Maracas Beach

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Maracas, Trinidad and Tobago

Maracas Beach Reviews

HuBison HuBison
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Popular beach, but it can be hard to get to Mar 14, 2011
Maracas Beach is on the northern side of the island. It is a popular beach and during Carnival season, many people go there on Ash Wednesday to cool down and relax after partying. It is also popular on other holidays and on the weekends.

It is a treacherous drive and could take almost an hour from Port of Spain. If you are visiting from the States or anywhere where you drive on the right side of the road and you have rented a car, I would not recommend the drive over the mountains to get to Maracas. If you are visiting from a country where they drive on the left side of the road and you have rented a car, you might be able to consider the drive, but you would still be likely to get lost on your way there. In short, make arrangements to get dropped off and picked up.

When sitting in the passenger seat on the drive over there, try not to look down and you would probably feel safer if you were picked up before sunset; driving on that mountain is even more dangerous in the dark.

Ok-so, in regards to the beach, the sand is smooth and fine and the water is nice and clean, although not blue and crystal clear. It is clear towards the shore and you can see the sand as you walk into the water, but as you go deeper and deeper, the sand becomes less visible, but there is very little seaweed and other stuff floating in the water. The major issue with Maracas is that it is in a bay and the waves can be quite strong, especially in February. Lifeguards are available during the day, so heed any warnings.

There was several opportunities for shade as Trini sun can be quite strong and one can tan quickly and burn easily. There are several food stands and other vendors; some are on the beach, others just off the road, and others on the opposite side of the beach. Richard's usually has the longest line for "bake and shark", but I have eaten closer to the beach and have enjoyed my meal just as much.

If you drive past Maracas, another beach is just a few more minutes down the road. Las Cuevas is strikingly beautiful, has a lot less shade, and calmer water.
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