Island Girl’s Faves: Best Beaches in Tobago

Best Beaches in #Tobago

All beaches in Tobago are beautiful in their own right, but not all beaches in Tobago are created equal. Some are perfect for all-day relaxation and comfort, others are ideal for falling completely off the grid. Some are good for a little adventure, while others have all the right conditions for your favorite water sport. If you’ve got all the time in the world (like me) you can make it your business to try and discover each and every one of the 55 beaches Tobago’s claims to possess. However, if you only have a few days to spare, and you want to maximize your beach time, these are my recommendations for the Best Beaches in Tobago.

NB: This is a running list and new awesome beaches will be added as soon as I stumble upon them.

1. Pigeon Point Heritage Park

Best Beaches in #Tobago

Pigeon Point is the most popular beach on the island. With good reason. Ranked among CNN’s Top 100 Beaches in the World, Pigeon Point is the beach you envision when you think of Caribbean paradise. Aquamarine waters, white sand and coconut trees are the order of the day and every where you turn, everything you see, presents the ideal photo op. Apart from being blessed by nature though, Pigeon Point also has all the amenities required for a comfortable, hassle-free day at the beach. From dine-in restaurants and bars to tours and water sports, its the place to go when you want to do it all. All of this comes at a price, however I think we can all agree US $3 or TT $20 is more than worth it for a day in paradise!

Amenities: Beach chairs and umbrellas; two restaurant and bar establishments; well maintained restrooms; lockers; shops with beach gear and souvenirs on sale

Activities: Glass Bottom Boat Tours and Water sports (wind and kite surfing, stand up paddle and jet skiing)

Highlight: The Pigeon Point Jetty is said to be the most photographed jetty in the world. Makes for great photo ops!

Best Beach in Tobago for: All-Day Relaxation

2. Englishman’s Bay

Best Beaches in Tobago: Store Bay

Every time I’m craving quality beach time without quality people time I head east to Englishman’s Bay. Tucked away amidst the lush vegetation of the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Englishman’s Bay is one of those idyllic beaches you conjure up when you think of going completely off-the-grid. As well-known as it is, this little stretch of coastline still manages to remain relatively secluded on any given day of the week. With its cinnamon colored sand flanked by emerald green water on one side and forest green trees on the other, Englishman’s Bay delivers the wild and untamed environment those seeking the truly unplug crave. Amenities are limited, but this isn’t the place you go for convenience, it’s the place you go maximize on nature and minimize on frills.

Amenities: Beach chair rentals; one restaurant with limited menu; rough-around-the-edges; restroom facilities; two souvenir vendors

Activities: You’re free to lounge, swim and snorkel on your own but there are no organized activities

Highlight: With hardly anyone in sight you feel like you have the beach all to yourself!

Best Beach in Tobago for: Serenity and seclusion

3. Store Bay Beach Facility

Best Beaches in Tobago: Store Bay

A stone’s throw away from the airport, Store Bay is often the first and last beach many visitors experience. Apart from its convenient location though, Store Bay has some of the clearest water on the island, as well as all the fixings for a budget-friendly beach day. Free entry is only the start of it – the food court features small take-away eating establishments with wallet friendly prices; the entrepreneurs handling rentals and boat tours are generally more open to negotiating prices than anywhere else on the island; and its the only beach you’re guaranteed to get cheap local sweets such a tamarind ball and sugar cake.

Amenities: Beach chairs and umbrellas; food court; three bars; well maintained restrooms; craft market

Activities: Glass Bottom Boat Tours and Dive Shop

Highlight: My fave feature are the little alcoves cut into the rocks that are perfect for setting up camp

Best Beach in Tobago for: Budget friendly fun

4. Pirate’s Bay

Best Beaches in Tobago: Pirates Bay

They say the journey is half the fun and for Pirate’s Bay, that’s exactly the case. Apart from the 1.5 hour long drive to get to Charlotteville that’s chocked full of amazing views, Pirate’s Bay is also most easily accessed via boat. Bare in mind, there’s no official water taxi, no set schedule, and no set rade for boats heading to the beach, but that’s all part of the fun. As soon as you arrive at the waterfront you’ll be approached by various boat men who will offer you “good deals” to get you to the beach. Once you arrive on the beach, prepare for an authentic beach experience without any of the amenities the developed beaches have. Some days the beach is more crowded than others, but the water here is so crystal clear

Amenities: None

Activities: You’re free to lounge, swim and snorkel on your own but there are no organized activities

Highlight: Arriving on the beach by boat is super cool

Best Beach in Tobago for: Feeling like a castaway

5. Batteaux Bay

Best Beaches in Tobago: Batteaux Bay

Batteaux Bay is a gorgeous stretch of coastline with deep sapphire blue waters that invite you to dive right in. And, after making the hour-plus long drive to Speyside, a nice, soothing sea bath is exactly what you’re need. This beach exists within the perimeters of Blue Waters Inn, however it is accessible to the public – yay! The boutique hotel is relatively small, which means the beach is never overrun with bathers and you’re able to relax and unwind under the shade of the many trees that seem to creep right up to the edge of the water.

Amenities: Restaurant

Activities: Dive shop. Non-guests can’t access complimentary hotel activities but they ocean is your playground!

Highlight: Just a few meters off the jetty there’s a gorgeous reef perfect for snorkeling

Best Beach in Tobago for: Road Trips

6. Arnos Vale

Best Beaches in Tobago: No Mans Land

The seafront real estate of an abandoned, dilapidated hotel doesn’t sound like the ideal place to spend your day, but what Arnos Vale lacks in charm and polish it makes up for in experiences. A great three-for-one deal, this beach offers the cool, clear waters on the main stretch of coastline, as well as two “hidden” beaches, accessible to those adventurous enough to scale the rocks and navigate the minefield of sea urchins. The trek to the secluded alcoves aren’t for the faint of heart, but I promise you they’re worth it. Whether you’re looking for photo ops or just some privacy, to me Arnos Vale is worth the effort particularly for these bonus beaches!

Amenities: None

Activities: You’re free to lounge, swim and snorkel on your own but there are no organized activities

Highlight: Bonus hidden beaches!

Best Beach in Tobago for: Mini-adventures

7. No Man’s Land

Best Beaches in Tobago: No Mans Land

A strip of untouched coastline stretching out into the Bon Accord Lagoon, No Man’s Land can only be accessed by boat. It’s the last stop on most glass bottom boat tours and one of the beaches in Tobago that’s ideal for low-key liming (a.k.a. hanging out). This little spit is all soft sand, clear waters and overgrown greenery. It’s ideal for a no-frills beach day as there are absolutely no modern conveniences – not even restroom facilities. Anything you need you’ll need to bring it yourself, whether its chairs, drinks, food and most importantly, garbage bags to take your trash back with you. Due to limited access, the small beach is never overcrowded but the communal, makeshift BBQ grill is always loaded up with a variety of meats and freshly caught fish and strangers always seem happy to share!

Amenities: Makeshift BBQ grill, nothing more

Activities: Liming a.k.a. hanging out

Highlight: The beach is so wild an untamed it almost feels like camping!

Best Beach in Tobago for: Liming

8. Buccoo Beach

Best Tobago Beaches: Buccoo Beach

I’m ashamed to admit that its taken me this long to visit Buccoo Beach but now that I have, I’m hooked! I finally visited on the advice of a Norwegian friend and discovered that this beach meets all of my #beachgoal criteria. Power soft white sand? Check! Clear, calm water? Check, check! Uncrowded? Check! But with the added bonus of not actually being lonely! Meaning that, even though it’s usually full of people (including the moment I captured this photo) everyone takes advantage of the shade provided by the low hanging trees and they set up camp beneath the thick foliage. There are also cute wooden structures set up in a few spots that can be claimed on a first come, first serve basis, making it an ideal place for a more authentic and rootsy all-day beach lime.

Amenities: Wooden huts

Activities: Inflatable water park

Highlight: The beach gives the appearance of being secluded even when it isn’t, which makes it ideal for a solo beach-goer seeking serenity without the concerns of being truly alone.

Best Beach in Tobago for: No-frills beach lime

9. King Peter’s Bay

Best Tobago Beaches: Moriah

King Peter’s Bay is located in the village of Moriah. I discovered this beautiful, bathable beach thanks to a coworker who lives in the area. It’s a bit of a winding detour off the North Coast Road but the drive is absolutely worth it. Lined with lush green foliage on one side and solid, dark rocks on the other, this is one of those beaches in Tobago that’s all natural and primarily isolated. From the vantage point atop the rocks you can appreciate just how clear the water is, as you can actually see the bright hues of the parrot and angel fishes swimming just below us. With absolutely no amenities and few to no people at any given time, I wouldn’t advise staying here for an extended period of time but I definitely recommend it for a refreshing swim and even a snorkeling session to take in the beautiful marine life that exists so close to shore!

Amenities: None

Activities: Snorkeling (providing you have your own gear)

Highlight: You’ll be amazing at the beautiful wildlife you can encounter so close to shore

Best Beach in Tobago for: Actual seclusion. Literally.

Of course this list is by no means the beginning and end of epic beaches in Tobago. There are so many more to share with you and I intend to do so with every special new stretch of coastline I encounter. So be sure to keep checking back for updates as I continue to seek out the best beaches in Tobago!

Have you ever been to Tobago? Can you think of any that I haven’t added to list yet. Drop a note in the comments and if I haven’t already been there I’ll add it to my beach hopping itinerary!

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47 Replies to “Island Girl’s Faves: Best Beaches in Tobago”

  1. They are wonderful beaches with such transparent water that makes them even more beautiful!!!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      They really are beautiful beaches!

  2. This post has me longing to visit Tobago. Despite some of the Commerical facilities, it looks really unspoilt. The second one is my favourite though, that lush vegetation and feeling of getting away from it wins for me.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Unspoilt is the perfect word to describe Tobago. While there are commercialized parts, so much of the island is still untouched and perfect for connecting with nature.

  3. Right now, I wouldn’t say no to any of these beautiful beaches! I’ve never been unfortunately to Tobago, so I’d like to see Pigeon Point first and work my way through the list! Reading this has put me in the mood for summer!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Pigeon Point is a great beach for first timers to Tobago – it’s at a great location with everything you’ll need for the perfect day!

  4. I love the name “No Man’s Land”! Those beaches look incredible. I am slightly beach obsessed, so I certainly need to go and check these out.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I’m beach obsessed as well – yay! I hope you make it down to Tobago soon, you’ll love it!

  5. What a fantastic selection! I think my favorite is Batteaux Bay, since I absolutely love road trips! But I must say that also Englishman’s Bay looks really tempting 🙂

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      They’re both great beaches and both work great if you’re a road trip enthusiast but Batteaux Bay definitely gives you more stop and great views along the way 🙂

  6. I’ve never been to Tobago but I’d love to go. I think the Caribbean is such a wonderful place to go to relax. No Man’s Land looks like a perfect beach for me because the water is such a pretty color. I prefer beaches that don’t get too crowded…although the crowded ones are great for people watching.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You’re right on the money with No Man’s Land – I love it for the same reason! But I also love people watching – occasionally 🙂 I hope you’re able to visit Tobago soon!

  7. Wow those places are really beautiful and the pictures are breathtaking. I loved the way u described each and every place. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You’re very welcome!

  8. Denny George says: Reply

    Beautiful photos of the beaches. I’ve never been to the Caribbean, but would love to go sometime. Tobago will definitely be on my itinerary whenever I get there. Pigeon Point seems amazing and I would enjoy being able to spend time there.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I do hope you can visit us soon!

  9. Sigh. Reading this in the cold. I feel so warm and relaxed. Beautiful island.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Awww happy to be able to provide you with some virtual warmth!

  10. What a beautiful part of the world. I went to Jamaica many years ago but haven’t been to Tobago. Planning a trip to Central America in the next couple of years, so may need to go out to the Caribbean and visit some of these!

    I wonder if it’s possible to do scuba diving around any of these beaches?

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      All the yes to scuba diving! I’m a diver as well so I’ve been to quite a few of our sites, we have just over 20 official dive sites in total including walls and wrecks 🙂

  11. I think I will have to visit them all, you have inspired me to start nagging Mr PTW to visit Tobago in the next year or so, is it easy to add a visit to Trinidad too?

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Oh I really hope that’s possible for you to visit, you’ll love it! It’s pretty easy to bounce between the two islands with 20 minute flights running almost every half an hour at just US $48 and the 3.5 hour ferry service at under US $20 round trip!

  12. Blair Villanueva says: Reply

    I rarely read blogs about Tobago, and I am happy to know that there are many beautiful beaches. These place deserves more promotion online!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much! I’ll do my best to share more about this beautiful gem 🙂

  13. I so badly want to go to Tobago. The water looks so clear and I think Pirates bay would be the one for me

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I hope you’re able to visit some time soon! Pirate’s Bay is awesome!

  14. Oh man! These are some mindblowing beaches. I love all of them. No doubt that the Pigeon’s Point is lovely but it is the No man’s land that I found elusive and beautiful. I even loved Arnos Vale. Something mystical about it. Beautiful pictures

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much! I love them all but if I had to choose I too would pick the secluded beaches over Pigeon Point 🙂

  15. So amazing! I live in California near the beach and these pictures are still making me drool. I’ve heard Trinidad and Tobago are awesome but have never seen a review of just Tobago. How do you think the beach of Tobago compare to the beaches of Trinidad?

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      The beaches in Tobago are by far better than the beaches in Trinidad, if you’re looking for clear water and powder soft sand you definitely need to spend your time in Tobago 🙂 Trinidad’s great in its own way but more ideal for nightlife.

  16. Beautiful beaches! I don’t think that I could pick a top one to visit, maybe Englishman’s Beach as it looks so isolated and paradise-like? The water looks so clear and fresh as well.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Yes, Englishman’s Bay is a great choice! It’s the perfect escape 🙂

  17. Thanks so much for bringing the sunny and tropical vibes to us, we love them and we miss them so much! Those sandy paradises are a must, we never heard about them but we have to check them out, so worthy to explore 😀 Thanks for sharing!
    Sending all the love and positive vibrations,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    https://freeoversea.com/blog/our-first-workaway-experience

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by and appreciating the beauty of Tobago!

  18. Postcard Stories says: Reply

    Wow! Beautiful beaches, and your pictures too Sadly that tis country is far from Europe, so I think I won’t see this nature beauty in live Thanx for great photos!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Awww hopefully you’ll be able to visit at some point in the future.

  19. Wow! These beaches look absolutely stunning! One more reason to head to Tobago for some relaxation!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Indeed! You’ve gotta make the trip! The beaches are fantastic!

  20. Wow. The beaches in Tabago look amazing. I think I just have to add it to my long list of places to go!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You really do! Hope you can visit soon!

  21. Tobago looks like a dreamy destination. Your article is so cool dear, love your works and your shots.

  22. What an awesome overview! All these beaches look absolutely beautiful!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      They absolutely are!

  23. Another gorgeous blog post!!! The beaches are just beautiful.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      The beaches really are awesome! Hope you get to visit soon!

  24. These beaches look fantastic. Should put that area on to our bucket list. 😀

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      You definitely should! Hope you’re able to visit soon!

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