Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Maracas Bay rated among best beaches in the Caribbean

While locals gripe about the state of Maracas Bay while development works are being done, foreigners are rating it among the best beaches in the Caribbean.

In FlightNetwork's recently released World's Top Beaches list, Maracas Bay is rated at number 20 among the Top 50 beaches in the Caribbean and Latin America. 

To create Central America and the Caribbean’s Top 50 Beaches, FlightNetwork collected insight from over 1200 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies, who know all things travel.

"With its piercing blue water and fluorescent green vegetation, Maracas Bay brings life to the term “seventh-heaven.” The bay is located on the northern side of Trinidad Island. It is nestled in a rainforest one hour’s drive away from the capital city of Port-of-Spain. The crescent-shaped beach shelters the water from swelling tides so the water is placid, perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Grab a drink and a bite to eat at one of the small, local vendors and sink into a nap on the gorgeous shore. With consistent temperatures year-round, Maracas Bay is the perfect escape for anyone seeking to be awestruck by nature’s beauty in an exclusive, stunning location," the description said. 

Maracas Bay was rated 10 out of 10 for Sheer Natural Beauty, nine out of 10 for Remoteness and 9.5 out of 10 for Sand and Water quality. 

No Tobago beaches made the list. 

Recently, Stephen Broadbridge, Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association and director of local conservation group Papa Bois Conservation, shared photos of the Maracas Bay showing the condition of the beachfront. 

“The design is just unbelievably shabby, clumsy and cheap, it looks terrible. None of the other Caribbean islands would implement such an unattractive design,” he said of the development works that have been ongoing since 2016.

Beachgoers have also complained about the number of beach chair vendors operating on the beach. 

Below is the list of Caribbean beaches considered among the top 50 in the region according to their rank.

1) Grace Beach, Turks and Caicos

2) Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

3) Varadero Beach, Cuba

4) Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

5) Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic

6) Malmok Beach, Aruba

7) Half Moon Cay, Little San Salvador Island, The Bahamas

9) Flamenco beach, Puerto Rico

10) Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

11) Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

12) Bahia de las Aguilas, Dominican Republic

13) Baths of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

14) Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla

15) Trunk Bay, St John, USVI

16) Rincon Beach, Puerto Rico

19) Dickenson Bay, Antigua

20) Maracas Beach, Trinidad

21) Maho Bay, St Joh, USVI

22) Boston Bay Beach, Jamaica

23) Hawksnest Beach, USVI

24) Paraiso Beach, Cuba

25) Cockleshell Bay, St Kitts

26) Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

27) Cane Bay, St Croix, USVI

28) Harrismith Beach Barbados

29) James Bond Beach, Jamaica

30) Tobacco Caye, Belize

32) Petit Tabac, st Vincent and the Grenadines

34) Batibou Beach, Dominica

36) Winnifred Beach, Jamaica

39) Playa Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba

40) Cayman Kai, Cayman Islands

41) Jalousie Bay, St Lucia

42) Mopion Island, St Vincent And the Grenadines

44) Governors Beach, Turks and Caicos Island

45) Tropic of Cancer Beach, Exuma, Bahamas

46) Gold Rock Beach, Bahamas

48) Crane Beach, Barbados

50) Jacmel Beach, Haiti



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