Beaches In Tobago
Pigeon Point Heritage Park
This is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach and is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty which has become an internationally recognised signature of Tobago. The resort includes a long stretch of white sand beach with warm aquamarine waters. There are excellent beach facilities such as bathrooms, showers and beach-chair rentals as well as bars and a restaurant. Tourist amenities include souvenir and water-sports shops. There is a cost to enter the beach.
Mt. Irvine Beach
Also known as Little Courland Bay, the ½-mile (800m) beach of this bay is split into two sections with a narrow section that can disappear at high tide linking the two. The first section is referred to as the ‘hotel beach’ being opposite the Mt.Irvine Beach Hotel. This section provides excellent swimming and sunbathing. The next section of the beach, a little further north, is either side of the Mount Irvine Beach Facilities. There are changing and toilet facilities at this end, but the swimming is not so good. Most of the island’s sailing tours start from this beach. The beach is popular with surfers from December to March and can become crowded by Tobago standards.
Grafton Beach/ Stonehaven Bay
Grafton Beach is an attractive coarse sand beach serviced by Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort and the Grafton Beach Resort. The waves can be very powerful here and you are advised to stay close to the shore to avoid dangerous currents. The right side of the beach (north) can be the calmest and offers reasonable snorkelling. Stonehaven beach is one of the three beaches in Tobago where the endangered giant Leatherback turtle comes ashore between March and June to lay their eggs which will hatch around three months later
Still in the great Courland Bay, famous Turtle Beach is a mile-long sandy, sloping beach famous as a nesting site for giant leatherback turtles (March-August). Services are available at the Turtle Beach Hotel, which dominates the beach. Guest at the hotel can benefit from regular turtle viewings. A turtle watch is organised by the hotel, during the nesting season. As soon as hotel security staff spot a turtle, or the two-month old hatchlings, they hotel will alert guests on the turtle watch list so that they can view this wonderful site..
Store Bay Beach
Possibly Tobago’s most popular public beach. Being on the doorstep of a large number of hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments the beach is always busy. This small 650ft (200m) beach, on the doorstep of the Store Bay Holiday Resort, is also the site of the Great Race powerboat competition – one of Tobago’s most exciting events – and venue for Great Fete. It is one of the few beaches with a lifeguard. There are changing rooms and toilets and a variety of small shops, restaurants and vendors, including several very well-known crab ‘n’ dumpling vendors. Trips are available from the bay to Buccoo Reef. The waters are reasonably sheltered and good for swimming.
Grange Bay Beach
Known locally as The Wall, this beach is just past the Mount Irvine Golf Course. Grange Beach is ideal for swimming and an increasingly popular spot with surfers.
Named after the shelter that it provided to marauding buccaneers three centuries ago, this charming and isolated bay and beach is the archetypical deserted island beach and was used extensively in the original Robinson Crusoe filmed in 1952. In more recent years, an un-surfaced track has been created up the hillside from Charlotteville where you continue north along the coast road through the village, always forking left toward the sea. It is a hot and sweaty 20 minute walk before descending through the plantation to the beach. The steps leading down are not marked and can be easily missed. There are some 170 steps down the steep cliff-side to the beach. The beach now has basic toilet/changing facilities, but little else – other than a very friendly and helpful vendor selling fruit and coconut water. Highly recommended. Please DO NOT attempt to drive up the trail leading to Pirate’s Bay. It is a narrow unmade trail and there is only room for two vehicles at the top. Selfish inconsiderate visitors park at the top and block the only available turning space. If you meet another vehicle coming up or down the hill, one vehicle will have to reverse. Convention dictates that vehicles going up a hill have priority over those travelling down, but the lack of space at the top of the hill would make the situation worse if both were to return to the top, so only reverse downhill. Reversing is a task that few would relish and many/most would find exceptionally stressful, to say the least.