Choosing either those on the Atlantic or Caribbean Sea, you can’t help but enjoy the crystal clear, emerald waters and golden sand of Tobago’s beaches. There are so many choices: sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, surfing or kite boarding - there’s something for everyone.
Top image: NoMan’s Land. Photo: Ziad Joseph
Arnos Vale Beach
The favourite Tobago beach of this author is the beautiful cove on the CaribbeanCoast, accessible from the town of Plymouth through to the horseshoe shaped bay with its golden-sand beach. Shallow reefs can be seen from the shore, making it one of the best snorkelling sites on the island.
Translated as “Bay of the Boats”, it is a short shoreline nestled between Tyrrel and Belmont Bays. It’s a popular site for scuba, snorkelling, glass bottom boat and bird-watching tours to and around Little Tobago Island. The calm clear waters also make it appealing to regular beach goers.
Most famous for the weekly steelband show, live performances (called Sunday School),and Goat Racing during the Easter Holidays, it is also a scenic spot for swimming, horseback riding with ‘Healing with Horses’ Foundation, or to simply enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
Mid-way along the North Coast Road of Tobago is located the rural community of Castara. A coastal village which personifies the essence of the Caribbean with its tranquil atmosphere, verdant green hills and turquoise waters.
This sparsely populated community has changed very little over the years and continues to be a popular site for visitors wishing to see and experience some of Tobago’s culture. Visitors are often witness to the “pulling seine” (fishing with seine nets from the shore), “dirt-oven”baking of bread, bonfires on the beach or the famous fisherman festival.
Snorkel and cruise. Charter a boat from Charlotteville to the nearby Pirate’s Bay and Lover’s Bay for the day. Pirate’s Bay has great snorkeling on both corners of the beach, plus it is one of the most picturesque bays in the Caribbean. A little further down the coast lies the pink sands and deep blue waters of Lover’s Bay, another great place for snorkeling. Just remember to bring a picnic basket and trash bags so that these beautiful beaches remain as pristine as ever.
Enjoy the warm aquamarine waters and lush gardens bordering this private beach, just minutes from the airport, that’s part of the exclusive CocoReef Resort and Spa.
Widely recognised as one of the most stunning beaches, not only inTobago, but the Caribbean, the panorama of the bay from the lookout is a must-see. Enjoy snorkelling in the cool turquoise waters, before having a delicious lunch at the rustic restaurant and craft shop. Life Guards not on duty.
Broad, expansive white sands and blue-green waters that many surfers enjoy, with a few rock-pools that are great for kids to explore, make this beach a popular choice.
Just north of the airport, you can bathe in the calm, shallow waters and relax in one of the comfortable beach huts. With almond trees, pink-tinged coral sands and a nearby reef, it’s perfect for a family retreat.
Mt. Irvine Beach
A popular family beach with picnic sheds, changing rooms, bar and restaurant facilities. Most famous for the seasonal ocean swells which attract local and visiting surfers.
No Man’s Land
A signature attraction for residents and visitors, often featured in combination with the nearby Nylon Pool. There are daily boat tours to the pristine uninhabited sandy fringe which is an extension of the Bon Accord Lagoon.
This quiet fishing village has safe bathing and a golden beach with palm trees for shade. It has limited facilities.
Just a couple of miles from the airport, this breathtakingly beautiful beach is well known for its pink-white sand, blue waters, signature jetty with thatched hut.Enjoy the beach bars, restaurants and craft shops, as well as the range of water sports available. Lifeguards on duty.
At the north-eastern tip of the island is a seafront spot that is remote and mysterious. A beach that is loved by all who visit. This sheltered bay was supposedly a hide-out for roving Pirates, today it’s one of the most popular beaches on the north end of the island.
One of Tobago’s most popular beaches, Store Bay is located right by the airport between Crown Point and Coco Reef hotels. This beach hosts many local events.It is very accessible even on foot, offers great swimming year-round and features craft vendors, shops, toilets, parking and a line-up of local cooks whose names are synonymous with good Tobago food. Think crab and dumpling, conch and stew pork. Everyone pays a visit to Store Bay, from residents taking their early morning sea bath to visitors who like to soak up the local vibe.