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Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean twin island nation closest to South America, is known for its lush vegetation, vibrant cultural festivals and sumptuous cuisine. But these two islands are also known for their idyllic beaches, some of which are tucked away from the beaten path.

So, if you’re taking a trip to the islands, here’s a list of beaches that you should make a point of visiting.

Beaches in Trinidad

Las Cuevas

Out of all of the beaches on the North Coast of Trinidad, Las Cuevas stands out for its nearby caves which can offer a much needed respite from sunbathing. The name of the beach actually means “the caves” in Spanish. Snack bars, nearby showers and toilet facilities make spending the day at Las Cuevas a breeze.
Life guard services are available from 11 am to 5 pm.

Maracas Bay

Maracas Bay is arguably the most popular, or at least the most well-known, beach in Trinidad. The water can become rough and hazardous, so be sure to swim between the red flags that designate safe areas. Life guards are generally on duty there from 10 am to 6pm.

Great food and amenities are available at Maracas. When you’re there, the locals will tell you that you must try a local dish called “Bake and Shark” which is a fried shark filet sandwich that you can dress with your choice of tasty sauces.

Beaches in Tobago

Pigeon Point

Located in Crown Point, just about 10 mins away from the airport, Pigeon Point’s waters are calm and family friendly. The beach is also very close to Buccoo Reef which is one of the most readily accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean.

There are regular tours from the beach to the reef and the Nylon Pool, a shallow section of crystal clear water just beyond the reef. The pool got its name from Princess Margaret who visited the island in 1962. Its waters are said to have the powers to rejuvenate you both physically and spiritually.

Buccoo Reef tours are done in glass-bottomed boats and the tour guides are just as colourful as their sea vessels. You can book your trip right on the beach and sign up for jet-ski rides as well.

If you’re just interested in having a relaxing day, Pigeon Point is a great choice once you’re willing to pay the US $3 entrance fee. It’s worth it, though. Due the shape and size of the beach, you can still enjoy your fair share of privacy and tranquility even when it’s crowded.

The beach bar at Pigeon Point, Renmar’s, is fully stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst after a long day of fun in the sun. Try the fish and chips there, it’s delicious.

Englishman’s Bay

Located on the west coast of Tobago, Englishman’s Bay is secluded from the main road by a mile or so of lush vegetation. The deep clear water makes it good for swimming and snorkeling. But, be careful. The steep sea shelf makes the transition from shallow to deep water potentially dangerous.

People go to Englishman’s Bay to relax on a beautiful beach that seems hidden from the outside world. There’s a restaurant on the beach offering tasty local dishes. The craft vendors there give you chance to pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Mt Irvine

The beaches at Mt Irvine, located on the Southwest/Leeward coast, have excellent facilities and some of the best snorkeling opportunities on the island. The Mt Irvine Beach Hotel is open to the public and offers refreshments- via their restaurant- as well as changing room and toilet facilities. And Mt Irvine Bay is well known for its watersports and snorkeling with coral and reef fish in abundance. Snorkelling gear can be rented onsite.

Trinidad and Tobago offers a fun getaway experience for people who love great food, culture, vibrant nightlife as well as lazy days lounging in the sun. Book your trip today.

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How to Choose The Best Winter Accessories to Stay Warm

Your winter coat and boots are essential for keeping you warm, but don’t underestimate your less visible winter gear: your accessories. These items may be less noticeable, but they go a LONG way toward keeping you warm and comfortable. Choose your winter accessories carefully, and you’ll be cozy from head to toe.

Here’s a thorough list of tips for buying every winter accessory you’ll need this season.

Buy both a base layer and an outer layer.
You need two types of winter accessories.

• Base layer: Long underwear, leggings, and socks that will keep your skin dry as well as trap your body heat.
• Outer layer: A scarf, hat, earmuffs, and gloves to keep your extremities from losing heat in the cold.

Choose the right materials.

There are two basic categories for materials: synthetics and naturals. Each one is appropriate for different situations.

For your base layer, you may want to go for a synthetic fiber like polyester. Synthetics can effectively wick moisture away from the body, so your clothes won’t become soaked with sweat – a bad idea if you want to stay warm. Some natural fibers, like merino wool, are also useful for this purpose. Thermal underwear, for example, is often made of wool and/or synthetic fibers.

For outer-layer items, you want to go with a well-insulated, midweight material. Natural materials like wool, leather, and fur are all wonderful options, and synthetics such as polyester fleece, woven acrylic, or faux fur also work well.

For gloves, leather and fleece are especially good because they can be easily wiped clean or machine-washed. For hats, you can’t go wrong with a high-quality wool, fleece, or fur.

Aim for full coverage.

Ideally you don’t want much, if any, of your skin to be exposed to the cold air. This is important for every layer – your long undies should go all the way to your ankles, your gloves should actually cover your wrists, and so on.

Headgear is especially important in this respect. Your head needs to be completely covered in order to stay warm in the cold! If your hat doesn’t cover your ears, then invest in some earmuffs.

But look for a dexterous fit.

While you do need the material to be thick enough to keep you warm, you also don’t want bulky, puffy accessories that will prevent you from being able to walk, bend your knees, reach with your arms, and use your fingers.

You especially need your gloves to be slim and dexterous so that they don’t restrict movement. Look for a stretchy but warm fabric, and of course, go with gloves instead of mittens.

Consider special features.

Lastly, consider which special features you’d appreciate in your accessories. For example, some gloves have touchscreen capability on the fingertips. Some can be converted into mittens as needed for extra warmth. For scarves, you might want to buy an infinity scarf that can also double as a shawl. The sky’s the limit, and your winter accessories should be useful for your personal needs.


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