Trinidad: 5 ‘Hidden’ North Coast Beaches You Need to Visit

One of my favorite assumptions about island life is that there are beaches around every corner and we spend all of our free time lounging on the sand and playing in the surf. While I wish with all my heart and soul that this was true, the fact is that on an island like Trinidad, it often takes over an hour to get to a beach, depending on where you live. And, if you’re looking for a less crowded stretch of coastline, it could easily take you an additional 30 minutes (or more). But, the drive is always worth it.

In fact, over the past few months I’ve learned that many of our most beautiful beaches are miles away from civilization with barely noticeable entrances and precarious paths. These characteristics mean they’ve remained virtually untouched, secluded slivers of paradise for you to enjoy. Here are 5 ‘hidden’ north coast beaches that you need to visit ASAP.

Yara Bay

Trinidad Beach: Yara Bay

Down a rugged path usually strewn with fallen coconut leaves, across the first portion of the beach, up some steps, across a bridge, down more steps and finally you reach Eden. With the river on your left, the ocean on your right and a strip of cinnamon colored sand running straight down the middle, it’s one of those sights you feel you’re drinking in for the very first time, every time you see it. I’m not sure how many people know about Yarra, and of those who do know, I’m not certain very many of them are up for making the trek regularly, so it’s usually a relatively empty spot where you can enjoy swinging over the water, scaling the rocks, taking a dip in the cool river and just lounging on the beach. 

Getting there:

100 Steps Beach

Trinidad Beach: 100 Steps

A rugged path covered in mud, a broken staircase, an aging rope and a leap of faith onto the sand – that’s how I reluctantly landed on 100 Steps Beach. To say I was not psyched about the effort required to get to this beach, would be an understatement. I’m relatively adventurous when I set my mind to it, but sliding down a slippery cliff where steps should have been wasn’t my idea of ‘fun’. However, once my feet were safely planted on firm ground, I quickly got over my skepticism and fell in love. Yes, next-level commitment is required to access 100 Steps but it is absolutely worth it. Not very many people will make the effort on any given day so it’s ideal if you’re seeking seclusion. The water is relatively calm, compared to other beaches in the area so it’s nice for swimming (advisable only if you’re a strong swimmer), but also great for sunbathing, picnics and just a chill group lime.  

L’anse Mitan Beach

Trinidad Beach: L'anse Mitan

The wooden archway at the entrance of this beach might be a little hard to spot if you’re not looking for it, but once you find it, just follow the winding walkway from the road to the sand. L’anse Mitan is a relatively popular spot for surfers but also a great retreat for those who just want to avoid the crowds. I can’t speak for the state of the beach when the surfers descend, but I was fortunate enough to visit when the waves weren’t necessarily cooperating and it was completely deserted for most of the time we were there. There are low hanging coconut trees, perfect for lounging and the occasional photo op; a decent sized cave, perfect for setting up camp if dark spaces don’t creep you out; and a wide beach perfect for a game of frisbee, cricket, or football. 

Ti Delma Beach

Trinidad Beach: Ti Delmar

The path down to Ti Delma is unpaved, rocky and slippery when wet, but it’s definitely worth the effort. This little cove is lined by thick foliage so there’s no shortage of shade if your plan is to avoid the sun. The surf is rough (in my opinion) so I wouldn’t recommend it if your plan is to enjoy a swim, or at the very least a quick dip. However, if you’re content to just lay out on the sand, bask in the cool, crisp breeze and enjoy the good company you came with, Ti Delma will suit you just fine. We had this piece of coastline all to ourselves for quite some time before two separate families arrived, but everyone found themselves a little corner to settle into without invading anyone else’s space.

Blanchisseuse Bay

Trinidad Beach: Blanchisseuse

This beach is quite popular but I still count it as ‘hidden’ because for many who don’t frequent this part of the island, it is easy to miss. It only requires a short drive/walk off the road to get to this stretch of coastline, but if you’re unfamiliar with the turn-off (like me) you can drive right by. Note: If you’re looking for seclusion, “Blanchi” (as it’s commonly called) isn’t your destination. Surfers, sunbathers, even kayakers frequent this location to take advantage of the massive waves, large stretches of sand, and the calm, clear water of the Marianne River where kayaks are available for rent. But, even with the sizable group of people congregated at this beach, it never feels cluttered as there is a lot of real estate – enough for everyone to pick their spot, hunker down and keep out of each other’s way.

I admit, some of these beaches may be common knowledge to quite a few people. But for those who aren’t aware of their existence, they’re hidden gems waiting to be discovered. So, whether you live in Trinidad or you’re just visiting, if you have some time on your hands, I encourage you to drive on past Maracas (stop for bake and shark of course!) and Las Cuevas, and acquaint yourselves with these lesser known but absolutely breathtaking spots.

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31 Comment

  1. Wonderful exotic beaches, not too crowded. I hope that it can be preserved as much as the locals can. I love spending time on the beach walking along the coast or waiting for the sun to set.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      So do I! We’ll do our best to preserve them 🙂

  2. Meg says: Reply

    All of these look like paradise. If I close my eyes I’m practically there! Looks like they aren’t overrun either. I love hiking to a vacant patch of sand for some quiet time. 🙂

  3. Mohit says: Reply

    those are so beautiful beaches….every time make a choice of best one for me and sooner I change my mind seeing the next one as I scroll down…all are so fabulous

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much for the positive feedback!

  4. I used to visit Trinidad twice a year growing up, since my parents are from there. My uncle has a beach house at Blanchisseuse. It’s such a beautiful place. I haven’t been to the other beaches, but we went to Maracas all the time. And you are so right…shark and bake was always my favorite post-beach treat

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Blanchisseuse is such a beautiful part of the country – a long drive depending on where you’re based but totally worth it! As crowded as it gets, I do enjoy Maracas as well, especially because of the bake and shark 🙂 lol

  5. Liz says: Reply

    My coworker travels to Trinidad all rhe time. Now I know why!!! Absolutely beautiful!!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Wow that’s great to know! I hope they really enjoy it every time they visit 🙂

  6. Summer says: Reply

    Wow, stunning photos. Trinidad has such natural beauty and dreamy blue skies. We once trekked through a forest and discovered the most beautiful beach in Italy, which apparently was only known to locals, and I was so glad we did it. I hope you enjoy your travels!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Wow, discoveries like that are the best! I can’t wait to stumble upon some more lesser known beaches at home and abroad 🙂

  7. These beaches are amazing!!! So beautiful – I so hope to make the trip over to the Caribbean from Australia some day – beaches like this make me wish I was there now!!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I really hope you can visit our region sometime soon! Australia’s a long way off but it’ll be worth it 🙂

  8. Tina says: Reply

    Beautiful under the radar beaches! I would love to visit Trinidad one day. I’ve only ever been to Aruba and I’m convinced that the Caribbean has the most beautiful beaches in the world.

  9. Those are great little hideaway spots. Will have to check those out if I get the chance.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I hope you’re able to visit and see these for yourself!

  10. Ashlee says: Reply

    Definitely having major beach envy after seeing all these pics!!

  11. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says: Reply

    Trinidad is beautiful, and these beaches are gorgeous. It looks so peaceful and quiet.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thank you so much, it means a lot when people appreciate the beauty of my island 🙂

  12. Excellent, you can’t beat a nicely secluded beach. Thanks for sharing!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You’re welcome!

  13. My love for beaches has always increased with every beach I visited, every wave I felt and every sunset I lived. This article just offered me my heaven! Thank you so much for the compilation of such beautiful and virgin beaches.

  14. neha says: Reply

    These beaches all look lovely. I never knew of a beach with a wooden archway. I guess L’anse Mitan Beach would be my favorite from the list

  15. Izzy says: Reply

    Trinidad is absolutely on my list but I’m a bit more interested in the shark bake and jerk moreso than the beaches. I’m embarrassed to admit but I’m not that much of a beach person 😛

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      That’s OK, the beach isn’t for everyone 🙂 You’ll absolutely LOVE the bake and shark if you’re into food – it’s one of my fave things to eat here!

  16. Such beautiful islands. Niceee! Thanks for sharing Trinidad!

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    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You’re very welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  17. Kellyn says: Reply

    Another awesome blog post Aisha. My daughters God-mother comes from Trinidad. I have to really make it my business to head there in the next year or two. The beaches there are so beautiful. Hidden beaches are always the best. I found a nice one in Antigua a few summers ago. Hope it’s still hidden.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      That’s so cool that your daughter’s Godmother is a Trini! We’re everywhere 🙂 I hope you can make it down to visit my islands soon! Antigua’s on my list for this year, fingers crossed I make it there soon!

  18. Anita says: Reply

    Thank you for useful tips. It would be great to visit Trinidad one day!

  19. Janine says: Reply

    Trinidad looks so tranquil! I haven’t been there myself, but I love the secluded beaches! 100 Steps beach looks like a lovely secluded place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

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