Back Bay

Located between Mount Irvine and Grafton, Back Bay is as secluded as they come on the island of Tobago. A hike is required to access the beach, but many avid body surfers find that it is worth the trip.

Located near the middle of the island of Tobago, 0.4 miles north of Mt. Irvine, Back Bay is on the West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Back Bay is one part of Trinidad and Tobago's coast which rarely gets too crowded, even though its not far from some of Trinidad and Tobago's best hotspots.

How to Access The Beach
To get to Back Bay, visitors must park along Shirvan Road, pass by an abandoned estate property, and hike a cliff side trail.

Amenities and Ambiance

Back Bay is set below a cliff of rugged rocks. The sand is a deep tan, almost brown color, and the waters are cloudy and nearly green. High tide brings broken shells to the shore, making the beach especially good for beach combing and walking.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Remember to take into account that Back Bay is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Tobago; the area hosts attractions such as Mt. Irvine Golf Course, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Fort Bennett are a nice compliment to the scenery of Back Bay, and allow visitors to learn more about Trinidad and Tobago, without having to venture too far from the coast.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Back Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mt. Irvine Golf Course Golf Course 0.7 mi. S Tobago
Fort Bennett Historical Site 1.1 mi. NE Tobago
Crystal Palace Gambling Site 2.9 mi. SSW Tobago
Tobago Plantations Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. SSE Tobago
Jade Monkey Casino & Bar Gambling Arcade 3.4 mi. SW Tobago
D’Art Yard Art Gallery 3.8 mi. SW Tobago
Sugar Mill Course Golf Course 3.8 mi. SSE Tobago
Royalton Casino Casino 4.2 mi. SW Tobago
Crown Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.6 mi. SW Tobago
National Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery 4.8 mi. E Tobago
Fort King George Historical Site 4.8 mi. E Tobago
Fort George Lighthouse 4.8 mi. E Tobago

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Scarborough, a town which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Scarborough is a quick trip away, about four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Travelers hoping to find a place to stay not far from Back Bay shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from nearby. Find the closest, most convenient booking options by looking over what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Back Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club 0.4 mi. S Hotel
Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort 0.8 mi. NE Resort
Grafton Beach Resort 0.8 mi. NE Resort
Tobago Island Suites 1.0 mi. S Hotel
Old Grange Inn 1.0 mi. S Hotel
Mirage Tobago 1.3 mi. NE Hotel
Rex Resorts Turtle Beach 1.8 mi. NE Resort
Cocrico Inn 2.2 mi. NE Hotel
CHIC Hotel 3.3 mi. SW Hotel
Magdalena Grand Beach Resort 3.5 mi. SSE Resort


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Buccanneer Beach Bar & Grill. The restaurant has a menu featuring American cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Back Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Buccanneer Beach Bar & Grill (868) 639-0191 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
Caribbean Bistro (868) 639-9667 Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. NE
The Pinnacle (868) 639-9667 International Informal 0.8 mi. NE
Fish Pot (868) 635-1728 -- -- -- --
Seahorse Inn (868) 639-0686 Creole Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
Ocean View Restaurant (868) 639-0191 Caribbean, International Informal 0.8 mi. NE
Papillon Chinese Restaurant (868) 631-1353 Chinese -- 1.0 mi. S
Pavilion Restaurant (868) 639-0361 International Informal 1.2 mi. NE
La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant (868) 639-0940 Italian -- 1.2 mi. SW
Teaside Pizza Restaurant (868) 639-8437 Italian Very Casual -- --
Shirvan Watermill (868) 639-0000 -- -- -- --
Surf n' Turk Restaurant -- Asian Fusion Very Casual 3.1 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Tobago, so Back Bay is just one of your options.

Vacationers may also want to visit Stone Haven Bay, which is located within a couple of miles. Stonehaven Bay on the west coast of Tobago, welcomes guests with warm golden sands and cool waters that are perfect for swimming. It is occassionally possible to see a turtle laying its eggs in the sand as well.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand on Trinidad and Tobago, but Back Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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