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Paria, Grand Tacarib and Madamas Beaches

The secluded beaches of Paria, Grand Tacarib and Madamas can be reached by hiking trail from Blanchisseuse or Matelot, or by boat. The boat trip from Blanchisseuse takes about half an hour to Paria and forty-five minutes to Madamas. The journey provides breath-taking views of arches, stacks, caves and other rock formations along this coastline. Besides this scenery and the picture-perfect beaches, there are additional places of natural beauty. A stack formation is located within an arch on the western end of Paria and the refreshing Paria waterfall is just a fifteen minute walk inland from the beach. Paria Beach Massive sandstone outcrops are exposed in layers...

Blanchisseuse River and Bay

Blanchisseuse Bay

Blanchisseuse Bay is off the North Coast Road approximately 11 km east of Las Cuevas Bay. It is located on the eastern side of Blanchisseuse upper village. The beach is not easily visible from the road. To get to it look for the sign ‘Wilson’s Trace’ just east of the recreation ground. A footpath to the west of the houses opposite Wilson’s Trace leads down to the beach. Blanchisseuse Beach is approximately 1.4 km long and is bounded on its eastern and western ends by steep-cliffed headlands. It is composed of light brown, medium-grained, quartz-rich sand and has a moderate to steep slope. Almost the entire...

Las Cuevas

Las Cuevas Bay

The beach at Las Cuevas is also very popular, and is reached via the North Coast Road, 7 km east of Maracas Bay. It varies in width, and is 2.2 km long. It is bounded on its eastern and western ends by prominent headlands, Las Cuevas Point to the west and Abercromby Point to the east. ‘Las Cuevas’ is the Spanish word for ‘caves’. This bay gets its name from the small caves at both ends of the bay and from notches in the low, but steep, cliffs at the eastern end of the beach. This gently sloping beach is composed of a grayish-brown fine...


Maracas Bay

There are two beaches within Maracas Bay. Although visitors mistakenly refer to the eastern end of Maracas Bay as Tyrico Bay, the actual Tyrico Bay is located further east. The western part of the bay is Maracas Beach, the most well-known beach in Trinidad. To approach Maracas Beach from the western suburbs of Port of Spain, follow the Saddle Road through Maraval and turn left at the pillars onto the North Coast Road. If approaching from the eastern suburbs of the capital, go through San Juan and take the eastern end of the Saddle Road through the Santa Cruz Valley and turn right at...


Macqueripe Bay

To reach Macqueripe Bay from Port of Spain, take the Western Main Road to Chaguaramas. After the CDA Estate Police Headquarters take the first right turn onto the Macqueripe Mail Road. Macqueripe Bay is at the end of this road. This is a sheltered bay with no coastal plain, bounded by headlands on both sides. A flight of steps curves down to the beach through a landscaped garden and a concrete viewing platform. The beach is approximately 117 metres (m) long and made up of grey-brown, coarse-grained sand, composed mainly of quartz. It is moderately sloping, becom[1]ing step-like seaward. Macqueripe Beach Surging breakers of moderate wave...

Tobago’s reefs are on their third consecutive year of coral bleaching

Trinidad and Tobago continue to be under Bleaching Alert Level Two for the period of October 23 for up to four weeks. Tobago’s reefs are now experiencing coral bleaching for the third consecutive year. The IMA Team has been observing pale and partially bleached corals in Charlotteville, northeast Tobago. We have also received reports of coral bleaching on many reefs in southwest Tobago, including Buccoo Reef, Store Bay Reef, Flying Reef and Mt Irvine Reef. Bleaching is occurring across many species – brain corals, mountainous star corals, staghorn corals, fire corals and even the soft corals. Staghorn Bleaching in Buccoo, Tobago. Video courtesy: Shivonne Peters What...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 11

This week we explore how longline vessels play an essential part in our fishing industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Also, we spoke with captain and fishing technologist, Mr. Ellis about his craft's operations. Tune in to the broadcast! To learn more about Beyond the Blue, visit our page, Beyond the Blue ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 10

This week on #BeyondtheBlue we continue our discussion with fisherwoman and former chair of the Women in Fishing Association, Bernadette Fonrose of Guayaguayare who expressed the difficulties face in fishing, climate change, the sargassum seaweed, and government. Tune in here for the discussion. To learn more about Beyond the Blue, visit our page, Beyond the Blue ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...