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Bays & Waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago

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Last Updated on July 20, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago, the vibrant twin-island nation in the Caribbean, boasts a collection of breathtaking waterfalls that are sure to captivate any nature lover. Nestled amidst lush rainforests and undulating hills, these cascades offer a refreshing retreat from the tropical heat and a glimpse into the islands’ stunning natural beauty.

There are so many things to do on these exotic islands that you could probably stay for weeks without getting to see it all. The waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago are numerous, as are the bays. Sun and sand are everywhere! After all, it IS an island!! Traveling to Trinidad and Tobago should be on everyone’s Bucket List.

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Waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago

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Ghostwritten by an excited visitor to Trinidad and Tobago who enjoyed all the Trinidad waterfalls and bays.

I wanted to give Trinidad and Tobago all the attention these islands deserved. What is absolutely essential for Trinidad and Tobago? What should I leave for a future visit?

Trinidad and Tobago, or T&T, is the most prosperous state in the Caribbean so it has little need to invest in tourism. The island is replete with natural unspoiled attractions with barely any tourists.

This Hindu-Caribbean-African culture in Trinidad enchanted me from the first moment. And I haven’t mentioned the food yet! Tobago beaches are island paradises, but I decided to discover Trinidad Island for 2 days under the theme of “Waterfalls and Bays

Exploration of Trinidad and Tobago Waterfalls and Bays

In that sense, the north of Trinidad Island is full of paradisaical waterfalls. Just like the ones that you usually hang on your office walls and make you dream. Additionally, it is one of the best Caribbean islands for scuba diving.

The Caribbean waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago have poetic names. The most famous ones are Paria Waterfall, and Maracas Waterfall, so that is where I started. There’s a waterfall for every taste: high ones, blue ones, brown ones, hidden ones, … All of them differ in colors, height, and accessibility. The amount of beautiful waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago that you can hike to seems to be infinite.

Maracas Waterfall & Beach

sign with directions to Maracas Waterfall in Trinidad and Tobago
Maracas Waterfall Trinidad

Maracas is not only the name of the famous beach but also of the highest waterfall in Trinidad Island. From the parking, it is a really easy hike that takes you about 30 min to get there. Just leave your car at the end of Waterfall Road. You can’t get hardly anywhere in Trinidad without a car. Gas is super cheap but therefore, public transportation is the worst.

The waterfalls are impressive and the surroundings hold a magical atmosphere.

Absolute silence.

You’ll just hear nature’s voice.

peaking through the trees and bushes at a very tall Maracas Waterfall -tallest in Trinidad

So as I was at Maracas Waterfall, the epic Maracas Bay shouldn’t be too far, right? Error! You need to drive at least for another 2 hours to get to the legendary beach. On the way, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views from “Maracas Lookout” on Chaguaramas and Maracas Bay. Little food stands sell local delicacies. It was so hard to choose. I got chow; mangos and pineapples in a spicy ginger-garlic parsley sauce. So delicious!

sand and water with some palm trees at Maracas Beach in Trinidad and Tobago

Finally, I reach Maracas Bay. On the weekends, this place gets really crowded and the Trinis love to bring their Caribbean music. Loud Soca music is coming out of the loudspeakers. Absolute must-do when in Maracas is having a “Bake’n Shark” sandwich. Traditionally prepared with real shark meat, many food stands offer now more eco-friendly versions with flying fish, squid, tilapia, or lionfish. I loved Maracas Bay for its festive atmosphere. I would give everything to get a tasty Bake’n Fish again, only typing this text makes my mouth water.

Here in Maracas, life’s definitely a party!

Las Cuevas Beach

little yellow hut on the beach with trees in the backgroundat Las Cuevas Beach in Trinidad

For those that are looking for a quieter and less crowded beach in the north, I recommend Las Cuevas Beach. It is a 2-minute drive away from Maracas beach, but it is a different world. It is sheltered and there are many caves for exploring. It is also Trinidad’s first “Blue Flag” beach, which means that the water quality is superior and there’s a special focus on environmental education and management.

Paria Waterfall

man jumping into waterfall in Trinidad and Tobago
Paria Waterfall Trinidad Image: Creative Commons

Paria Waterfall was the next waterfall I wanted to visit. Actually, I never made it there. Because there was this little, totally desert beach that kept me from continuing my hike to the waterfall. Additionally, loads of rainfall destroyed the trails and I should have contacted a guide. I was told by locals that it is really hard to reach.

rocks in the distance in the water at Paria Bay in Trinidad and Tobago
Paria Bay in Trinidad and Tobago

But hey, plans are there to be adapted, right? That is how I discovered this tiny, lonely beach with an “at-the-end-of-the-world” feeling: Paria Bay. How do you get there? Drive to Blanchisseuse (a town which has a very “at-the-end-of-the-world” atmosphere already).

Leave the car at the red bridge and hike for about 2 hours. Make sure that you wear good shoes and carry enough mosquito spray. Although the trail was difficult, you’ll be rewarded with a lonely beach and its hidden caves. It’s definitely all worth it.

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More Trinidad Bays…

Beautiful bay in Trinidad and Tobago
Macqueripe Bay Image by R45 Creative Commons

You still don’t have enough picturesque and exotic bays? Then I have a little candy for you.

I recommend Macqueripe Bay located on the gorgeous Chaguaramas peninsula. Formerly the property of the US military forces, the peninsula is on the way to becoming a tourist hub. Its marina, the qualitative restaurants, and the construction plans of a mall and a waterpark support this development. Macqueripe Bay is located in the north of the Chaguaramas peninsula.

The entrance fee is 3 € but therefore, you get a clean beach, parking right next to it, a park and a zip line. The US forces used to train their maneuvers in this bay. This beach was perfect due to the depth of its waters. It was quite a strange feeling to imagine how submarines were submerging in this bay.

Take a trip to visit all the Trinidad and Tobago Waterfalls and Bays

island in the distance and water rolling onto the sandy beach in Trinidad and Tobago

Life in Trinidad is a beach. It’s where Trini families and friends spend their free time together (“limin‘” in Trini creole) or play soccer. Just take your time, relax, and let good things happen. Relax in the waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago and let your worries fall away.

Trinidad, I don’t want to leave you!

Trinidad and Tobago’s waterfalls are true hidden gems waiting to be discovered by nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. These captivating wonders are not only a feast for the eyes but also a testament to the extraordinary beauty of the islands’ natural landscape. The powerful cascades of the Maracas Waterfall offer a unique experience that will leave you in awe.

Beyond their picturesque appeal, these waterfalls also provide opportunities for relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. Whether you choose to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear pools, embark on a scenic hike through lush rainforests, or simply bask in the tranquil ambiance, these natural wonders offer a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago exemplify the islands’ commitment to preserving their rich biodiversity and promoting eco-tourism. The lush surroundings and diverse wildlife found near these cascades serve as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainable practices. As visitors, we have a responsibility to appreciate and protect these natural wonders for future generations.

So, if you find yourself in Trinidad and Tobago, make sure to include a visit to one of the stunning waterfalls on your itinerary. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty, embrace the serenity, and let the rhythmic sound of cascading water transport you to a world of wonder. These waterfalls will leave an indelible mark on your memories, reminding you of the awe-inspiring power and magnificence of nature.

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I enjoy being rewarded with a waterfall or beautiful bay after a walk! Seems like this could be a place for me.

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