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 near the heart of the island of Tobago, 1.3 miles north of Black Rock, Great Courland Bay is on the West edge of the island, You might want even if you are not staying in the vicinity. One beach that tends to attract a broad range of travelers is Great Courland Bay, which is generally active and popular, but rarely crowded. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but also want to be able to claim a spot without any trouble, this beach offers a nice middle ground.

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. 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, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer 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. Sometimes, visitors will be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Great Courland Bay does have public restrooms for your convenience. 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


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Tobago. It's located near Fort Bennett, which is one of the favorite local destinations.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more 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
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 close to Scarborough, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Scarborough is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Scarborough is a quick trip away, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not typically that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you and your party are wanting to get a place that's on or near the water, the table below shows the accommodation options closest to Great Courland Bay.

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 you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Pavilion Restaurant. The restaurant features International food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Great Courland Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pavilion Restaurant (868) 639-0361 International Informal 0.9 mi. SSW
Neptune Restaurant (868) 639-0191 Caribbean, International Informal 1.3 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
El Pescador (868) 631-1266 Creole Very Casual 3.3 mi. SW
Teaside Pizza Restaurant (868) 639-8437 Italian Very Casual -- --
Garden Grille (868) 639-7842 Caribbean, International Informal 3.6 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Great Courland Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng on Tobago.

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

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Great Courland Bay could end up a family favorite.


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