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.

Positioned on the island of Tobago, 1.3 miles north of Black Rock, Great Courland Bay is on the West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Perhaps Great Courland Bay is a favorite among travelers because it's a beach which rarely gets too crowded, even though its not far from some of Trinidad and Tobago's best hotspots.

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, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Trinidad and Tobago, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Many vacationers simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Great Courland Bay is the ultimate convenience. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

For your convenience, restrooms are available 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


You'll find this beach on the West coast of Tobago. It's located near Fort Bennett, which is one of the area's attractions.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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

Great Courland Bay is in the Scarborough area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Scarborough, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Great Courland Bay, Scarborough is a quick trip away, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those hoping to find a hotel room not far from Great Courland Bay shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from in the immediate vicinity. Find the closest booking 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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Pavilion Restaurant. This restaurant serves International cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach on Tobago will have lots of options besides Great Courland Bay.

Vacationers may also want to visit Turtle Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, Trinidad and Tobago has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Great Courland Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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