Location: Maracas Bay, Trinidad
If you’ve been following my social media platforms the past few days, you’d know I hopped a flight to Trinidad for the weekend. My island roots, and mostly crazy personality traits – are deeply rooted in the Trinidadian culture. While I am equal parts of both Trinidadian and Jamaican heritage – I would have to say that in cases I feel as though I am in touch with and relate to my Trini side.
I’ve been to Trinidad a few times, but this would mark my second time in the last six months. It’s really the first few occasions I’ve had to experience the island as a grown adult. The laid-back vibes and picturesque views are just breathtaking. Trinis are pretty happy and friendly people – getting around was pretty easy.
I flew overnight on Thursday so that I would have an early start at getting to the beach on Friday morning. I stayed in downtown Port of Spain at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The hotel was super modern and extremely clean. My room overlooked the actual port of ships coming in and out throughout the day. My walk from the hotel to the central hub/market in Port of Spain was about 15 mins. Quite frankly, that was more than enough walking for me – as I don’t do well in the blazing sun. The area is called Independence Square. It’s pretty busy during the weekdays there – as there is a local market that spans a few blocks, as well as government and administrative buildings. I was able to secure a ‘maxi’ going to the Maracas Bay on Friday – which was about a 40 minute drive. Maxi and taxi services are highly unregulated – which means that just about anyone can be flagged down or pull over to offer you a ride. It sounds weird at first – but honestly, Trinidad has long been offering these types of ride-sharing arrangements long before the concept of Uber was born.
You’ll never believe it – but the ride to the beach cost each person in the group (there were 5) $12 TT dollars – that works out to being about $2-3 dollars Canadian. It’s honestly cheaper to get to the beach than it would be for me to ride the subway into work in Toronto!
Things you must try when at Maracas Bay:
- Shark n’ Bake (its a fried shark sandwich that is made fresh by the beach with an arrangement of toppings.)
- Freshly squeezed juices
A couple of things to be mindful of:
- The winding roads to and from the beach may throw you off a little – or a lot – especially after a day of drinking on the beach. Trini’s drink booze as we would water. It’s important to pay attention to the percentage of the spirits you’re consuming – I can assure you that the levels in strength for anything I did consume was unlike any bar-rail favourites I’d order here in Toronto – or find at the LCBO.
- The waves. I don’t swim, but even those that did – did not venture far out into the ocean. I’d say that if you’re into surfing, this would definitely be your type of beach.
- Getting ‘finessed’. Try to stay on top of your quick math when getting around here and getting back to your hotel.
- The crowd. Both times that I have spent a weekday at any beach in Trinidad or Tobago – it was practically deserted. That wasn’t quite the same when I returned to the beach on Sunday – it was rammed – you’ll want to plan ahead to get there early and to leave early – because it is bumper to bumper traffic through the hills both to and from the beach.
I also loved this review of Maracas Bay and used it as a guide for my time there this weekend – this blog also has some awesome Trini recipes I hope to try making myself over the few weeks.
Stay tuned for a few extra posts of other places I ventured through over the weekend. I just love it here. I can’t wait to go back!