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.

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  1. Great photos Davin. That looks beautiful. The trees look so LUSH.
    Last time I went to Costa Rica I was disappointed by how touristy, dirty, and destroyed it was. Trinidad seems like it is still relatively untouched, or at least this area 🙂

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