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 Rio Claro-Mayaro Regional Corporation is a Regional Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a land area of 852.81 km˛. The Rio Claro-Mayaro Regional Corporation is headquartered in Mayaro. Other towns include Rio Claro and Guayaguayare.

Mayaro also associated with oil production - most Trinidad's oil and natural gas production comes from offshore oil fields to the east of Mayaro. The major producer is BP Trinidad & Tobago (bpTT), together with BHP Billiton.

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Princes Town Regional Corporation is a Regional Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a land area of 621.35 km˛. The Princes Town Regional Corporation is headquartered in Princes Town. Other towns include Moruga.
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Manzanilla" Country Style Living Only 8 Mins From Beach.

Asking Price: $22,000 - $25,000 USD Nice Flat 5000 Sq Ft of Freehold Land that is Strategically located in James Smart Village 8 Mins. drive From the famous and safest beach in Trinidad "Manzanilla Bay"
you can get all your fresh fruits in the area and fresh Fish straight from the sea. There are other houses in the small development with electricity and Water available to all properties. The area has full compliment of Street Lights.

This property is Freehold Land and is being Sold by the Owner- No agents.
Excellent for Country House vacation Resort area , great for Weekends as It is out of the Hustle and Bustle and is located in a very quiet and safe area Green Serene surroundings offering all nature's fresh air.
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This area remains largely unspoiled and unpopulated.

On the east coast, there are the stunning Manzanilla and Mayaro beaches, both lined with coconut palms and still undiscovered by the tourist and  almost completely free of hotel development., and inland sits the protected Nariva Swamp, home of endangered species such as the manatee (sea cows).

Trinidad’s East Coast is extremely varied with three stretches of low coast separated by prominent headlands at Manzanilla Point and Radix Point. Much of this coastline consists of beaches and the central stretch, the Cocal or Manzanilla Beach, is a barrier beach. The barrier, the Cocal sand spit has impounded the Nariva Swamp. To the northeast the coastline is higher with cliffs and small beaches.


Sangre Grande It is where you change taxis or maxis, use the only ATMs on this side of the island, get a fast food fix or stock up on provisions. It serves as gateway to the Northwest side of the island as well. There's not a lot here to see, but it is the market hub for the East coast

Sangre Grande, although inland somewhat, is the regional center, largest town  and transit hub for the East Coast. The queue station is located behind the Royal Castle in the middle of the main drag. Besides the route taxis and maxi taxis there's PTSC buses to Port of Spain and Arima. There's also an internet cafe behind the Royal Castle as well at NJ'a

 Circle Route: across to Manzanila using the east-west Churchill-Roosevelt highway, then down the east coast, then across the southern section of the country to San Fernando, then north on the expressway.

Manzanilla Beach is  4000 m [2˝ miles] long.  The brownish grey, fine sand strip bordered with a restless Atlantic on the one side and bowing palms on the other side are a favorite setting for the many sun bathers and few swimmers (there is a bounded area with lifeguards in season). Snack bar, picnic tables and even changing facilities with showers are well maintained.
 GETTING THERE: The beach is about 1˝ hour drive from Port of Spain along the East Coast Road, can be reached via Sangre Gande and the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road


Located on the East Coast, Mayaro Bay has the longest beach in Trinidad. Caution must be exercised when swimming and along a designated area most of the beach there are lifeguards from 10 am to 5 pm (up to 6 pm during the Summer vacation). There are a number of guesthouses and small hotels along the beach and also several properties for rent around the more popular bathing areas.  
 It can be accessed by the Mayaro-Guayaguayare Road.It is about 2 & 1/4 hours drive away from Port of Spain.

Mayaro Beach is a popular destination for holidays, long weekends, and it is one of the traditional places to spend the Easter holidays. The shore is lined with holiday homes. An almost uninterrupted line of coconut trees (Cocos nucifera) line the shore, testimony to the days when most of the area consisted of coconut plantations. Lined with coconut palms and riddled with small lagoons, this is the ideal beach for long walks, or for watching the sun come up. Swimming can be a little dangerous in these waters, so check for lifeguards' flags and stay in the designated safe areas

Along this strip a number of villages exist to which the name Mayaro is generally applied. From north to south these are: St. Joseph, Beau Sejour, Plaisance (often called Pierreville), Beaumont, St. Ann's, Radix, Ste. Marguerite, Lagon Doux, Grand Lagoon and Lagon Palmiste. Beyond that are several small villages and then the town of Guayaguayare.


Guayaguayare is the southeastern most village in Trinidad and Tobago. It lies at the southern end of the county of Mayaro.Guayaguayare (often simply called Guaya) is primarily a fishing village, but it also plays a major role in the petroleum industry.
 Guayaguayare was the first area in Trinidad sited by Christopher Columbus on July 31, 1498. The area along Guayaguyare Bay, between the Lizard River (originally Rio de Iguanas) and the Pilote River (Rio de Pilotas) was settled by French planters and their slaves in the late eighteenth century following the 1783 Cedula de Población.  Guayaguayare also has a prominent place in the history of the oil industry - it was the site of the first commercially viable wells drilled in Trinidad by Randolph Rust and Lee Lum in May, 1902.


The Nariva Swamp & Nariva River
The Nariva Swamp is the largest freshwater wetland in Trinidad and Tobago with some 32 square miles of fresh-water herbaceous swamp.  It combines four major wetland types (mangrove swamp forest, palm forest, swamp wood and freshwater marsh) It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The Nariva River provides a year round opportunity for kayaking and empties into the sea at Manzanilla Bay. There are two easily accessible entry points; at the river mouth and at the bridge along the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road that spans the river. When entering or exiting the river at the river mouth during low tide care should be exercised to ensure that you are not swept out to sea, as the flow out of the river can be quite strong. Along the river it is possible to see basking caimans, while tarpon (known locally as grande ecaille) are sometimes seen near the surface of the water.

Bush Bush Wildlife Reserve is a sandy, forested island. Irregularly shaped, it is perhaps 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide in most places and about 2 to 3 miles long.
"The swamp itself isn`t much of a swamp in the wet season still less in the dry (this is due to unregulated farming in the swamp). There is a creek running beside the very pot-holed road (with fisherman`s huts along it) backed by very tall grasses and sedges - The road the creek runs along is called Kernahan Trace. It is the place for the two Gallinules, Pinnated Bittern and Dickcissel. There will be a supporting cast of Herons and Egrets, Tyrants and Yellow-hooded and Red-breasted blackbirds." [more at fatbirder.com]

Nariva Swamp    Bush Bush Wildlife Reserve, Nariva Swamp
This is Trinidad´s most important natural reserve, located in South Trinidad in the county of Nariva, and is protected as a wetland of outstanding scientific value. Access by boat; Wetland which occupies six square miles [3,840 Acres] of the central east coast. It is Trinidad's largest freshwater swamp.

The Red Howler Monkey and the Weeping Capuchin are among more than 57 species of mammals, 32 species of bats and 171 species of birds.. The Savannah Hawk and the Red breasted blackbird, reptiles and fish fauna are found here The highest-profile inhabitant is the Red Howler monkey with its impressive chatter which reverberates through the canopy of the dense rainforest. The towering mangrove forest blots out the sun and aerial roots descend like tentacles over eerie waterways. In the 15km-square Bush Sanctuary, the vegetation changes to palm marshes, hardwood forest, silk cotton trees and giant water lilies.
Permits are required for a visit contact a reputable tour operator or the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Department, 662-5114)

Access by boat only.

Places To Stay: East Coast
Azees Co. Guesthouse 3 ˝ mm Guayaguayare Road,
Grand Lagoon Village, Mayaro Tel: 868 630 4619 Fax: 868 630 9140 E-mail: williaf1 at trinidad.net
7 rooms Restaurant available on property, television in room, laundry service and cable TV
Remona Beach House Gill Road, Mayaro, Trinidad - (868) 630-4135
Harry's Guest House Baywatch Boulevard, Mayaro, Trinidad - (868) 652-2038
Calypso Inn Calypso Road, Manzanilla, Trinidad - (868) 668-5113

Coconut Cove Holiday Beach Club33-36 Calypso Road Manzanilla Beach, Manzanilla, Trinidad Rooms: 16 Tel: (868) 691-5939
Fax: (868) 665-0884  Email: cove2b at yahoo.com

intimate family-owned hotel, that caters for both international and local patrons on business or leisure travel ideally located off scenic Cocos Bay, Manzanilla Beach, East Coast Trinidad, with the Atlantic ocean washing its 29km stretch of sandy beach on one side and the immense and ecologically famous Nariva Swamp on the other.

Guests at the Coconut Cove, with its “Big Hotel” style and “Cozy Inn” personality, are guaranteed to experience a type of service that is unmatched by any other facility of this nature in Trinidad.   55’ swimming pool · Swim up bar · Beach side patio and bar

· Gym · Internet café


Large protected reserve ov 65 square kilometres of evergreen forest are located in the highest part of the Southern Range. The reserve boasts rivers, streams and waterfalls that are good for bathing, verdant forest, and a host of indigenous animals like lappe, agouti, quenk, tatoo, and red howler monkeys. A large variety of birds thrive on the reserve, and rare creatures like the ocelot, capuchin monkey, back deer, armadillo, and opossum are also attractions. Lagoon Bouffe, one of Trinidad’s largest mud volcanoes at 100 metres wide, is a feature of the reserve.
The Trinity Hills according to legend, are the hills that Christopher Columbus named the island of Trinidad. Columbus had promised to name the next land he discovered after the Holy Trinity. The first land he saw is supposed to have been this group of three hills.
GETTING THERE: In the extreme south east of Trinidad, running along the Rio Claro-Guayaguyare Road down to the sea. Access to the reserve is restricted, so for information on how to visit Trinity Hills, call Petrotrin at 649-5539 before 4 pm from Monday to Friday, or 649-5500/5501 on public holidays.

Guayaguayare Bay Beach Visit Guayaguayare Bay Beach at low tide in order to enjoy the beach and the sights of Trinity Hills.

The South coast is less varied. To the east the foothills of the Trinity Hills fall abruptly to the sea but to the west the topography is less precipitous and there are extensive beaches, many of which are front cliffs. Because of the strong and sustained westerly water flow in the Columbus Channel, the coastline is under severe erosional pressure

a year round opportunity for kayaking
Nariva Swamp Kayak Exploration by caribbeandiscoverytours.com a memorable exploration by either kayak, small boat, or in the dry months, on foot of the famous Nariva Swamp. Nariva is 6,254 hectares of wetlands, marshes and swamp forests teeming with more than 200 species of birds

Trinidad’s East Coast has mile after mile of magnificent wild beaches where lines of Atlantic breakers roll ashore on fine yellow sand strewn with coconut husks and chip-chip shells, backed by a million tall palms that line the shore. Cocal Beach on Cocos Bay is 4km long, deserted but for the occasional family of week-enders.

At the end of Cocos Bay a sand spit across the mouth of the Nariva River has created Nariva Swamp

Strong Current Warning
The water on the East coast is rougher than on the west or north coast  watch out for undertows.  Do not venture out very far or deep, especially on your own. Lifeguards are on duty in specific areas from 9 am to 5 pm. Still  the great wide and long beach space of nothing but sand and palm trees is wonderful.
The Buffalypso breed can be found thriving throughout Trinidad. They are said to be four times as efficient as domestic cows at converting resources to products. It is a water buffalo which was developed through a selective breeding program by veterinarian Steve Bennett of Trinidad.  Buffalypso were bred from the following riverine breeds of the Indian sub-continent: Murrah, Jafarabadi, Nili-Ravi,
Trinity Hills
The Trinity Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve occupies much of Trinidad’s southeastern corner. Its 65 square km of evergreen forest include the Trinity Hills along the south coast

Lagoon Bouffe is one of Trinidad’s largest mud volcanoes, 100 metres wide. Access to the reserve is restricted, so for information on how to visit, call 649-5539 before 4 pm Monday–Friday, or Petrotrin’s switchboard at 658-4200.