manzanilla beach, trinidad

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

looking north, where we came from

I found another place that doesn’t seem to have much of a wikipedia entry! Manzanilla Beach is on the east coast of Trinidad, facing the Atlantic Ocean. This one is a bit of a drive to get to, and we drove through some pretty horrible weather to get there. At some points it didn’t seem like we would make it out of the endless construction stops and insane detours, but I was determined to get to this place that existed vaguely in my memory. It’s pretty grey and gloomy each time I’ve been there, which I think now brings the total of times to 2 over a span of 19 or 21ish years. Nothing seems to have changed save a very odd looking resort, but it’s in relative isolation.
Most of the land on the east coast of Trinidad seems to have been spared from the rampant growth of the country, which appears to be centered around urban areas. If the roads to the east coast of the country were a bit more, lets say – direct, I could see this area taking off in the sunny season. However, we were there in the storm season, and the place looked it.

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

The sun is behind one of these trees…

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

Dad trying to figure out what lens I was using

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

A nice beach in not as nice conditions

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

These smallish dogs, they hang out and never bark. These ones followed me around for a while as I wandered and took photos.

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

Yup, this is how I remember it. Vast, grey, nothing around but palm trees and the foreboding Atlantic.

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

This couple wanted to talk to me so I talked to them for a while. They were very nice and wanted to know all about Canada and that kind of thing. Cool folks.

Manzanilla Beach, Trinidad

looking south, where we were about to go next

We saw a total of about 9 people there while we had a picnic and went out on the beach. This total includes 2 security guards in the washroom, where you have to pay a buck to go in. How’s that for making jobs? Egads.
If you google this place, you’ll find a bunch of resort stuff. I’m not sure where they got the photos from, however I’m sure it’s possible that it looks like that sometimes. However, each time I’ve been there, the water is very muddy from the local river – that might just be a seasonal thing. I’m not sure. Regardless, the area is a rather raw and unspoiled part of Trinidad definitely worth checking out.

las cuevas, trinidad

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

on de beach

Las Cuevas has no wikipedia entry and as such qualifies for some sort of dedicated and detailed entry here. It’s a bit beyond Maracas Beach on the road, maybe 20 minutes or so of driving. It’s not a tourist beach like Maracas, this beach is mostly Trinis (locals.) There’s one shop to buy drinks – but it’s weird – you can buy beer, but not juice or water. So the locals like to “lime” here, which means to to “hang out,” or to “chill,” in Canadian.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

various Trinis doing Trini tings (things)

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

The waves are far smaller at this beach – 3 feet tops, and very sandy beach, so walking with a camera in hand is not a big deal.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

not much fishing going on, it was time to lime

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

this mound of grass reminded me of a very old game named Drol where you had to occasionally escape these weird moving grass mounds which chased you around in the higher levels.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

fresh coconuts

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

these d00ds really wanted their photo taken

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

some sort of fish that had decided to sleep too long on the beach

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

sand dollar

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

danger

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

the edge of the land looked like this

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

vultures – there are more of them in the distance. a lot of them.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

it was rainy season in Trinidad while we were there, so the rain came down for 5 minutes and created cool patterns in the sand.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

Las Cuevas means “the caves” in Spanish. I looked in a cave and this dog was hanging out in it, not really interested in moving or saying hello.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

inside another cave.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

Trinis are very friendly and conversational. This one talked to me for a while before rejoining some friends for some soccer.

Las Cuevas, Trinidad

clever movement of the “n”

AFK – Sunset Sessions: August 2010

This edition of Sunset Sessions was mixed in the settings of two planes, three countries, two hemispheres, and varying times of day and night. I started on it on a midnight flight to Houston, flying over lightning storms, clouds flashing silently, and otherwise illuminated by the moon. I picked it back up in Trinidad for a couple evenings, and then spent an evening in Toronto refining it. Finally I returned to Victoria and reworked it until I came up with this mix, which I think you’ll find is a pretty special one now.

The photograph was taken a few weeks ago in San Juan, Trinidad. I ought to mention that my latest remix – of Kenneth Thomas – is a third of the way into the session. This mix went through many iterations and contains a lot of hard work by a lot of very talented artists. If you enjoy this, I encourage you to find and follow them. As always, I have provided the means to do so below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Spooky – What Are We Waiting For (Dub mix) [Stella Polaris Music]
  2. Tone Depth – Rumblefish (Ambient mix) [Bedrock Records]
  3. The Emissary – Synapse (Fretwell remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
  4. Kenneth Thomas – Gunnin’ (AFK remix) [Morphosis Recordings]
  5. Faskil – Blow Up (Original mix) [Silk Digital Records]
  6. Solarity – Essence (Claes Rosen remix) [Silk Digital Records]
  7. Way Out West – Surrender (Eelke Kleijn remix) [Hope Recordings]
  8. Ivan Nikusev and Wave-E – One Day Before (Dynamic Illusion remix) [Mistiquemusic]
  9. Que and Alex Monakhov – Hola (Proff remix) [Anjunadeep]
  10. Max Graham – Dusky 2010 (Does She Know Yet) [Armada Music]
  11. Oceanlab – I Am What I Am (Lange remix) [Ultra]
Download:AFK – Sunset Sessions: August 2010 (mp3)

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Maracas Beach, Trinidad

Maracas Beach, Trinidad

The day started very grey. Pretty much every day started grey – it’s rainy season in Trinidad right now. BC could use some of this at the moment. I don’t recall a day where I was encouraged to trek there, but with only 10 days available to me, I had to go regardless of weather.

Maracas Beach, Trinidad

The drive to Maracas Beach is on a pretty windy and crazy road. If you’ve ever driven from Victoria to Tofino, then you’ll understand what this road is like. The dips, curves, quality and width of the road is quite similar. This is a peek at one of the lookouts along the way. Since I was driving, my shots are somewhat sparse.

Maracas Beach, Trinidad

The beach. Calm day – waves were not very big, but they picked up later. And of course I put the camera down and did some body-surfing. No boogie boards this time around.

Maracas Beach, Trinidad

The beach is a bit of a tourist destination, so there are lots of lifeguards on duty and little restaurants further in-land, across the road.

Maracas Beach, Trinidad

little tree. I made this into a “graphic” over on the Smallbox blog.

Some notes about Maracas Beach:

  • I’ve been there a lot
  • It’s friggin’ awesome
  • I think I want to go there more often and more than anyone else
  • Even with sub-par weather, Maracas is still awesome because you get the wicked sand beach to yourself
  • They sell “Bake and Shark” sandwiches, which are what you think they are
  • I did not have a shark sandwich because I’ve seen Sharkwater
  • Sometimes the waves are 10-12 feet high
  • Tall waves are fun and dangerous!
  • Bodysurfing on 6-7 foot tall waves is fairly predictable and fun
  • Sunscreen is your friend, even on cloudy days
  • Riptides can be very strong at Maracas – we were warned on this day to not go in past our waist – previously we were up to our shoulders
  • I narrowly avoided eating a bucket of sand by putting my palms down, much like a pushup, while a rowdy wave slammed me down
  • I was impressed with myself for avoiding injury with some old beach instincts
  • I imagine that this sense self-impressing is what it must feel like to be Kanye West
  • I would like to return to Maracas very soon