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 on the island of Tobago, 0.4 miles north of Mt. Irvine, Back Bay is on the West coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Although there are certainly more secluded beaches on Trinidad and Tobago than Back Bay, it offers just enough privacy to attract vacationers.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Bear in mind that Back Bay is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach 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 lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Fort Bennett, which is one of the closest interesting historical sites near Back Bay.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

The town of Scarborough is close-by and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Scarborough is just up the road, about four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is located in a relatively popular vacation destination, it usually isn't very difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations 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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Buccanneer Beach Bar & Grill is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant features American cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is 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 more fantastic beaches besides Back Bay on Tobago.

Travelers may also want to consider Stone Haven Bay, located within a short distance. 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.

Trinidad and Tobago has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Back Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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