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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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If the sound of tiny footsteps is keeping you awake at night, your home might have a few unwanted guests. From mice to squirrels and bats to pigeons, wild animals need to find a warm place to call home so they can survive the harshness of winter weather. You can use the following tips to keep your house free of uninvited furry and feathered creatures.

Close Up Openings

Don’t make it easy for wildlife to enter your home. Now is the time to seal window openings and board up attic vents with sturdy screening. Take a walk around your home and outbuildings o identify any problems, make a list, and gather the supplies you need before you begin to remedy these problems. Even if you aren’t actively using a chimney or dryer vent, you might want to consider having a screen placed over top of it to prevent wild birds and animals from entering your home through it.

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Weak spots in your gutters could be an indication of a larger problem. It is possible that water damage is loosening the gutter, causing it to pull away from your home. If this is the case, you might also have structural damage in the walls or roof. Take the time to investigate the situation and make any repairs that are necessary.

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Wildlife typically looks for quiet, uninhabited spots to call home, which is why they burrow beneath your porch, climb into your attic, or tunnel underneath a shed. If you want to keep them out, you need to eliminate anything that might make these places more attractive to animals. Clean up yard debris and unwanted items several times a year to discourage wildlife pests from moving ono your property.

Clean Up after Your Pets Promptly

If you have pets, you should clean up after they are finished eating to avoid tempting other animals to enjoy their leftovers. Some animals store their food for months before eating it. Even if they aren’t hungry, they might just as easily decide to gather dry dog or cat food for storage.

Wild animals can do a lot of damage to a home, while also causing sleepless nights or bring infectious diseases into your home. Even if your home hasn’t been entered yet by these pests, you might want to consider bringing in a wildlife control specialist to help secure your home against future invasions. Keep your house a home instead of a wildlife refuge.


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