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.

Situated 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 consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. While Great Courland Bay is not the most secluded beach on Trinidad and Tobago, it offers just the right amount of privacy and atmosphere to attract beachgoers.

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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Great Courland Bay. Trinidad and Tobago has a wide assortment of dining options, but not all your meals have to be in a sit-down restaurant. Many visitors like having lunch very close-by. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

You will be able to use a public restroom 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


Positioned on the West coast of Tobago; this area boasts other attractions such as Fort Bennett, which is one of the closest attractions.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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
Fort King George Historical Site 4.5 SE Tobago
Tobago Plantations Golf Course Golf Course 4.5 S Tobago
Fort George Lighthouse 4.5 SE Tobago

Cities and Towns

Great Courland Bay is near Scarborough, so walking the city is a definite option. Not far away you'll find Scarborough, a city which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Scarborough isn't far off, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking for a place to stay near the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Great Courland Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cocrico Inn 0.2 mi. NNW Hotel
Starfish Tobago 0.3 mi. S Resort
Birdie's Nest 0.9 mi. SSW Villa complex
Villas At Stonehaven 0.9 mi. SSW Villa complex
Grafton Beach Resort 1.3 mi. SSW Resort
Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort 1.3 mi. SSW Resort
Plantation Beach Villas 1.4 mi. SSW Villa complex
Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club 2.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Footprints Eco Resort 2.6 mi. NE Lodge
Fish Tobago Guest House 3.0 mi. SW Guest house


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Pavilion Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious International food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Great Courland Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pavilion Restaurant (868) 639-0361 International Informal 0.9 mi. SSW
Seahorse Inn (868) 639-0686 Creole 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
Fish Pot (868) 635-1728 -- -- 1.6 mi. SW
Papillon Chinese Restaurant (868) 631-1353 Chinese -- 3.1 mi. SSW
La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant (868) 639-0940 Italian -- 3.3 mi. SW
B'S Ice Cream Tobago (868) 660-2227 Eclectic -- 3.6 mi. SE
Blue Crab Restaurant & Bar (868) 639-2737 -- -- 3.6 mi. SE
KFC Scarborough (868) 639-2374 American Very Casual 3.6 mi. SE
Shore Things Café & Craft (868) 635-1072 International Very Casual 4.0 mi. SSE
Blue Haven Hotel Restaurant (868) 660-7400 Eclectic Informal 4.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

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

You may also enjoy Turtle Beach, located a quarter mile to the south.

Of course, Trinidad and Tobago has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but visiting Great Courland Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time on Trinidad and Tobago even more memorable.


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