are hungry, find bars and two restaurants that offer delicious food. Renmars & Traditions offers local and international cuisine, and the Caribbean Kitchen specializes in Tobago’s famous bake and shark. Alternatively, visit Liz’s by D’ Bay, which prepares traditional Creole dishes like stew chicken, ox tail, salt fish or crab & dumplings. You can find it on the right just before the main entrance to the Pigeon Point Heritage Park.

 

Pigeon Point’s South Beach

Tobago beaches: Pigeon Point's South Beach is one of the best Tobago beaches because it's a secret hideout. This white sandy beach with coconut palm trees offers a quieter experience compared to the other two Pigeon Point beaches.

Looking for a secret hideout in paradise? Then look no further than Pigeon Point’s South Beach. This stretch of white sand with stunning coconut palm trees offers a quieter experience compared to the other two beaches. Pigeon Point’s South Beach is a haven for paddle-boarders, kayakers and romantic souls who need peaceful moments.

But here’s the kicker – there is no lifeguard on duty here. Hence, keep an eye out for those gentle waves when you dip your toes in the water, and be careful if you decide to climb those pretty coconut palms.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Near the jetty, at the beginning of Pigeon Point’s South Beach, are a few shops. They sell beachwear, handmade crafts, souvenirs and water sports accessories. Remember, there are no facilities like toilets and changing rooms in this part of Pigeon Point.

Tobago beaches - South Beach Pigeon Point

South Beach

 

YOU VISIT PIGEON POINT HERITAGE  – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Pigeon Point lies on the island’s southwest tip, only a 10-minute drive from the Arthur N. R. Robinson International Airport.
  • Pigeon Point Park operates daily from 9 am until 5 pm. Entrance fees apply for access to all three beaches within Pigeon Point Park. The daily entrance fee for adults to the Pigeon Point Heritage Park is $TT 20 (about USD 3), as of February 2024. You can also opt for a weekly pass for the Pigeon Point Heritage Park for $TT 100, which is just under USD 15. Children aged six to 12 pay $TT 10 (USD 1.50) for a day or $TT 50 (USD 7.50) for a weekly pass.
  • Senior T&T citizens over 65 years old can enjoy Pigeon Point complimentary entry. But remember to bring your valid T&T ID card.

 

Pigeon Point - South Beach

Pigeon Point South Beach

 

WATER WHEELCHAIRS AT PIGEON POINT

Did you know they even have a floating wheelchair at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park? These water wheelchairs cater for anyone who faces mobility issues or disability. If you need more information, contact them at (868) 639-0601 or contact@pigeonpoint.tt.

 

sea turtle hatchling

DID YOU KNOW?

Pigeon Point serves as a nesting spot for both hawksbill and green turtles. Their nesting season typically runs from mid-March – July.

 

If you fancy a yoga class, join Brunella’s yoga sessions on Sunday between 8.30 and 9.30 am. Don’t forget to bring your mat, towel, water and $TT 60. It’s just under USD 9 (as of February 2024) plus an additional entry fee to the park. For more information contact Brunella at +1868 779 9873.

 

2. Nylon Pool Tobago

beaches in Tobago - Nylon Pool

Let us paint a picture of why Nylon Pool stands out from other swimming hot spots. Well, for starters, the most visited attraction in Trinidad and Tobago is not your average dip in the ocean. It’s a sand bar near Pigeon Point (it lies miles from the island’s coast). The water is so clear here that you can practically count the grains of sand beneath your feet.

Tobago beaches: The Nylon Pool is one of the unique Tobago beaches because it is a sandbank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. This shallow pool is only 1 metre deep and offers excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.

Why should you come here? Nylon Pool is a unique attraction because it is a sandbank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. This shallow pool is only 1 metre (3.2 ft) deep and offers excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Nylon Pool is an unforgettable adventure where you can meet playful tropical fish and friendly sea turtles floating gracefully through the water.

 

FUN FACTS:

According to local knowledge, Princess Margaret named Nylon Pool during her visit to Tobago in 1962. The British princess pointed out the pool’s clarity to her nylon stockings. Hence, the name Nylon Pool.

 

But wait, it gets better! Let’s dive into the legend, shall we? Legend has it that the waters of Nylon Pool possess supernatural powers, granting youth to those who take a dip. Locals swear by its mystical powers to make you look ten years younger when you swim in Nylon Pool. So, if you have been searching for the Fountain of Youth, look no further than Nylon Pool. Trust us, once you experience Nylon Pool, you will understand why it’s one of the best things to do in Tobago.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

The only way to access Nylon Pool is with a boat. You can go with Fish Tobago Tours or take a boat tour from Pigeon Point or Store Bay. A glass-bottom boat will whisk you to the middle of the sea, where you can explore the Buccoo Reef and also Nylon Pool. Boat tours to Nylon Pool start from USD 57 for a 3-hour and 30-minute tour as of February 2024.

 

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3. Englishman’s Bay

beaches in Tobago: Englishman’s Bay is also one of the best beaches in Tobago because it’s one of the prettiest bays on the island, which has perfect snorkelling opportunities.

If Robinson Crusoe were to set foot in Tobago, Englishman’s Bay would surely be his destination.

 

Englishman’s Bay is also one of the best beaches in Tobago because it’s one of the prettiest bays on the island. This stunning horseshoe of yellow sand starts immediately after the thick tropical rainforest ends. Its crystal-clear water is so inviting that you want to take a dip and wash away all your worries.

It’s perfect for snorkelling and surfing, just remember – this beach has strong currents. If you’re not a strong swimmer, stay closer to the shore. Always swim or snorkel with somebody and keep an eye on each other. So, be careful because you will not find a lifeguard on duty here.

Here’s the kicker: despite its breathtaking beauty, Englishman’s Bay is rarely busy. It’s one of Tobago’s real jewels, like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by adventurers. Chances are you will hear more sounds of wild parrots and colourful Motmot birds than tourists talking. Sounds perfect, right?

Tobago beaches: Englishman’s Bay is one of the most beautiful Tobago beaches and the island's hidden gems waiting to be discovered by tourists.

If you fancy a day without the crowds, Englishman’s Bay is the place to be. It’s like your own private slice of paradise – just you, the sand and the sea.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The rainforest behind the Englishman’s Bay teems with birdlife, and the beach itself serves as a nesting ground for the leatherback turtle.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Englishman’s Bay doesn’t have many facilities – there is only one local restaurant Eula’s. This small restaurant serves local food like roti and shrimp. You can also rent beach chairs here.
  • Remember, there are no public toilets, bars or shops at Englishman’s Bay. There is a small gift shop where you can buy some souvenirs. You can find here some local vendors on the weekend.
  • We highly recommend bringing along a picnic and spending the day relaxing on this pretty beach.

 

HOW TO GET TO ENGLISHMAN’S BAY:

Englishman's Bay

Englishman’s Bay lies between Castara and Parlatuvier on the island’s northern coast. The Northside Road, twisting through jungle hillsides, has hardly a building in sight. Englishman’s Bay is not very visible from this road and requires a keen eye. Pay attention to a blue and white sign which indicates a left turn. The bumpy, unpaved road leads to a small car park near the beach.

 

4. Parlatuvier Bay Tobago

beaches in Tobago - Parlatuvier Bay

Parlatuvier Pier stands as a testament to the local’s dedication to fishing. Visit it between morning and lunchtime, and you will witness the returning locals with their catches.

 

Just a 10-minute drive from Englishman’s Bay is Parlatuvier Bay. This beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach with golden sands ranks among the most peaceful beaches in Tobago. It lies between the thick tropical rainforest and the Caribbean Sea. It is approximately 500 metres (0.3 miles) long, has a laid-back atmosphere, small fishing boats and a pier in the middle.

But here’s where Parlatuvier Bay really stands out – it’s not just a beach, it’s a beach with a river. Yes, you heard that right. A river meets the sea here and creates a magical spot where the locals enjoy bathing at the river’s mouth.

While other beaches are all about shallow paddling pools, Parlatuvier Bay is, in fact, different. Why do you ask? The currents here are usually stronger than your morning coffee and its water? It’s so deep that you could lose your car keys and they’d be gone forever. So, if you are not a strong swimmer, it’s wise to have a trusty floatie (just in case) or stick to sunbathing. Since there’s no lifeguard here, always snorkel or swim with a companion.

Tobago beaches: Glasgow’s Bar, on the hill above the village, offers breathtaking views of Parlatuvier Beach, which is one of the best Tobago beaches.

 

TIPS:

  • Soak up the views from the top deck of Glasgow’s Bar. This small bar is on the hill above the village and offers breathtaking views. They will make you want to pinch yourself to check if you are dreaming. If lucky, you may spot the parrots flying above your head!
  • Find Parlatuvier Waterfall – it’s only about a three-minute walk from the beach. The entrance to the waterfall is opposite the pier but above the road. While not massive, the waterfall is a serene oasis well worth the visit. And the best of all, it’s free to explore.

 

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5. Pirate’s Bay Tobago

beaches in Tobago: Pirate’s Bay is one of our favourite beaches in Tobago because you’re more likely to spot a curious crab than noisy tourists. This pretty beach also has a healthy coral reef close to the shores.

Let us tell you why Pirate’s Bay is one of our favourite beaches in Tobago. This secluded bay near sleepy Charlottesville is not just a stunning beach – it’s also a sanctuary. Unlike the famous Pigeon Point, this hidden gem offers a slice of paradise without crowds. Here, you’re more likely to spot a curious crab than noisy tourists.

 

It takes a little effort to get here, but Pirate’s Bay is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

It takes a little effort to get here, but Pirate’s Bay is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

 

Pirate’s Bay has powdery golden sands framed by trees, ferns and foliage. The calm and crystal-clear waters invite you like a siren’s song, tempting you to dip your toes in the water.

 

But what sets Pirate’s Bay apart from other Tobago beaches?

Pirate’s Bay offers excellent snorkelling – it’s a snorkeler’s dream come true. This gorgeous reef extends from Charlotteville to Pirate’s Bay. It has calm waters and stunning corals relatively close to the shore. Grab a snorkel gear and explore the right side of the bay, where you can spot critically endangered corals. Dive into a vibrant underwater world – it’s like a treasure chest of marine wonders! You can even meet up with green turtles and see vibrant shoals of fish swimming between hard and soft corals, sponges, and sea fans.

 

Pirate’s Bay offers excellent snorkelling – it’s a snorkeler's dream come true.

 

TIPS:

  • Protect this beautiful coral reef for future generations by using only biodegradable sunscreen.
  • Avoid stepping on corals – these fragile animals can easily break underfoot. Remember, corals are very slow-growing. Only a small injury can take months to heal or can even kill corals.
  • Also, get rid of your litter properly, and pick up any debris you see on the beach.

 

FUN FACT:

Here is a juicy part: the legend has it Pirate’s Bay is a smuggler’s paradise. According to local knowledge, centuries ago, pirates who roamed the Caribbean Sea hid their treasures in this pretty bay. So, if you dare to seek fortune here, remember that the true treasures lie in the thrill of adventure and memories created here.

 

beaches in Tobago: Pirate's Bay is one of the unique beaches in Tobago because the legend says it's a smuggler’s paradise. According to local knowledge, centuries ago, pirates hid their treasures here.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Pirate’s Bay doesn’t receive many daily visitors due to its remote location. While it’s free of charge, there is no official water taxi with a set schedule and no set rate.

 

If you want to access Pirates Bay, you have only two options:

  1. Strike a deal with one of the local fishermen in nearby Charlotteville to drop you off at Pirate’s Bay on a small boat. A short boat ride takes about 5 minutes and costs approximately $TT 40 (USD 6) as of February 2024.
  2. Alternatively, take a short hike from Charlotteville to Pirate’s Bay. You can also drive up the narrow dirt track, but be careful if you meet an outcoming car. Park at the lookout – there is a tiny turn-around area about 15 metres (50 feet) before the top. After that, you need to follow 150 stairs down to the beach.

 

Pirate's Bay stairs to the beach

Stairway to paradise

 

Additionally, Pirate’s Bay lacks facilities such as shops, restaurants or toilets. Usually, you can find one friendly local here who rents out 8 chairs for $TT 20, or about USD 3. Also, bring snacks and drinks with you. Afterwards, visit one of the restaurants in Charlottesville and try the local specialities.

 

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6. Lovers’ Bay

beaches in Tobago: Why is Lovers’ Bay one of the best beaches in Tobago? Lovers’ Bay stands out because it has unique pink sands and offers perfect snorkelling opportunities. This bay has healthy corals, including magnificent brain corals.

If there is another beach you shouldn’t miss it’s Lovers’ Bay. Why is Lovers’ Bay one of the best beaches in Tobago? Well, for starters, this remote secret beach is an intimate escape tailor-made for romance and peace. Lovers’ Bay stands out because it has crushed-shell sands which sparkle pink on sunny days. And here is a fantastic part: this small cove has calm, sheltered waters which are a haven for underwater adventures.

 

Tobago beaches: Lovers’ Bay earns its spot among the best Tobago beaches due to its exceptional snorkelling opportunities. Lovers’ Bay has healthy corals, including magnificent brain corals.

Lovers’ Bay earns its spot among the best Tobago beaches due to its exceptional snorkelling opportunities. This bay has healthy corals, including magnificent brain corals.

 

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Don’t forget to take a waterproof camera. Large, healthy corals are just a step away from the shore.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Lovers’ Bay is far from the usual tourist areas on the island and requires a bit of effort to get there. This pretty pink sand beach edged by tropical rainforest lies nearby the ruins of Fort Campbellton, opposite Booby Island. You can find it just a few kilometres to the west of Charlotteville. It’s tricky to get here but trust us, it’s 100 % worth visiting.

 

how to get to Lovers' Bay

  • The only way to reach Lovers’ Bay is by making a deal with a local fisherman in Charlotteville. You must arrange a pick-up time – otherwise, you will be stranded there.
  • Remember that if the tide is high, the beach is tiny.
  • Bring snacks and water with you if you plan to stay here longer. Don’t forget to take all litter with you.

 

7. Turtle Beach Tobago

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach also deserves a spot on your Tobago bucket list because it has a tranquil atmosphere. This mile-long sandy beach gets natural shade from trees, which partially cover it. While it doesn’t have lifeguards on duty, the nearby hotel put up flags for sea bathers. They indicate if the sea is safe for a swim and sports activities like jet skis and kayaking. But what sets Turtle Beach apart from other Tobago beaches?

seine fishing

Here is a juicy part: come to this beach early in the morning, and you can witness the traditional net fishing that has remained unchanged for around 150 years. And you can also help the locals pull the seine nets from the sea. But wait, it gets better!

Did you know that the giant leatherback turtles come every year to Tobago because of their ancient egg-laying ritual? These pretty creatures have dragged themselves onto the island to deposit their precious eggs in beach sand for thousands of years. Turtle Beach is one of those few beaches in Tobago.

 

turtle nesting

Turtle Beach – its name isn’t just for a show. This stunning beach is a hotspot for sea turtles during nesting season. If you have ever dreamed of seeing these pretty creatures laying their eggs, visit this beach between March and September. Trust us, it’s an experience you will never forget – it’s a sight straight out of a nature documentary.

 

TIPS:

If you visit Turtle Beach during the nesting season, remember:

 

  • Don’t disturb and touch the nesting turtles or hatchlings
  • Keep a safe distance from the laying turtle and also be quiet
  • Don’t use a flashlight or flash photography – it makes turtles and hatchlings confused.
  • Also, don’t drive on nesting beaches as it can crush eggs buried in the sand.

 

The Starfish Resort organises a turtle watch during the nesting season.

DID YOU KNOW?

The nearby Starfish Tobago resort organises a turtle watch during the nesting season. Hotel staff notifies the guests when they spot the nestling turtles or release baby turtles into the sea.

 

Tobago beaches - Turtle Beach

GOOD TO KNOW:

The locals refer to Turtle Beach as Great Courland Bay. This beach is easily accessible. It has a road and a car park just next to the beach. The beach doesn’t have many amenities. During our stay, we appreciated the convenience of a gas station in the nearby village of Plymouth. You can also find Fort James and a small shop in Plymouth.

 

8. No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land is a little peninsula in the centre of the Bon Accord Lagoon.

Looking for a little piece of paradise tucked away from the hustle and bustle where time seems to slow down? Then you must visit No Man’s Land near Pigeon Point. What makes No Man’s Land special, you ask? Well, this white stretch of sand is untouched and uninhabited. It has the perfect setting for those seeking a deserted beach experience.

What awaits you once you set your foot here? No Man’s Land is not your typical beachfront. It’s a little peninsula in the centre of the Bon Accord Lagoon. Think of it as your private islands, a secluded haven bordered by lush greenery where you will be serenaded by the calls of exotic birds. No Man’s Land also has mangrove wetlands, which many species of birds call home. Plus, the waters here? No Man’s Land is ideal for swimming and snorkelling because it has calm and shallow waters.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Getting to No Man’s Land is half the adventure. How do you get there, you ask? Forget about strolling or driving – you need to hop on a boat from Pigeon Point or Store Bay. Join one of the boat tours with a BBQ feast and enough rum punch to make a pirate blush. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can rent a paddleboard or kayak and paddle your way to paradise. Just remember to pack some snacks and hydration because No Man’s Land lacks amenities.

 

9. Castara Bay

Castara

If Pirates Bay feels too distant, drive one hour from Pigeon Point to Castara Bay. Castara Bay has vibes as vibrant as the colours of the Caribbean sunset. It’s diverse, and no, we are not just referring to the marine life here. This crescent-shaped bay, with golden sands, has not one but two charming beaches.

The bustling heart of Castara, Big Bay, pulsates with the rhythm of local life, where fishermen carry out their age-old trade. Don’t miss the traditional sea fishing – a sight that’s been unchanged for generations.

Later, explore the more laid-back sibling of the two – Little Bay. This smaller, more secluded beach has rainforest behind it and a reef quite close to the shore. Snorkel in Little Bay and meet up with turtles and angelfish as if you’re in your personal aquarium.

Castara Bay has a perfect opportunity for snorkelling, especially on the smaller northern beach.

Castara Bay, with numerous palm trees, has a perfect opportunity for snorkelling, especially on the smaller northern beach.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

It doesn’t stop there – Castara has extra goodies up its sleeve. Did you know Castara Bay is alive with nature and buzzing with life? As twilight descends, fireflies dance in the darkness, and the sky comes alive with the twinkle of thousands of stars. During the day, you will be serenaded by hummingbird tunes and other feathered friends.

And let’s not forget about the Thursday night’s beach bonfires, where the music flows as freely as the rum punch. It’s a popular celebration on the island, which you don’t want to miss.

 

Castara Bay

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Castara is a small fishing community on the western side of Tobago. There is no hassle, only a handful of low-key guest houses and beautiful Castara Retreats with eco-lodges.
  • Castara Bay doesn’t have many facilities, but you can find a small supermarket, one ATM and two restaurants. Both Duck’s Seaside Café & Grill and Boat House serve the local specialities influenced by the Caribbean flavours.
  • If you come during the peak season, you might find a lifeguard on the beach.

 

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Castara Waterfall is only a short walk from the beach.

 

10. Grafton Beach

beaches in Tobago: Grafton Beach is one of the best beaches in Tobago because it isn’t just another gorgeous stretch of sand, it’s a crucial nesting site for the giant leatherback turtles, much like Turtle Beach.

Grafton Beach isn’t just another gorgeous stretch of sand, it’s a crucial nesting site for the giant leatherback turtles, much like Turtle Beach. These endangered giants are the largest sea turtles and weigh up to 500 kg (or 1,100 pounds). They come to Grafton Beach shores between March and June to lay their precious eggs. They require soft, dry sand to nest.  Fifty-five to seventy days later, the hatchlings come out.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Female leatherbacks don’t start nesting until they are about 25 years old. They return every two years to the same beach, where they take their first breath away. Sadly, only a fraction of hatchlings (about one in a thousand) survive to adulthood.

 

But turtle conservation is not the only draw of Grafton Beach. This approximately a half-mile-long stretch of shoreline is a haven for beach lovers. It has soft, light brown sand and gentle waters, perfect for swimming and also kayaking. If you want to explore beneath the surface, head towards the beach’s northern end. Perfect snorkelling spots for underwater adventures are especially near the Grafton Beach Resort.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

Grafton Beach lies approximately a 20-minute drive from Scarborough, the island’s capital. The locals often refer to this peaceful escape as Stonehaven Bay. While this beach has limited amenities, we found here a few local eateries, Fort Bennet and two small supermarkets that cater for its visitors.

 

11. Store Bay Tobago

One of the first and often last beaches many tourists visit is Store Bay. This 250 m (650 ft) long beach with golden sands is one of the busiest Tobago beaches. Why do you ask? Store Bay is the most popular public beach on the island. Step off the plane, and before you even say ‘beach’ you’re practically dipping your toes in the crystal-clear water. It requires only a 5-minute stroll from the island’s international airport – talk about convenience!

Now, let’s talk about the water, shall we? Store Bay has calm waters. Its nearby Kariwak Reef has a whole coral reef action just beneath the surface. Due to the absence of currents, this reef is perfect for beginners who want to learn snorkelling and diving. Look out for beautiful corals, barracuda and groupers. And if lucky, you might even spot a green moray.

You can also hop on the glass-bottom boat tours to Buccoo Reef from Store Bay and swim in the famous Nylon Pool. Also, if you’re craving jet skiing, kayaking and a lot of action, Store Bay is where it’s at!

powerboat race

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know Store Bay is also famous for Trinidad and Tobago’s Great Race? It’s one of the longest-running offshore powerboat races in the world. This powerboat competition has run over a fantastic 50 years. The boats in multiple speed classes arrive in Store Bay, and the fastest boat wins a title. This year, the Great Race is on the 17th of August 2024 – make sure you don’t miss this popular event.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

The area around Crown Point and Store Bay is the cosmopolitan hub of Tobago. During our time here, we found all amenities like restrooms, changing rooms, showers, and even umbrella rentals. Store Bay also boasts a lifeguard on duty, so you can ride those waves (with peace of mind).

Need a break from the sun? Store Bay is Tobago’s hotspot where the fun never takes a vacation! Store Bay has numerous hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments at its doorstep. Hungry? Visit one of the local restaurants and snack kiosks with budget-friendly prices. The craft market with small huts selling all sorts of locally-made crafts has you covered with all the souvenirs your heart desires.

 

Now you know what the best beaches in Tobago are!

 

12. A bonus point – Speyside’s coral reef

Speyside

Tobago’s reefs are rich and diverse due to the sedimentation from the great South American rivers. One of the best dive sites is around Speyside – it has an abundance of sponge life. You can even see one of the largest brain corals in the world at the Kelleston Drain site, just south of Little Tobago. It’s 4 metres (13 ft) high and 6 metres (20 ft) wide.

 

beyond Pigeon Point

It wasn’t just the breathtaking scenery that left a lasting impression on us. It was also the warm hospitality of the friendly locals that made our trip to Tobago truly memorable. We hope that by sharing our experiences, you will be inspired to embark on your own adventures and discover the magic of Tobago’s beaches beyond your local beach.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and the current local regulations before planning your trip to Tobago. Always respect the natural beauty and also cultural heritage of this stunning island.

 

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Tobago beaches

Have you been to Tobago? What was your favourite beach and why? Let us know in the comments below which Tobago beaches we should also visit.

 

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