One of Tobago’s most popular beaches, Store Bay is a hub that offers a wide variety of diversions to satisfy almost every taste. The beach delivers a full complement of amenities, from lifeguards and restroom services, to a craft market and food court that serves up delicious local dishes, including the island’s trademark curried crab and dumpling. Activities range from jet skiing to glass bottom boat tours and the bay’s calm water provides ideal swimming conditions. Store Bay is also the venue for the Great Race speed boat events, which attracts thousands of spectators each year.
Pigeon Point Heritage Park
Remarkably blue waters and pristine white sand come together to paint a breathtaking picture of paradise at Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Ranked among the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN, Pigeon Point is home to Tobago most iconic calling card - the famous thatch-roof jetty, along with a sleuth of amenities and activities, making it the perfect all-day beach destination. An entry fee of TT $20 (US $3) is required, granting visitors access to this prime piece of beach real estate with the option to sample different restaurants, bars and shops; as well as indulge in a variety of watersports, from swimming and snorkeling to jet skiing and kite surfing. The beach also serves as a venue for some of Tobago’s largest events, including the Tobago Jazz Festival, Great Fete and the Tobago Dragon Boat Festival.
No Man's Land
A pristine white coral-sand beach, No Man’s Land is a spit that stretches out into the Bon Accord Lagoon. Uninhabited, undeveloped and accessible only by boat, it offers a rustic, deserted island setting that makes it an appealing escape for those seeking an alternative beach experience. The clear, shallow waters are ideal for snorkeling and its close proximity to the Nylon Pool means it’s also a popular stop for many tours that serve up delicious homestyle BBQ lunches on the sand.
Bon Accord Lagoon
Vibrant mangrove wetlands almost completely encircle the Bon Accord Lagoon and together the two serve as a haven for much Tobago’s wildlife. On land, the mangrove serves as a home to many species of birds, while the lagoon offers sanctuary to a wide variety of marine life, including fishes, conch, snails, crabs and oysters. Most easily accessible by boat, the lagoon is a popular stop for many glass bottom boat tours before they drop anchor at No Man’s Land.
Not a beach in the technical sense, the Nylon Pool is a sandbank located miles of the island’s west coast. This shallow “pool” in the middle of the ocean offers exceptional conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Named by Princess Margaret because the water was as clear as her nylon stockings, the pool is also believed to possess mystical powers. Among the more popular legends associated with the pool are that swimming in it reverses the effects of aging by 10 years and couples who kiss underwater are blessed with a lifetime of happiness.
A long, gorgeous stretch of coastline in the iconic fishing village of Buccoo, Buccoo Bay is fringed by mangroves and other thick foliage that provide excellent shade. Serviced by lifeguards, the calm waters are usually clear and offer ideal swimming and snorkeling conditions. If you time it perfectly, you may be able to help local fishermen pull in the seine with their catch or witness the horses prancing through the water during daily horseback riding tours. The beach frequently hosts bonfires and reef tours and its close proximity to the Buccoo Integrated Facility grants visitors access to restrooms and a host of restaurants and shops. There is also a water park on-site for those seeking a bit of aquatic action.
Buccoo Reef Marine Park
A protected marine park spanning 7 sq km and comprising five reef flats, Buccoo Reef is one of the most accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean. A favorite destination for snorkeling enthusiasts, many visitors to the reef experience close encounters with a wide variety of marine life, including the occasional manta ray. Tours to the reef leave multiple times daily from Store Bay Beach Facility, Pigeon Point Heritage Park, and Buccoo Bay.