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adventure is knocking at your door The club has a bountiful supply of experience and have been to Paria waterfall, Madamas Gorges, Rincon waterfall, Habio waterfall, Mermaid Pools, camping out at Matelot, camping out at Chacachacare,

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The Tunapuna-Piarco Regional Corporation is headquartered in Tunapuna. Other towns include Arouca, Blanchisseuse, Curepe, St. Augustine, Trincity, and Piarco.
Location of San Juan-Laventille
 San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation is a Regional Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a land area of 220.39 km˛. The San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation is headquartered in Aranguez. Other urban areas include Barataria, Laventille, Morvant, St. Joseph and San Juan.
Real Estate
St. Joseph (Maracas)-Road Reserve, Off La Baja Rd. >Sale>House
Bldg Size: 2580 Sq Feet
Land Size: 6012 Sq Feet
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TTPrice: $1,675,000
USPrice: $265,873 Jan-07

 

Northern Coast
 

Bake and Shark

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Bake and Shark is found at beach shacks and street stalls throughout the island. Maracas Beach is famous for its many food booths specializing in the street food delicacy.  Part of its appeal is the variety of go-withs, you can add any of dozens of toppings, such as tamarind sauce,  coleslaw, mango chutney to sliced cucumbers. "Bake" is a catchall term for several types of bread, grilled or fried.

Marianne River & 3 Pools
Trek or kayak along the Marianne river to 3 pools, about an hour up the riverbed. The path includes getting into the river in places which can get up to waist deep. Begin by taking the path to the right of the road just before the bridge ignoring the No Entry sign. you will know when you reach the gorgeous 3 pools. the first is 12m across with a water-slide created by the current running over smooth rock. The 2nd pool is very deep with boulders rising out of it. Here you'll want to enjoy the natural jacuzzi formed by the rushing stream against the rock tub.  The third pool is surrounded by tall cliffs and caves with Avocat Falls above. Download

Birding on  Arima- Blanchisseuse Road.

The road from Asa Wright down to the sea at Blanchisseuse is 19 kilometres of birding, Tanagers and Trogons, Toucans and Manakins, Cuckoos and Jacamars to name just a few. The highest Point of this road where it passes from the leeward to the windward sides is about 2,000 feet above sea level and is know for high elevation birds such as Speckled and Blue Capped Tanagers, and is good for migrant Warblers.[ more at fatbirder]

Paria Waterfall

Past the Arima-Blanchisseuse Road at the 12 1/2 mile-post, eastwards for about four (4) miles (6.4 km), lies Brasso Seco. The Paria-Morne Bleu Road and the Sansi Trace are located along this route. A (60 degree) trail at the 4 3/4 mile-post signals the entrance to the forest. The trail is good and clear with no turnings off, and it winds towards the north. The route takes one past the Jordan River and over a hill. The beach is an hour away. A (2) minute walk leads to a wooden bridge over the Paria River. A five (5) minute walk up the right bank of the river brings one to the spectacular waterfall.

 

The North coast  is visually spectacular.  It is the least varied of the coastlines of Trinidad. It consists mainly of a series of cliffs and headlands interspersed with beaches.

Just two roads cross the hills to the north coast: from Port of Spain to Maracas Bay, and from Arima to Blanchisseuse. A narrow coastal road connects the two.
Leaving Port of Spain:
Begin by circling the Queen's Park Savannah to Saddle Road, in the residential district of Maraval. After a few miles the road begins to narrow and curve sharply as it climbs into the Northern Range and its undulating hills of dense foliage.

Maracas
A scenic 45 minute drive over the mountains from the capital Port of Spain. The beach itself is located in a sheltered bay with a mile of peach coloured sand set against the backdrop of a rainforest covered mountain range. You may also want to take some time to wander over to the fishing village located near the hotel  and watch the daily catch come in.

Maracas Beach is one of the most beautiful, but crowded, beaches on the island of Trinidad. Unlike many of the northern beaches of Trinidad, Maracas Beach is protected by a deep bay and provides some of the best bodysurfing on the island.

 

Places to Stay:  Blanchisseuse
FantaseaResort.com Private beach resort in Blanchisseuse
lagunamar.com/ Laguna Mar Beach Resort 628-3731 * Blanchisseuse
on the outskirts of the village of Blanchisseuse, the property extends from the golden sandy beach of Blanchisseuse Bay up into the rain forest of the Northern Range. There is also a 3-bdrm villa to rent.
Northern Sea View Villa North Coast rd & Wilson /Trace 669-3995 [4 units] Opposite Marianne Beach 2 bedroom apartments
Surf's Country Inn North Coast Road 669-2475 [4 rooms] Overhanding the surfer's beach with a restaurant
Second Spring on the Sea  669-3909
[4  apartments] set in a beautiful tropical estate, on a point overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Each apartment is decorated in local style are equipped with a kitchenette.  The rooms have their own terrace overlooking a view of the ocean.
Camping on the banks of the Marianne River
There is a private land owner who allows camping on his property for a small daily fee. Potable drinking water is available
Places To Stay: Maracas
 maracasbay.com/ Maracas Bay Hotel 669-1643 * Maracas Bay 32 room hotel located right on Trinidad's most beautiful and popular beach. Get the bat update at
Trinidad Maracas Bay Hotel Limited Maracas Bay, Maracas, Trinidad - (868) 669-1914

Tyrico
Just east of Maracas Bay is Tyrico Bay with a beach about 900 m long and fine grayish brown sand. Like Maracas it offers good sea and sun bathing with waves reaching to .80m. It is also popular for overnight camping and is just 45 minutes away from Port of Spain. A life guard service is provided from 11 am to 5 pm daily. Portable toilets, a parking area and a well maintained beach add to the comfort of visitors to Tyrico Beach.

Fort Abercromby: Just east of Maracas Bay, this fort's lookout is known for a tree that grows horizontally rather than vertically.

Las Cuevas 
Las Cuevas Bay is less crowed with full facilities with smaller waves for easier swimming. The water is clear and provides
Download excellent swimming with waves reaching to .82m.The name "Las Cuevas" is derived from the Spanish word for caves and there are many caves to be discovered inland.  The service facilities located at the top of the cliffs,  include a snack bar, car park, tables, benches, changing rooms with showers and toilets. Lifeguard services are provided between 10am-6pm

Approximately 8 km east of Tyrico or about 1 hour drive from Port of Spain.

Blanchisseuse
Blanchisseuse Bay. This beach is about 14 mi (23 km) after Maracas; just keep driving along the road until you pass the Arima turnoff. Narrow, palm-fringed beach with few facilities but plenty of allure. The coastal and rain-forest views here are spectacular. In the small town is an old English style church perched on a point overlooking the bay with a few fishing pirogues
Particularly fun is the lagoon and river at the east end of the beach allowing you to swim in fresh water. Local fishermen may offer to take you out in their boats to further explore the undeveloped coastline.
Getting There: North Coast Rd., just beyond Arima turnoff

Beyond Blanchisseuse there is 30km of coast before the road begins again in Matelot. The area can only be reached on foot, following trails which dip and climb through lush forests of old coffee, cacao and citrus estates. In between there are some fabulous wild beaches and magnificent coastal views.
Paria Waterfall & Beach:
The trail to this deserted beach and refreshing waterfall begins where the North Coast road ends, at the suspension bridge across the Marianne River. Go beyond the Arima-Blanchisseuse Road at the 12 1/2 mile-post, eastwards for about four (4) miles (6.4 km), lies Brasso Seco. The Paria-Morne Bleu Road and the Sansi Trace are located along this route.
A (60 degree) trail at the 4 3/4 mile-post signals the entrance to the forest. The trail is good and clear with no turnings off, and it winds towards the north. The route takes one past the Jordan River and over a hill. There is wooden bridge over the Paria River. A five (5) minute walk up the right bank of the river brings one to the spectacular waterfall.
The trek can take two to three hours each way, depending on the weather and the hikers’ level of fitness.

 

Tours
Kayaking
At the Marianne river mouth at Blanchisseuse, kayaks are available for rental every day, all year.
 

Northern Sea View Villa's Eric Blackman 669-3995 rents kayaks and leads tours to 3 pools, Avocat Falls and Paria [4 hours]

Not too far upriver there is an enchanted area known as Three Pools which also would require more difficult portage than most are willing. Kayaking in this area is best towards the end of the rainy season as the water level is high enough to allow paddling for the entire trip. During the dry season there are parts of the river where the low water level requires walking the kayaks. Highlights include towering stands of bamboo a variety of bird life including spotted sandpipers, kingfishers, gray kingbirds and striated herons.


Another kayaking opportunity in the Blanchisseuse area is the Yara River. This river is immediately after the village of La Fillette and at the entrance to Blanchisseuse. Starting from the river mouth presents a slight difficulty as it is surrounded by private property with holiday homes but it is possible to walk along the edges of the properties to get to the river mouth. Kayaking along this river is best towards the end of the rainy season as the water level is high enough to allow paddling for the entire trip.

Paria Beach and Waterfall Hike by caribbeandiscoverytours.com At the intermittent appearances of the ocean, Seabirds, Hawks and Ornate Hawk eagles float in the down drafts .We descend to the spectacular expanses of isolated Paria beach. Swim in ocean or in waterfall and river pool. a few minutes beyond the shore.Return same day.
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Day 5 After breakfast we head out toward Sangre Grande and onto our bikes for a short warm-up ride to the base of Mount Tamana, a hill formed by uplifted coral reef. An intricate system of caves has been carved by running water over thousands of years and is now home to millions of bats. We enjoy lunch before starting our steep hike up to Tamana’s summit where we are treated to spectacular views. Then it’s off to the mouth of Tamana Cave!  Those wanting to can enter and explore the cave where thousands of bats nest. 
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The best trek on the island, the 24 mile trail from Brasso Seco to Matelot, is the focus of this highly recommended trip. The trek itself can be covered in a comfortable 3 days. There’s time to enjoy pristine beaches, bathe at the waterfalls, and savour impressive coastal views, or to take side trails inland. The route follows several old Spanish ‘bench trails’ and there is a strong sense of the island’s forgotten past. Your guides may recount stories from local folklore, or pass on their knowledge of local ecologies and plants’ healing properties.