Great Courland Bay

Hotels, restaurants, and a marina flank the shores of this very popular area. Swimming and snorkeling, as well as many other watersports, can be enjoyed here. Neighboring Turtle Beach attracts giant leatherback turtles to nest in the area, and guests can often see them during season on Great Courland Bay's beaches.

Located near the heart of the island of Tobago, 1.3 miles north of Black Rock, Great Courland Bay is on the West coast of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may really like the middle ground found at Great Courland Bay. It's a little bit removed from Trinidad and Tobago's urban areas, but it's also not completely secluded.

How to Access The Beach
Visitors heading to Great Courland Bay should follow Plymouth Road to Turtle Beach Resort, behind which they will find access to the bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

Great Cortland Bay has clear blue waters and one of the longest sandy beaches on the island. The sand is white and tan, and the waters are calm, providing guests with the perfect spot for a refreshing dip or maybe even the chance to try out a new watersport.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Great Courland Bay, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are a lot of dining experiences on Trinidad and Tobago that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Trinidad and Tobago's famous street food along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Great Courland Bay. Great Courland Bay is host to a number of hotels, restaurants, shops, and even a marina, drawing a multitude of people - both tourists and locals - to enjoy its shores. The beach sometimes gets rather crowded.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Great Courland Bay on the West coast of Tobago. It is near Fort Bennett, which is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Great Courland Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Bennett Historical Site 1.0 SW Tobago
Mt. Irvine Golf Course Golf Course 2.6 SSW Tobago
National Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery 4.5 SE Tobago
Fort King George Historical Site 4.5 SE Tobago
Tobago Plantations Golf Course Golf Course 4.5 S Tobago

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Scarborough, a town which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Scarborough is just up the road, maybe three and a half miles (six kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Great Courland Bay will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors trying to find a place to stay close to Great Courland Bay shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. You will find the closest lodging options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Great Courland Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cocrico Inn 0.2 mi. NNW Hotel
Rex Resorts Turtle Beach 0.3 mi. S Resort
Mirage Tobago 0.7 mi. SSW Hotel
Grafton Beach Resort 1.3 mi. SSW Resort
Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort 1.3 mi. SSW Resort
Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club 2.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Footprints Eco Resort 2.6 mi. NE Lodge
Tobago Island Suites 3.0 mi. SSW Hotel
Old Grange Inn 3.1 mi. SSW Hotel
Half Moon Blue Hotel 4.8 mi. SE Hotel


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Pavilion Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring International food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Great Courland Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pavilion Restaurant (868) 639-0361 International Informal 0.9 mi. SSW
Ocean View Restaurant (868) 639-0191 Caribbean, International Informal 1.3 mi. SSW
Fish Pot (868) 635-1728 -- -- -- --
Seahorse Inn (868) 639-0686 Creole Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSW
Buccanneer Beach Bar & Grill (868) 639-0191 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSW
Caribbean Bistro (868) 639-9667 Caribbean Informal 1.3 mi. SSW
The Pinnacle (868) 639-9667 International Informal 1.3 mi. SSW
Papillon Chinese Restaurant (868) 631-1353 Chinese -- 3.1 mi. SSW
La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant (868) 639-0940 Italian -- 3.3 mi. SW
Teaside Pizza Restaurant (868) 639-8437 Italian Very Casual -- --
Surf n' Turk Restaurant -- Asian Fusion Very Casual 3.6 mi. SSE
B'S Ice Cream Tobago (868) 660-2227 Eclectic -- 3.6 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Tobago has several beautiful beaches, so if Great Courland Bay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Turtle Beach, located only a short distance away.

While Trinidad and Tobago has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Great Courland Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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