Hidden Beaches of Trinidad & Tobago

Lately we’ve been exploring the road less taken – literally. If you know anything about Trinidad and Tobago then you’ve heard the words “Maracas Beach” and “Pigeon Point Beach” one too many times. It’s kind of a “been there, done that” scenario for many guests who return to our beautiful island.

So we’ve been thinking. Let’s say you want some of that signature sun, sea, and sand, but also want a new experience – what do you do? We’ve got it: Keep Reading. First Capital Apartment has just what you need: a guide to T&T’s Hidden beaches.

1. Hundred Steps Beach, La Fillet (Trinidad)

You’ve decided to take a trip to Maracas Beach for some Bake and Shark – this is a must. But let’s spice things up even more! Keep driving along the North Coast Road, pass Las Cuevas (one of our all time favourite, but not so hidden beaches) and you’ll find a secluded oasis.

Hundred Steps Beach truly a gem and boasts of crystal clear waters, silky-smooth sand and all the makings of a drool-worthy Instagram feed.

But don’t take our word for it, check out what Destination TT has to say about it!

Situated at the base of a cliff, the beach is accessed via a short nature walk from Mitchell Trace to the top of a concrete staircase that leads to the beach. [Despite the name] a section of the staircase is missing and the completing your descent requires a climb done a rope tied to a tree.

But once you are passed the adventurous scramble down the cliff, you realize that this is a destination worth the effort getting to. You are greeted by a lovely beach comprised of fine golden sand with a gorgeous view of the Chupara Bay to the front and enclosed by rocks on either end.

The tranquil nature of the beach is a privilege to behold and you realize that you are experiencing something that few others have. 

Hundred Steps Beach great for tourists who need to “unplug”. Enjoy sun bathing, swimming, exploring, snorkeling – you name it! We advise that you go in groups due to the how secluded this beach is. Safety first!

2. Pirate’s Bay, Charlotteville (Tobago)

pirate-s-bay-view-fromLet’s hop over to our better half, Tobago, for a bit. For the ultimate beach-goer, if you love Trinidad you’ll REALLY love Tobago.

Charlotteville is a small fishing village located on the northern side of Tobago. Here’s where the adventure starts: Pirate’s Bay is only accessible via foot or boat.

 

Named after the shelter that it provided to marauding buccaneers three centuries ago, this charming and isolated bay and beach is the [archetypal] deserted island beach and was used extensively in the original Robinson Crusoe filmed in 1952. (Visit Tobago)

Those walking from the town center can take a footpath and a concrete staircase all the way to the water’s edge. It’s only a 20-minute trek – so strap in and embrace the trek. On a sunny day, expect some sweat! But that makes the cool embrace of the emerald-green water all the more worth it, right?

Shoes or sandals can be worn for this walk, and make sure and pack some water, fruits and light refreshments for when you’re lounging. There aren’t any shops or vendors nearby so be prepared!

Chances are when you arrive, you’ll be the only ones there despite some boats being anchored off shore. For this hidden beach, we’d definitely recommend you go with a group – having company is not only more fun, but it’s also safer.3.

3. Gasparee Caves & Bombshell Bay

You know it’s on when the beach is called “Bombshell” – just saying. But for those who need more convincing, let’s break it down. You’ve got to do this one in phases so make it a whole-day affair!

Make sure you book a tour however because this on is definitely not a DIY adventure.  Here’s a link to book a tour on the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) Website – support locally trained guides and get the best bang for you buck.

Boat Ride Anyone?

Start with a 10-minute scenic boat ride from Chaguaramas where you can relax as the cool Caribbean breeze envelopes your trip up the islands off the North West coast of Trinidad. Boats will take you to Gaspar Grande, a small island off the coast where your adventure will begin.

Get your shoes on, it’s time for a Hike!

Jump off that boat and get going. It’ll take you just 25 minutes to get to the caves. Be careful, and stay hydrated as this trek is fairly steep. We know you’re a pro though, you’ll get there in no time! Once you go with a guide you’ll be briefed on all the history of the region and a few fun facts about the islands.

thumbnail60-990x660Bruce Wayne? Nope, but it’s still a pretty cool Cave.

Gasparee Cave can be entered from the top, and visitors can begin their descent down a metal staircase which leads to the eye-catching and enthralling cave system, 100 feet below. It’s a geographer’s paradise: with eerie limestone formations, sinkholes and a shimmering, glassy pool. You won’t be able to get enough of the array of colours.

Finally: Beach Time.

Once you’ve booked in with a tour, you can then leave by boat and zip off to Bombshell Bay on the Eastern side of the island. There you’ll find a private beach, salt water swimming pool and changing rooms. Relax on the golden sands and take a dip in the salt water. You’ll be able to purchase drink and food right there, so no worries!

End your day with the smooth, silky embrace of a Trini sunset.


So which will you choose? Let us know. Guests of First Capital Apartments will be given assistance to plan any excursion they like through out network of trained guides and taxi drivers – you name it and we’ll make a recommendation.

See our homepage for a direct link for booking your stay with us.

Free Welcome Basket with Booking!

Already decided? Jump ahead and reserve your room!


 

First Capital Apartments is pleased to announce its first monthly special for the year.

With bookings during the month of February, all guests will receive a FREE welcome basket, filled with groceries to get your stay off to a great start.

We’ve had guests from all over the world: from Japan, to the United States; fromMonthly Special Germany, to the United Kingdom, Sweden and even our Caribbean neighbors! They’ve all been a pleasure to host but we’ve noticed one similarity over the years: the desire for a stress-free, hassle-free settling-in period after their journey.

We can definitely relate to this! Whether it’s an hour-long island hopper flight from our neighbor isles, or a ten-hour trek across the globe; all our guests want, is to drop their bags and begin their relaxing Caribbean vacation. So we’ve decided to take our hospitality up a notch.

Forget the hassle of finding a grocery, forget the pressure of obtaining transport and carrying bags and bags of supplies. We’ll take care of it.

For the month of February, with ALL bookings, our guests will open the doors to their self-catered apartments to find an ample supply of locally sourced fruits, breakfast products and snacks. This will help you settle in without the frustration and anxiety of figuring out your next meal. So have one on us!


Here are just a few of our local products that will be featured in your welcome basket:

1. Hong Wing Coffee: premium-coffee-01

This local brand of coffee was started by Hong Wing and Sons, “the original coffee manufacturers of Trinidad and Tobago” according to their website. The business was established since 1921 with their original products being roasted ground and whole bean coffee.  What started as a small family business has grown to be recognized as the leaders in ground coffee in Trinidad and Tobago. The business has been thriving for 95 years, and Hong Wing has branched into new trends of coffee in Trinidad and Tobago including flavored coffee grounds (French Vanilla, Island Coconut).

2. Local Fruits: Lavorare-nei-Caraibi-a-Trinidad-Tobago

These options will vary seasonally, but among the fruits supplied in our welcome baskets you will find locally grown portugals, mangoes, bananas, five-fingers (star fruits), guavas, pineapples and paw-paws! Make sure and gobble these quickly though because they’re sourced fresh off the trees and have a tendency to become over-ripe within a day or two.

Many of these fruits can be eaten fresh, or made into a local delicacy, “chow” which can be made by cutting or peeling the fruits and adding salts, pepper and other seasonings. Interested? Ask our house manager for help or check our this quick video:

There’s no better way to start your island vacation, than to literally taste the paradise through our locally grown, organic fruits.

3. Local Chocolates from Trinidad & Tobago

A true hidden gem of our nations, Trinidadian cacao is known to be the highest quality in the world and is used to make some of the best tasting chocolates internationally. In fact, at our island’s university, The University of the West Indies, there’s an entire unit called the Cocoa Research Centre dedicated to researching cocoa and preserving its lineage.

 

For years however, Trinidadian chocolate was only available from European chocolatiers, but many local artisans are beginning to pick up the trade, and even sell their chocolate internationally. In every welcome basket we try to support these local businesses by offering a sample of their chocolates to our guests. Read more about local chocolatiers in Trinidad!


All our welcome baskets will vary depending on the products available and season, but no matter what, we guarantee that all guests will feel welcome, safe and well taken care of. You matter to us and we know how challenging it can be settling into hotels that often lack that personal, local touch. So let us take care of you! Take advantage of our FREE Welcome Basket with your booking during this month!

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