Beaches & Bays: Region 6 - Lower Atlantic

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 Atlantic coast tends to feel the full brunt of the Atlantic Ocean whipped up by the North-East Trade Winds. Some bays are sheltered by headlands and can offer excellent swimming and sunbathing opportunities, but there is no snorkelling along these shores.

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 Bacolet Bay

A winding lane leads drivers down to this small, secluded and very attractive crescent-shaped bay, which was used as a location in the Swiss Family Robinson film. The beach is only 150m long, but relatively wide. The sand is soft and light. The rolling waves are popular with body-boarders. The beach bar facilities belong to the Blue Haven Hotel, located on the headland at the southern end of the beach, and the loungers, children's play area and toilet/changing facilities are strictly only for use of hotel guests.

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Bacolet Bay

RSR Rockley Bay

Host to the town and port of Scarborough. The bay has a small stretch of beach at Shaw Park, just south of Scarborough.

There appears to be some dispute over the correct spelling of this bay's name. Some maps and references refer to it as Rockly, others as Rockley.

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Rockley Bay

RSR Little Rockley Bay

A long stretch of darkish volcanic sand fringed by coconut trees and bordered by the old coast road which is now bypassed by the Claude Noel Highway between Scarborough and Crown Point.

The eastern section of the bay, adjacent to Rockley Bay and alongside what used to be the Inn On The Bay, is also known as Banana Bay. This section of the beach is protected by a reef and provides good swimming. Although the brisk Trade Winds coming in across the Atlantic Ocean are ever-present and wonderfully cooling. The beach shelves very gradually, so the water here can actually be slightly warmer than on the steeper-shelving Caribbean side.

Further down towards Crown Point, Rockley Bay beach is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean and the trade winds. The pounding surf means that the beach remains largely empty but it is arguably the best walking/jogging beach in Tobago. The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort hotel is situated at the southern end of the beach.

There is a large car park, now erroneously calling the bay Petit Trou, giving access to the beach. This area is also popular with kite surfers.

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Little Rockley Bay
Rockley Bay

RSR Petit Trou

A long, breezy beach in the Lowlands area and ideal as a walking beach. Beautiful Petit Trou Lagoon is now the centre of Tobago's biggest development project which includes the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort (previously Hilton), a championship golf course, commercial centre, shops and entertainment facilities and a medical centre.

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Petit Trou

RSR Canoe Bay

Located at the Canoe Bay Resort, this is one of Tobago's two private beaches that charge admission. Coconut-thatched pavilions offer shade on the near-deserted sandy beach. The water is calm, shallow and perfect for children. Changing, camping and sporting facilities are available. There's a bar, which now also provides sandwiches and burgers. Admission is TT$12 for adults and TT$6 for children (over 4).

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Canoe Bay

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