Beaches & Bays: Region 4 - North End

Our Tobago beach guide shows every major bay or beach, listed in clockwise direction around the island. Hold your mouse over the bay to identify it and click for detailed information.

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The North End is Tobago's most mountainous area. The road between L'Anse Fourmi and Charlotteville was started in the early 60's but never completed after worked ceased when Hurricane Flora devastated the island in 1963. Resources were diverted to more essential work and in typical Tobago fashion, did not re-commence until the next century. Work was finally competed in early 2006 and the route is highly recommended and, for the first, time allows a circular island tour.

Hold your mouse over any Reader Satisfaction Rating (RSR) for further information. Click on the RSR rating to cast your own 'satisfaction' vote for those beaches you have visited.

RSR Anse Fourmi

A small stunningly beautiful bay and beach which can be accessed on foot from the road leading to L'Anse Fourmi village. The trail down to the beach can be hard to find.

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L'Anse Fourmi Bay Beach

RSR Cambleton Bay

A short walk from Charlotteville or with access directly from the Charlotteville-L'Anse Fourmi road. There is some decent snorkelling to be had from this beach.

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RSR Man O' War Bay

This huge bay includes smaller bays, such as Hermitage Bay, Cambleton Bay and Pirate's Bay. Charlotteville boasts a beautiful mile-long (1.6km) sandy beach with good swimming. It can be a little smelly and dirty around the area in front of the fishing co-operative, where fishermen bring their catch ashore, but is great further down towards Cambleton, where there is an intermittent lifeguard service, changing facilities and refreshments.

Limited space on the location map prevents me from listing all the smaller bays separately. The exact location is academic - they are only accessible by boat and if the fisherman who's taking you doesn't know their location, you better start running. Chief amongst these smaller bays is Lover's Bay. This gorgeous little bay features multi-coloured sand and offers some of the best snorkelling on the island. Two other bays worth mentioning are Dead Man's Bay and Waterfall Bay Both are remote and small and the beach virtually disappears at high tide.

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Charlotteville Bay
Charlotteville Bay

RSR Pirate's Bay

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.

I learnt to snorkel on the excellent reefs protecting Pirate's Beach back in the late 50's. In those days the beach could only be accessed from the sea, or via a very hazardous track through the cocoa plantation. In more recent years, an un-surfaced track has been created up the hillside from Charlotteville (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 (thanks to the visitor who counted them) 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.


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Pirates Bay
Charlotteville Bay
Charlotteville Bay

RSR Iguana Bay

A remote but beautiful bay on the northern tip of the island and only accessible by boat. Gives great views of the St.Giles islands. No worthwhile snorkelling.

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RSR Starwood Bay

Starwood Bay is a beautiful untouched bay. There is a nice sandy beach, but much of it disappears at high tide. Leatherbacks have been seen here. Swimming is not recommended because the bay is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic, so conditions are invariably rough and there are dangerous currents. Using the track past the Blue Waters Inn, access by 4x4 was possible until November 2004, but mud slides have now blocked the track. The beach can be accessed on foot.

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RSR Belmont Bay

No real beach but a very nice view. The land is privately owned, but the caretaker welcomes a chat with visitors. The bay is subject to strong currents, so great care is needed. Refer to the notes for Starwood Bay for access information.

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RSR Batteaux Bay

A small secluded beach with stunning deep blue waters and reefs, in the grounds of the Blue Waters Inn. The beach is a popular departure point for diving and snorkelling trips around Little Tobago and Goat Island.

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Batteaux Bay

RSR Tyrrell's Bay

A sandy but narrow beach running the length of Speyside village. It is not an ideal beach for swimming or sunbathing, but it is a departure point for snorkelling and diving trips around Little Tobago and Goat Island. There is a small inlet called Bishop's Bay just south of Speyside, but within the confines of Tyrell's Bay.

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Tyrell's Bay

RSR Lusyvale Bay

A small bay only accessible by boat.

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RSR King's Bay

A sheltered horseshoe bay with excellent ½-mile (800m) dark-sand beach, shaded by coconut trees and calm, warm water. Good facilities, including showers, lifeguards and shaded cabanas. A good place to buy fresh fish and witness the tradition of "pulling seine". The site was once a large Carib settlement. Kings Bay Waterfall can be reached by a trail on the opposite side of the Windward Road, but be warned that the falls are often dry when there hasn't been much rain. There is a small bay called Delaford Bay within the main bay.

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Tyrell's Bay

RSR Queen's Bay

A short stretch of sandy beach accessible by road near Louis d'Or village.

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RSR Prince's Bay

A small stretch of beach just south of Roxborough.

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