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August is the perfect time for family and
groups of friends to head to Tobago together.
This could be an opportunity to do some fun
and adventurous camping on the seashore.
The dazzling blue water, golden sands, glori-
ous sunsets make you want to stay on the
beach. The fact that most Tobago beaches
are hemmed in by the natural flora or small
villages causes the wildlife, especially
birds, to be ever present and many of the
beaches have either fringing or off shore reefs
that are ideal for snorkeling. All of these facets make you
want to linger on the beach and camping is a great way to experience
oneness with nature. One can literally camp on any beach in Tobago once it is
not private land. However, it is advisable that you check in with a district police
station or community organisations to get some guidance, if necessary, before
setting up camp. Below are some of the places for camping in Tobago.
Englishman Bay is visually beautiful with water that is calm and
clear plus a curving stretch of golden brown sand. Persons who
camp on this beach can enjoy the pleasures of snorkeling. The
steeply sloping beach flattens at the top, with almond and sea
grape trees creating a shaded arbor that is ideal for camping and
above the high tide mark. Campers at Englishman Bay will find
mosquitoes are a minor problem at night because the area behind
the beach trees is swampy but the problem is not insurmountable
Two vendors ply their trade on this beach; one has a small restau-
rant that operates in the day. Campers can obtain camping supplies
from Castara or Parlatuvier but Castara is the better bet because it
is a slightly larger village.
It is very important to note that Englishman Bay is a lonely beach
at night because there are no houses in the vicinity of the beach
creating the potential for security problems. As such it should not
be used for camping unless it is a large group of persons who are
camping there. This bay is along the Northside Road between Cas-
tara and Parlatuvier.
Bloody Bay is a small bay located east of Parlatuvier. It is accessi-
ble from the Northside Road, via a well paved road that leads
down the side of a hill. The beach is a ribbon of
olden sand onto which clear blue water gently
ows. There are no houses on this beach. Along
he beach there are almond and sea-grape trees.
he Bloody Bay River flows into the sea at the
astern end of the bay. There are toilet and shower
acilities at the beach however these close at
30pm each day.
Campers here can enjoy swimming and snorkeling
the azure water and at night join the locals in fish-
g from the cliffs on either sides of the bay. Camping
t Bloody Bay is usually done at Carnival and at
aster. Small amounts of camping supplies can be ob-
ained from Parlatuvier
The beach at Kings Bay is a mix of gold and black sand
ving the sea water a somewhat dark appearance on an
vercast day but the water, as with all Tobago sea water
very clear. On a sunny day this deeply indented bay is
ery beautiful. The area behind the beach is a mix of al-
mond trees and dry mangrove, providing an area for camping.
At Kings Bay Beach, there are changing rooms, toilets and show-
ers. There are small huts (cabanas) for picnics and lifeguards are on
duty during the daytime. A snack bar is operated at the beach facil-
ity during the day time. Any forgotten grocery items can be ob-
tained in the nearby village of Delaford from some small shops.
Kings Bay Beach is at end of Kings Bay Depot road off the Wind-
ward Road in the northeast of Tobago.
Canoe Bay is on private property and so a fee has to be paid to
the owner in order to camp here. The area is fenced, lit and gener-
ally secure. Persons who camp on the property will share the facil-
ity with a block of 14 one bedroom apartments and another block
of 3 two bedroom apartments. There are wide grassy lawns leading
down to the sea and persons camping at Canoe Bay awaken to the
sounds of numerous birds across the 44 acre property.
The Canoe Bay Resort's strongest feature is the shallow waters
of the bay, surrounded by a small but pleasant beach. The sea is
calm here as an offshore reef provides shelter for a natural lagoon.
The swimming is ideal for families with small children and there is
good snorkelling. There is a beach bar/restaurant, with freshwater
showers, toilets and changing facilities. The restaurant offers
breakfasts and light lunches only.
Access is via a road off the Claude Noel Highway and there is a
large sign on the highway identifying the road to the resort. The re-
sort is actually a fair distance off the main highway. Those individu-
als with a vehicle however will have no difficulty as large
supermarkets are only 8 minutes away, restaurants and bars are
only 15 minutes away and the airport is approximately 20 minutes
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