Englishman's Bay

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Called Tobago's jewel, Englishman's Bay is often called the best beach on the island, yet it is not considered to be a well-known beach. The waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling and the virtually-deserted beach is great for bathing in the sun.

Located on the northern coast of the island of Tobago, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches on Trinidad and Tobago. While Englishman's Bay may be a bit off the beaten path, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

Located on the Leeward coast of Tobago, Englishman's Bay can be found between two fishing villages, Castara and Parlatuvier.

Amenities and Ambiance

Set on the edge of the rainforest in a crescent shape, Englishman's Bay is covered with swaying palms and soft white sands. The sands begin as soon as the forestry ends, and is somewhat coarse in nature. The beach's clear blue waters, which are calm year-round, beckon any guest to swim along its shores.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. Englishman's Bay is not well known to tourists on the island and is often relatively deserted, although it has been picking up in the last few years. A small vendor cart sells snacks to guests, but otherwise, the parrots may be your only company.

If you happen to favor beaches which offer an idyllic haven, then you may want to try Englishman's Bay; it is located in a more rural part of the region.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Tobago; it will be near other attractions like Fort King George, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Englishman's Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort King George Historical Site 8.6 SSW Tobago
National Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery 8.6 SSW Tobago
Fort George Lighthouse 8.6 SSW Tobago
Fort Bennett Historical Site 9.6 SW Tobago
Mt. Irvine Golf Course Golf Course 11.1 SW Tobago

Cities and Towns

Englishman's Bay is close to Scarborough, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Scarborough is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Englishman's Bay is not near very many major hotels, but you may meet guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

There is a good selection of hotel and resort options to pick from near Englishman's Bay. The most convenient of which can be viewed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Englishman's Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Naturalist Beach Resort 1.8 W Hotel
Castara Retreats 1.9 WSW Lodge
Cuffie River Retreat 3.6 SW Lodge


While the area surrounding Englishman's Bay isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're prepared to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest restaurants is Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Englishman's Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant (868) 660-0505 Caribbean, Creole 3.6 mi. SW Tobago

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Englishman's Bay.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Plymouth Beach, another area that offers sufficient time for relaxation. More active guests, though, may be interested in Parlatuvier Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a short distance away to the east-northeast.

You might also want to visit Castara Bay, another great beach choice on Trinidad and Tobago.

There are countless experiences to enjoy on Trinidad and Tobago, and paying a visit to Englishman's Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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