continues to a good beach and Galera Point , the island's extreme
eastern tip. Adjacent to the lighthouse is a windblown, rocky bluff,
known as Fishing Rock, an atmospheric place where the Caribbean Sea and
Atlantic collide in a swirl of aquamarine and shimmering slate froth.
Standing on the rock you feel as if you are on the edge of the world"
Rough Guide 1999
|No Port for Now:
The sleepy fishing and farming community of Toco is the largest on the
North coast and the logical point for a major port. The port besides
serving nearby Tobago, which can be seen a mere 20 km away it could also
handle oil tanker traffic and cruise ship tourists. The idea is not
popular with the locals and is not moving forward. However, real estate
prices are moving up and the new buyers are not as interested in
preserving the isolation from the frantic pace of the outside world.
Rio Seco Waterfall:
situated in the Salybia/Matura area - Crown Trace
Annual Oshun_Festival_at Salybia on triniview.com/album
WHEN: Late August
Oshun is known as the
Yoruban Orisha (deity) of the sweet or fresh waters (as opposed to the
salt waters of Yemaya). Oshun, Oschun) in Yoruba mythology, is a
spirit-goddess (Orisha) who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth
and diplomacy. She is worshipped also in Brazilian Candomblé Ketu,
with the name spelled Oxum.
Oshun is beneficent and generous, and very kind. She does, however, have
a horrific temper, though it is difficult to anger her. She is married
to Shàngó, the sky god, and is his favorite wife because of her
excellent cooking skills. Oshun is the mediator between the
divine/natural world and the world of people
International Adventure Festival
WHERE: Sans Souci Beach
nesting season runs roughly from March to August.
Two Large Lots Of Prime Land With Seaview On North Coast - These
two properties are located on Khan Ave in Guyma, a very picturesque area
of Toco. They are less than 5 minutes walk to the beach. Neighboring attractions are the Balandra Beach and the Rampanalgas
Waterfall which is 15 minutes away. The other popular beaches are Sally
Bay in Toco and Salybia. Other activities in the area are hiking to the
sulphur spring in Salybia, fishing at Galera Point, river limes at Shark
River and Grande Riviere and drives through the villages of the north
coast nestled in luxuriant tropical rainforest. $110,000
Luxury 3 Bedroom Beach Front Property You Can Afford! -
Rampanalgas is located 8 miles before Toco in the north eastern area of
Trinidad. This area is blessed with many lovely beaches, rivers,
waterfalls, and protected rain forest. The property is located on 6260
square feet of freehold land with sea ...$550,000
|Beautiful lot of land located in L'Anse Noire with breathtaking and
uninterrupted views. located across the road from the sea and priced at
US$80,000. Road Access
and all utilities in place.
Radio Toco 106.7FM
The North Coast
in rare perfection allows you to explore the depths of the rainforest, relax on
one of the beautiful un-spoilt
Feel close to the
creation of the world
take a swim in breathtaking waterfalls or rivers. The Northern Range boasts of
exceptional flora and fauna with no equivalent in any neighboring Caribbean
island (2300 varieties of flowers, 433 species of birds and 620 species of
|Route Taxis: Run from Sande Grande to Toco Turn around at Toco
Places To Stay:
|As you travel the coast you will notice many signs
offering rooms for rent in homes or well-located but poorly marketed
cabins. Prices and conditions range considerably.
[Average price*: USD$132] 209`Paria Main Road, | Grande Rivière,, Toco,
#1 of 44 hotels in
this place will steal your heart! Will make you want to stay
there forever!Beautiful! More stylish and elegant than
anything else in T&T, while wonderfully understated and
Quiet!!! If most tourist places advertise themselves as
"paradise beach" "paradise retreat" - this one should call
itself "metaphysical", if only this wasn't too pompous!"
Member from Warsaw, Poland
Le Grande Almandier House 670-2294 * Toco 10 creatively decorated rooms
classic tropical beachfront popular open-air
restaurant and bar attract both locals and visitors. set around a
Set on a nine-acre working farm that is worth a tour in itself, visitors
will find a modern 10-bedroom facility, each room with private bath,
mtplaisir.com/ Mount Plaisir
Estate Hotel and Spa, Grande Riviere, Trinidad * Rooms: 10
Average price*: $89
love and respect nature and everything we do is to remind you why it
is so important to save our Mother Earth."
Salybia Nature Resort
Mile Post, Toco Main Road Salybia Village Matura 28 rooms
A resort getaway nestled along Trinidad’s North East coast offering
conference, leisure and spa facilities. Other facilities include airport
transfers, business cntree, meeting and banquet facilities,
complimentary coffee/tea, beach facilities, television in room, radio in
room, cable TV and gym facilities
Esterel Cumana, Toco, Trinidad - (868) 670-4767
Bay: Great for a picnic and a refreshing dip in the sea.
Balandra Bay: A narrow stretch of land shelters Balandra Bay, making it
good for swimming Body-surfing is enjoyed at the rougher end of the bay.
A little difficult to find but the beach makes the journey
The wide beach with moderate waves is very popular on weekends, many locals have holiday homes in the area, some of
which can be rented. The pretty fishing village offers minimal facilities for
will take you past
although it is on the outskirts of Rampanalgas, acts as the town center since it is also the
post office, a deli with crab cakes and bar with pool table.
Following the Toco Road
is up a dirt road just past the sign
announcing the Rampanalgas. The path has been landscaped somewhat by the locals and there's
two levels to the modest cascade with a nice pool for swimming and jumping at the
base of the falls.
Another 3km on the Toco Road gets you to this jut in the landscape which affords
a spectacular views of the long palm fringed southern beaches
This is the location of the last gas station as well as the end of the good
highway as you near Tocl and will begin heaing West till the road deadends.
One of the most dramatic spots in Trinidad: an old lighthouse overlooks the
point where the murky Atlantic meets the turquoise clearCari bbean waters, waves crashing on the rocks
at the most Eastern spot on the island. The lighthouse, built in 1897, is
sometimes open to visitors where a climb to the top is rewarded with the view of
Tobago and the inland coconut estates. One lighthouse keeper is convinced ghosts
that inhabit the eerie spot. Below the spray is Fishing Rock where
the waves crash ltravels far up the cliffs spouting through a blow hole with a
nearby Salybia beach is a popular and safe bathing spot and favored
resting point for those driving up to Toco. Facilities include changing rooms
enjoys a reputation as Trinidad's leading surf area with many beaches
favored by surfers.
This is the main population center. Many folks live in
charming if dilapidated,
houses. Meanwhile there is some impressive new construction spouting up here and
Toco Folk Museum: Run by school teachers and
open during school hours till 3:30pm. One of its best features is the
knowledgeable folks who answer questions. The museum permanent collection
features a broad assortment of items from Amerindian artifacts to local insects,
shells and rare Calypso recordings.
At the Toco Composite School
town of Toco, the main access road becomes
Paria Main Road,
memorable not just for the wild and rugged coastal scenery but also because the
runs perilously close to the eroding cliffs. This is a remarkable coastline for
a Caribbean island and speaks to the island being an extension of the Venezuelas
Long, scenic bay, often windswept with surging breakers but
you may well find it a placid beach with shallows and nice shade. Like many of
the beaches on the northeast coast, this one is packed with people and music
trucks blaring soca and reggae on weekends along with plenty of vendors.
GETTING THERE: Just after the town of Toco. Off Toco Main Rd.
Sans Souci Bay: A slightly sloping bay with often-choppy
waves. Popular with surfers in the winter and venue for surf
competitions. Sans Souci is a relatively safe beach with
two restaurants on the nearby road. The most popular beach is known as Big Bay.
Coming out of the valley of Sans Souci (“without problems in French”), the
narrow winding road twist and bends down the hills from the tiny inland villages
of Monte Video and L'Anse Noire before
opening unto the bridge across the majestic fast-flowing Grande Rivière river whose banks are
decorated with foliage of forests and fruit trees, large heliconias and drooping
"Grande Riviere may be small but it has the best hotel in Trinidad. Mount
Plaisir Estate "
Grand Riviere's eastern beach is well known among surfers
This small fishing
community boasts a laid-back life enjoying
views from their narrow hilly streets. The cocoa
growing industry, stretching back more than 100 years, was once the main
industry but more important these days, is that Grand
Rivière has become the center of the highly touted visitor industry of the
Local fishermen are happy to take you along in the traditional boat of the
region, the pirogue, so you can try your skills against theirs. The sea also
offers good surfing while hikers can trek up to Paria or Madamas Falls .
It does not take a tour guide to walk up the rivers to refreshing pools and lush
greenery. The Grande Riviere Nature Guide
Association and the Tourism Development
Organization have recently built an information center on the
beachfront where you can arrange a more ambitious and informative tour.
Except during the peak turtle-breeding season.
Paria Main Road crosses many rivers
and the most popular and largest for campers is Shark River. Good
swimming is found in pools near where the water meets the Caribbean Sea and
there are plenty more further upstream.
last beach along the North-East coast stretch. There is a village centre with a
small Catholic church but nary a restaurant to be found. The Matelot Waterfall
is a full half-day’s hike along the Matelot River which is the most
popular place for swimming as it approaches the sandy beach. The Paria
Waterfall is also
accessible from this direction, look for the TIDCO sign pointing to the
Madamas River Walk. It's 19km of wild coast to where the road begins again
at Blanchisseuse on the other side of the Mariane River. A guide
is advised for this walk and they are plentiful.
|There are three less than full
day rivers that make a good Kayak trips
I. the Tompei River on the outskirts of Cumana Village in
From the bridge put in the river
flows through partially cultivated land and then on to a mangrove area
before finally entering the sea.
This is a relatively short kayak trip that can be started from the
bridge on the Toco Main Road that spans the river and goes down stream.
Kayaking is not allowed upstream of the bridge as there is a water
intake facility on the up stream side, which supplies the surrounding
areas with drinking water.
II.Kayak the Rio Seco
This kayak trip begins at the
mouth of the river in Sally Bay (Saline Bay) just off the Toco Main
Road. As with other rivers in Trinidad, the kayaking is best at the end
of the rainy season when the water levels are still high. Within a few
minutes of the leaving the river mouth you are enveloped in the
stillness of nature with the only sounds being the rustle of animals in
the undergrowth and the whistling of the birds.
Further along this river is the
Rio Seco Waterfall, however the several narrow rock pools make for a
more challenging portage scenario than most are willing.
III. Sally Bay River
empties into the sea at Balandra Bay and offers a relatively
short kayak trip through mangrove and hardwood forest. The upper portion
of the river has boulders that require frequent portaging. This kayak
trip can be combined with kayaking on the Rio Seco River or Tompei River
to create a full day
North East Coast Tour overnight Grande Riviere by
caribbeandiscoverytours.com (and Turtle watch - seasonal)
9b, Fondes Amandes Rd. FONDES AMANDES HOUSE,
St. Ann's, Trinidad and Tobago.Tel: 868-624-7281Fax: 868-624-8596
Returning to Trinidad, we arrive at the
Salybia Nature Resort. In this lush tropical landscape bordered by
the ocean, we may spy white hawks, parrots, and countless hummingbirds
or hear the unforgettable roars of howler monkeys. After breakfast we
set off for a full day of outstanding birding at nearby Mount St.
Benedict, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the Caribbean. If
conditions are right, an evening tour to Matura Bay offers us the
extraordinary opportunity to view rare leather-back turtles returning to
the beaches to lay their eggs. Our next day will be spent at the Asa
Wright Nature Center, a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary surrounded by lush