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

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