Check out the nearby beaches of the Northwest Peninsula. Within easy reach of the capital, this well-developed area of coastline offers a variety of activities from offshore island exploration to water sports. Relax at Bombshell Bay on the Eastern end of Gasparee Island or Macqueripe on the Tucker Valley Road. Chagville Beach, Chagacabana and Williams Bay are all located at Carenage Bay in Chaguaramas. Or, take a 20-minute boat ride to Scotland Bay for ideal swimming conditions or to Chacachacare – a 900-acre island with eight beaches and a saltwater pond.
Enjoy a drive through the Northern Range and Maracas Valley to the beaches of the North Coast. The Blanchisseuse area has become a popular weekend getaway, with small bays and beaches at the foot of lush rain forest. Marianne Bay is the largest beach with a freshwater lagoon at its eastern end. Approximately five miles east of Tyrico is another well-liked beach at Las Cuevas Bay with many caves and calm, clear water excellent for swimming. Maracas Beach is the most famous beach in the North and about a 45-minute drive from our hotel. Approximately 1 ¼ miles long, this beach and has off white sand and waves ideal for surfing. For a hiking route, try the trail to the deserted Paria Beach and Waterfall beginning where the North Coast road ends, at the suspension bridge across the Marianne River.
Still relatively rural, the Northeast Coast area has some of Trinidad's most picturesque villages and seaside spots. Balandra Bay, Mayaro Bay, Saline Bay, Salybia Bay and Manzanilla Bay all offer good spots for sunbathing, surfing and swimming. Grande Riviere and Matura are both known for the leatherback turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs from March to August. Sans Souci Bay, a slightly sloping bay with often choppy waves, is particularly popular with surfers in the winter.
The Southwest Coast offers excellent beaches for relaxation after a visit to the Pitch Lake and La Brea, but sediment from the Orinoco River means waters can sometimes appear muddy. During the dry season, the water of Vessigny Beach
– just west of Vessigny Village – is generally very calm and somewhat clearer. Near the tip of the south-western peninsula, one of the furthest points on the island from Port of Spain, Cedros
has Trinidad's widest beach at low tide and is among the best vantage points for sighting the Venezuelan mainland.