Pigeon Point

Photo credit: © Olaf Gehrmann
 

On the northwestern coast of the little island of Tobago lies Pigeon Point's sweeping beach. The beach is a favorite among the islanders for spending a day lounging on the shore under the coconut palms, and can often get crowded.

Situated on the western side of the island of Tobago, near Crown Point, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Pigeon Point stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches on Trinidad and Tobago may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more crowded because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

How to Access The Beach
Visitors can travel along Pigeon Point Road to get to the beach, then park outside the old coconut estate, where they will pay a small fee to gain access.

Amenities and Ambiance

The long coral beach and crystal clear waters are perfect for picking out marine life in the water and snorkeling is very popular, especially to the nearby Buccoo Reef. Glass bottom boats are available for hire and will take you out on the waves and still keep you dry. The boats take off from the Pigeon Point Jetty which features a thatched roof that has become somewhat of an icon.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and Trinidad and Tobago is no different. One of the best places to enjoy the local fare is right next to the coast. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Trinidad and Tobago's famous street food along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, so your food won't get sandy.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. Pigeon Point is the most popular beach for locals and tourists to spend the day at; thus, it is often littered with people especially during the weekends.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the West coast of Tobago. It is close to D’Art Yard, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you're intrigued by Trinidad and Tobago's history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Fort Bennett, which is one of the closest locations with historical significance to Pigeon Point.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Pigeon Point
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
D’Art Yard Art Gallery 0.9 mi. S Tobago
Jade Monkey Casino & Bar Gambling Arcade 1.2 mi. SE Tobago
Royalton Casino Casino 1.2 mi. S Tobago
Crown Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.6 mi. S Tobago
Crystal Palace Gambling Site 2.1 mi. ESE Tobago
Mt. Irvine Golf Course Golf Course 3.1 mi. ENE Tobago
Tobago Plantations Golf Course Golf Course 4.3 mi. E Tobago
Fort Bennett Historical Site 4.4 mi. NE Tobago
Sugar Mill Course Golf Course 4.7 mi. ESE Tobago
National Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery 7.6 mi. E Tobago
Fort King George Historical Site 7.6 mi. E Tobago
Fort George Lighthouse 7.6 mi. E Tobago

Cities and Towns

Pigeon Point is close to Scarborough, so walking the city is a definite option. The city of Scarborough is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Pigeon Point, Scarborough is a car ride off, about seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests looking for a room near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to pick from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest hotel booking options by perusing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Pigeon Point
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Conrado Beach Resort 0.5 mi. S Hotel
Coco Reef Resort and Spa 1.0 mi. S Resort
CHIC Hotel 1.1 mi. SE Hotel
Crown Point Beach Hotel 1.2 mi. S Hotel
Toucan Inn 1.3 mi. SSE Hotel
Kariwak Village Hotel 1.3 mi. S Hotel
Hotel Tropikist Beach 1.3 mi. S Hotel
Sandy Point Village 1.3 mi. S Hotel
Humming Bird Hotel 1.5 mi. SE Hotel
Tobago Island Suites 2.8 mi. E Hotel

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Pigeon Point; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Calypso Reef Restaurant At Conrado’s. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. They are also famous for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Pigeon Point
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Calypso Reef Restaurant At Conrado’s (868) 639-0145 ext. 6 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Pasta Gallery (868) 727-8200 Italian Informal 0.9 mi. S
La Cantina Authentic Italian Pizzeria (868) 639-8242 Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
Fortune Chinese Restaurant (868) 639-8818 Chinese -- 1.0 mi. SE
Tempo Restaurant & Pub (868) 631-8961 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SE
Jade Monkey Casino Bar & Grill (868) 631-0044 American Very Casual 1.2 mi. SE
Kariwak Village (Restaurant) (868) 639-8442 Caribbean, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Cafe Coco (868) 639-0996 -- -- -- --
Cafe Iguana (868) 631-8205 -- -- -- --
Chef's BBQ (868) 631-3000 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Ice Cream Plus (868) 639-0045 -- -- -- --
John Grant's Golden Star Restaurant (868) 639-0873 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Pigeon Point isn't the only beach worth checking out on Tobago.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Store Bay, found within a mile or so. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Crown Point may be just what you're looking for. It's found a mile and a half to the south.

Another option worth considering is Sandy Point Beach, located only a short distance away.

Perhaps Pigeon Point is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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