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 toward the center of the island of Tobago, 0.4 miles north of Mt. Irvine Bay, Back Bay is on the West coast of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying nearby. Travelers will find that, while Back Bay is by no means quiet and secluded, it's not the busiest of Trinidad and Tobago's beaches either. It's the perfect choice for those of you who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but wish to stay away from the most populated spots.

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, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since Back Bay will be found within a commonly visited area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the West coast of Tobago; it will be near other attractions like Mt. Irvine Golf Course, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're intrigued by Trinidad and Tobago's history, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Fort Bennett, which is one of the closest destinations of historical interest in the neighborhood of Back Bay.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Back Bay, Scarborough is not far away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a relatively popular tourist area, it shouldn't be very tough to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. If you are wanting to find a place that's on or near the water, the table that follows lists the options closest to Back Bay.

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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Buccanneer Beach Bar & Grill. This restaurant serves delicious American cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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
Neptune Restaurant (868) 639-0191 Caribbean, International Informal 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
El Pescador (868) 631-1266 Creole Very Casual 1.3 mi. SW
Teaside Pizza Restaurant (868) 639-8437 Italian Very Casual -- --
Shirvan Watermill (868) 639-0000 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Back Bay.

Vacationers may also want to visit Stone Haven Bay, which is located only a short distance away. 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 visiting Back Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time on Trinidad and Tobago even more memorable.


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