Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Trini Tuesday on Wednesday-Maracas Bay

Since I got so many fine suggestions for beaches from you all, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Trini beaches.


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Maracas Bay is on the north coast if Trinidad. Along the north coast is a low mountain range that extends the length of the coast. The highest concentration of the population lives on the southern side of the range so accessing Maracas Bay requires a long ride over the mountains.

While it's a long trip it's well worth it. The road itself winds through the mountains and gives many gorgeous views. You leave the hustle and bustle of the East/West corridor and find yourself in the rural villages of the mountains. Here and there as you make some sharp turns you find a tiny, lone house nestled in among the hills and thick greenery. There is a spring along the road that is a common stopping point for a rest and refreshing wash down or drink. At the last crest, just before you descend to the bay, just about where the above picture was taken is a large parking area and scenic overlook. Years ago there were just a couple food vendors and a lone calypsonian who, for whatever tip you would give him, would make up a song about each member of your carload. The last time I went there were tons more vendors but the same calypsonian was there.

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The beach itself is wide and flat. There is ample space in the sun or in the shade of a palm tree. At the back of the beach there used to be rustic thatched roof huts selling a special treat, shark and bake. The huts have been replaced with more permanent buildings but the shark and bake was every bit as tasty the last time I was there. For very little money you can have fresh shark meat on a sandwich made of fried bake (deep fried bread). Add some fresh hot pepper sauce and you've got a good bellyful of some fine Trini beach food. I don't know if it is still permitted or not but years ago, locals would also walk the beach selling coconuts or fresh fruit as well.
s&b

The scenery is beautiful, and the water is clear and warm. But beware of the currents we were always told. Most of the times we went it seemed mild and we thought perhaps the locals were over-reacting. But one time we did experience the strong, dangerous rips. We were mindful, but it was so hard to believe it was the same beach.

Maracas holds special memories because it's the place each of my girls had her first 'sea bath.' Diana couldn't wait to get into all that wet and loved every minute of it. Well, until she caught a bit of a faceful. but she soon recovered.
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Calypso was much less enthusiastic. She pretty much just tolerated, well, cried through the 30 second dip. She grew into a beach girl a bit later in life. She enjoyed her second visit when she was 2. Her first dip in the ocean was still in Trini water though.
cmaracas
Happy Trini Wednesday!

25 comments:

barefoot_mistress said...

Wow that does look like an awesome beach! And woo hoo pics of young Lime in her swimmys!

lecram sinun said...

I so miss the warm sea.

Charles said...

Wow, I feel as though I am actually there... fantastic pictures!

James Goodman said...

Oh, I would so rather be there right now...

Fred said...

Gorgeous beach. Suddenly, I feel the urge to get on a plane.

M said...

Wow! I think I am the third person to use that word so far, but it fits.
Let's all run away to Trini (-:

Jodes said...

wow, look at that long braid...do you miss it?

snavy said...

Great pictures - the first one is just stunning and the girls are sooooo adorable!!!

I think I could handle that beach - happily!!

I'd really like to know what shark tastes like. Is it anything like swordfish?

steve said...

OMG that first one is beautiful!!

AlRo said...

i wanna go now!

lime said...

susie, skinny lime way back then!

lecram, yeah, the water by you is not so warm at all!

chuck, thanks!

james, you and me both...

fred, have some frequent flyer miles you could send my way?

m, works for me!

jodes, sometimes i do, yes.

snavy, thanks. shark is a very mild, white, flaky fish. quite tasty.

steve, thanks. the picture doesn't even do that spot justice, in truth.

alro, me too:-((

MyUtopia said...

Those pictures are incredible! I would kill to go to the beach!!

Cootera said...

Wow is right. And those are two very lucky little girls. Sigh... I wish I was in water right now.

Solitaire said...

awesome! Very cool stories and memories!

I hope your Wednesday is great!

Amber said...

I love pictures of Babies and water. Ooooh, so cute

Margie Blystone said...

That outcropping of land in the top-most picture reminds me of a human figure lying on it's side against a bed of blue... The left arm is resting behind the head and the right is buried below the covers, caressing what lies beneath.

Simply Beautiful!

Logophile said...

Gorgeous beach
and lots of nice shady spots for me to lounge
I like it.

The Village Idiot said...

Gorgeous Beach and a lime! great post and awesome beach

lime said...

myutopia, don't kill anyone. it could lead to prison.

cootera, they so muxh want to go back

soli, thanks. i hope yours is great too

amber, gimme a big 'aaawwww'

margie, oh yes, i can see it too:)

logo, come on, let's go!

Cosima said...

That's such a beautiful beach...has even palms, wow! And the wild mountains behind it look wonderful, too. Hope they still are/remain unspoiled.

Seamus said...

That beach looks gorgeous! Added to the list of beach maybesomedays! :)

ttfootball said...

ooooooooo!!! How cute is she?!?! So fun taking toddlers/babies to the beach.
I feelin' for a bake an' shark now

Nancy Drew said...

I'm beachsick! Homesick for somewhere I've never been.....

Heather said...

It looks absolutely beautiful and so inviting!!!

Anonymous said...

Super color scheme, I like it! Good job. Go on.
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