Sunday 19 May, 2019

Tobago’s top 10 beaches, according to Tripadvisor

Photo: Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago.

Photo: Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago.

Although loved by many, Tobago’s Pigeon Point beach is not the most liked on the island, according to user reviews on travel website Tripadvisor.com.

The travel review website, which lists and allows for user-generated reviews for flights, hotels, activities and more on various countries, put the much-photographed Pigeon Point beach at third place.

Heading to the sister isle? Here’s a list of the top 10 beaches according to Tripadvisor members:

 

10. Stonehaven Bay

Ranking at number 10 is a well-known beach on Tobago’s north coast, Stonehaven Bay.  

“One of the nicest beaches on Tobago. Lovely bay, clean beaches, rough seas crashing onto the beach , palm trees and Waves beach bar. We stayed at Grafton Beach Resort and our room overlooked this bay - Fantastic,” said Andrew Spiers of Sheffield, UK.

 

9. Bloody Bay

Bloody Bay, named after a violent battle during the 18th century which left the waters red with blood, the beach is now a pristine, remote, and peaceful haven.

Visitors commented on the beach’s unique, if somewhat untamed, beauty.

“Classic tropical beach under mountains and rainforest. Feel you're right in the wilderness and a pirate ship might appear any moment (as they did). Great birdlife and a lovely river valley to explore/ Showers and toilets and life-guard too,” said user ‘AzzaAzza’ of Scotland.

 

8. Bacolet Bay Beach

Although named ‘Blue Haven Beach’, the correctly named Bacolet Bay beach was listed as the eighth favourite beach in Tobago.

“We stayed not far from this beach and apart from the weekends when the locals arrived to play football we had it to ourselves. It is the Beach that Robinson Crusoe came ashore in the DeFoe Novel of the same name:) The Beach Bar has a limited menu but the food was excellent, home cooked and had great flavour. A great place to read and relax with a beer,” said user ‘StuartB904’ of the UK.

 

7. Mount Irvine Beach

Mount Irvine Beach was another favourite, rated as a family-friendly beach close to hotels.

“Beach Paradise - visited this beach yesterday quiet unspoilt very friendly staff glorious day not to be missed. Child friendly swimming, snorkelling,” said ‘Lowndesy2016’ of the UK.

“Clear water, little current to worry you and usually very calm and comfortable water means you can swim out and enjoy the view of the beach. There is some coral and rock that attracts fish just a few yards offshore, so you can snorkel also. Definitely worth a visit,” said ‘AKP0116’ of Reading, UK.

 

6. Store Bay

Another popular beach, Store Bay’s small but convenient access, lovely tourist shops and delicious curried crab and dumplings is a hit with visitors.

“If you have never visited Store Bay food outlets you must, like Aunt Gemimers crab and dumplings.But we had a great beef burger and french fries all cooked fresh at the upstairs bar at Store Bay,” said user ‘triggy11’.

“Love this beach. You can literally walk to it for the airport. Great Wifi and I always rent chairs from Jerry. Man on the Rocks is an awesome bar on the beach with amazing drinks and music. The water is crystal clear and beautiful,” said user ‘Rose J’.

 

5. Pirate’s Bay

Named after swashbuckling pirates who visited the beach to store their ill-gained loot, Pirates Bay remains a beautifully remote, untouched paradise on Tobago’s northeast coast.

Famous pirates such as Henry Morgan, Captain Finn and Blackbeard used the beach as their base for raids on Spanish fleets. Some believe there is still buried treasure at Pirate’s Bay.

The beach was also part of the set of the 1960s film Swiss Family Robinson.

Although hard to access, tourists said the long trip is worth it.

“The Pirate's Bay is an absolute must see when visiting Trinidad & Tobago. The water is very clear and not very deep near the shore. You can even do some snorkelling when you're there. You can spend anywhere between 30 min or the whole day, so plan accordingly and enjoy. Please note that you will require some physical activity (longer walk/ stair climb) to get there,” said ‘kmsultan’ of London, Canada.

“I am a little loathed to tell you all about this place, as you want to keep places like this secret, but this is paradise.  An amazing beach all alone with my family and the pelicans, clear seas great for snorkelling. A great bar for cold beers and good food. The only own side was because of all of the Pelicans it smelt a bit fishy but with these views you soon forget about that,” said ‘gregdacey’ of London, UK.

 

4. Nylon Pool, Tobago

Although not a beach per se, the Nylon Pool with its beautiful turquoise waters was also rated as a top feature.

Princess Margaret named the stunning feature during a visit in 1962 after seeing its electric blue waters.

Canadian user ‘Christopher B’ said the experience was wonderful.

“Nylon pool reminds me very much of parts of the Bahamas. You come across this crystal clear pol in the middle of nowhere. The water is calm and in some places shallow. Totally worth doing along with Buccoo Reef.

“We visited the Nylon Pool during our glass bottom boat tour and it is a fantastic experience that I would not want to miss in my life! Warm super-clear water in a shallow sand covered shallow in the middle of the sea,” said Dr Andreas K of Germany.

“We visited Nylon pool twice, it is absolutely stunning, the water is amazing & apparently I should be 18 yrs old now..ha ha ha!! Highly recommend a trip,” said Sophie O. of the UK.

 

 

3. Pigeon Point Beach

The third most-loved Tobago beach is the popular tourist favourite, Pigeon Point Beach.

Tripadvisor user TrishaJTC of New York, USA said the beach was  picturesque and lovely.

The beach is picturesque. There are shower, toilet facilites lining the beach. Restaurants on site, ice cream sold on site, bar on site. It's ideal to spend a day. You get the glass bottom boats right on the beach as well. There is free WiFi. You won't regret the visit to this beach.”

Tripadvisor ‘Q4970OJpetrak’ rated the beach as one on her bucket list.

Best Beach Ever - This one has been on my bucket list for years. I have rarely seen a better beach and I have never seen a green ocean like this one. Wow.”

However Justin S of Woodbride, Virginia, was less than pleased with his experience, giving the beach a three-star rating.

“To be fair, the entryway and gardens make for a spectacular view. Full of fountains and man made waterfalls, good grounds keeping that would make a golf course jealous, and cute shops, a full bar and restaurant, plus sports shop make it convenient for a family to visit. But from entry (20TT per adult just to enter) to parking your car, expect to be hounded by Frankie's Tour Boat company salesmen, who every five feet, will ask you if you want to buy tickets to see the nylon pools. On top of that, we find out later that they are ripping off tourists by selling 75TT tickets for 100TT (just over $10),” he said.

 

2. Englishman’s Bay

Another beach often photographed as an island paradise, Englishman’s Bay is fringed by lush forests and crystal turquoise waters, along with a small restaurant featuring delicious lunches and souvenirs.

“Gorgeous beach, does shelve quickly though. A porpoise came swimming up when we were there. Nice people running the beach shop Eula's,” said Tripadvisor user Mickkineavy.

“Brief stop on tour-don’t miss - We did a tour and only stayed a short while but its just heaven. Pictures cannot catch the simple beauty of this place. Loved it,” said user avchell from Northampton, England.

Louise Holden from the UK praised the beach’s unspoilt beauty.

“We stopped off at Englishman’s Bay on our trip round the island. Wow. One of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Secluded, fringed with forest, mysterious caves at one end, strong waves rolling up the white sands, shacks selling carved coconuts and a fab restaurant with yummy fish and rotis,” she said.

 

1. Castara Bay

Tucked away on the northern coast of Tobago, Castara’s Heavenly Bay, which includes two small beaches - Big Bay and Little Bay - were voted as number one by Tripadvisor travellers.

Users referred to the natural beauty of the beach’s lush forests, untouched by commercialism.

Beautiful and relaxing. No commercialism…untouched by hotels. The most peaceful place to be. Loved every moment here,” said Tripadvisor user Pamelala from the UK.

“This is the liveliest beach on Tobago, without feeling touristy. The locals and tourists alike gather here every Thursday for a beach bonfire! There are a number of places to eat, interesting shops, and a beautiful beach to hang out on or go swimming. Sunsets are also great here,” said Canadian Ryan Krieg.

Others rated the snorkelling, diving and kayaking very highly as preferred beach activities at Castara, while others loved the fresh fish and Castara’s unique village charm.

Have you visited all 10 beaches? Which ones are your favourite?

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