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.

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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.

What to Pack for Your Trini Vacation

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So you’ve  decided to ditch the dreary negative-degree weather back home, and take a trip to sunny T&T – we’d say you make the right choice! Our culture is as warm and welcoming as the radiant sunlight that’ll meet you at the airport, and as pure as the delicate blue skies overhead.

We’re so happy you’re here – but what did you pack? Many tourists are often left wondering how to transition from snow and sleet to sun-kissed mountainsides and sandy beaches. The 30-degree average temperature of our beautiful tropical climate can be extremely disorienting during your first few days in Trinidad and Tobago.

So let’s get to it – First Capital Apartment has a guide to help you pack efficiently for your Caribbean Dream Vacation. We’ve got you covered (or uncovered depending on the tan-envy you’re trying to evoke when you get back home). See what we did there?


1. Tan for Days!

You already know! There’s no way you’re coming to Trinidad and Tobago and don’t end up visiting a beach, or two…or three.

What do I pack? Um…A swimsuit? Just kidding – here’s our tip: less is more.

In Trinidad and Tobago, and many other Caribbean Islands, your body, your skin and your shape is celebrated. Men and women alike are encouraged to “free-up” themselves at the beach. So ditch the sleeves for a skimpy swimsuit with a light, easy cover-up that’s perfect for when that Caribbean sun starts biting. We guarantee a tan for days, that’ll leave your family and friends back home reeling with envy.

Shop Local! So, you’re the only person on the team who forgot their swimsuit….or you’ve decided you’re in for a bit of shopping – what now? Here is our top pick for local swimsuit shopping.

Chandra Maharaj Designs – Chan was born in Brazil but raised in sweet T&T. Her aesthetic is influenced by the diverse and vibrant culture of our beautiful islands. She designs swimsuits for all shapes and sizes and has even evolved into designing ready-to-wear and high fashion garments. Check out her swimsuit collection on her website.

 

Where to go? Our top pick for beach goers in Trinidad is Las Cuevas . A hidden gem just minutes from the famous Maracas Beach, Las Cuevas is the Caribbean’s first Blue Flag certified beach – a slim, private, stretch of sand and sea, waiting for you! We’d recommend going during the week because chances are, you’ll have the beach all to yourself! There are washrooms and changing room facilities on site and if you really want the Trini experience, stop at Maracas Beach first to pick up some bake and shark! Las Cuevas is ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing and simply relaxing in the cool, crisp Caribbean Sea.

2. Legs Out!

You’re in the land of sun, sun and SUN – so let your legs out!

What do I pack? Rain or shine, shorts are a must, so pack a few. In T&T there’s a wonderful mix of warm breezes and cold beers and we recommend you do yourself a favor and forget about your jeans for a few days. Trinis LOVE a good short pant and we’ve got a few tips for styling.

  • Pair them with a crop top or simple vest for a more casual look.
  • Wear an oversized tee or baggy shirt for classy comfort.
  • Be effortlessly fashionable: skip the two-piece altogether and rock a romper!

You’re showing skin….so SHOW the skin! Whether you’re going to The Falls at West Mall for some high-end shopping, out for a night on Ariapita Avenue or catching the local food scene around the Queen’s Park Savannah – let your skin out to play. You’ll thank us later.

 

Shop Local! Here’s our local designer spotlight – you may know her as one of the winners of Project Runway. Trinidadian born designer, Anya Ayoung-Chee not only represented our island at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2008 but went on to “make it work”, reigning victorious at New York Fashion Week during Project Runway’s ninth season in 2011.

Check out the shots above for just a taste of her designs – get your short, shorts our, and be inspired!

3. Catch the Wind

Maxis are not just what we call buses in T&T – it’s also the name of a must-have clothing item for your Caribbean Vacation.

2332475e5a1e59a862e40945ae4f43ec--anya-ayoung-chee-project-runway-dressesWhat do I pack? Maxi Dresses are not just fashionable, they’re versatile and represent all the ease and comfort of the Caribbean lifestyle. They can be dressed-up for a classy night out, or dressed-down with a simple pair of sandals. We guarantee when you step out in a well designed maxi-dress, you’ll turn heads as T&T’s warm Caribbean breeze brings life to the light, airy fabric.

Pair your dress with a broad hat, over-sized sunglasses and chunky jewelry or let the outfit stand alone with a smart clutch and mismatched bangles. As Trinis say, “yuh cookin with gas!” (Translation: You’re taking things to another level; it’s a great idea; now you’re talking!).

Shop Local! Anya is another favorite for maxi dresses but for our local pick we have to go to Shari from Shop Shari 

Shari is inspired by vibrant prints and creates captivating statement pieces that include her signature maxi dresses. Her brand is inclusive, catering to all ages, shapes and sizes, all while maintaining comfort in fashion. Ladies, your curves have never looked better! Check our her Instagram profile for all her latest designs. You won’t be disappointed.


And there you have it – we hope your packing get’s a little easier after reading our tips. At the very least, come to Trinidad and Tobago with an empty suitcase and we’ll fill it up with the best in locally designed, Trinbagonian clothing.

First Capital Apartments have got you covered! We’ve got your packing sorted.

For reservations, check our our home page, or fill our the form on our contact page for more information about our self-catered apartments.

Cheers!

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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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