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Taking The Scenic Route: Driving Up North Coast Road In Trinidad

Maracas Beach

Maracas Beach

When driving from Port of Spain to Maracas Beach on the north side of Trinidad, taking Saddle Road, more commonly known as North Coast Road, provides a scenic escape from the city. The narrow road immerses you in lush vegetation while providing aerial views of the Caribbean Sea, rainforest and nearby islands. There are many lookout points to stop for photos, although be careful about parking because there aren’t really designated lots. Make sure to also stop off at Maracas Lookout for the best view of all, as well as to sample “Trini Treats,” like coconut fudge, cilantro-brined fruits, sweet, spicy tamarind balls and fried dough coated in crystallized ginger (kurma), from local vendors. For an idea of what you’ll see, here are some iPhoneography shots from my journey.

Tip: If you’re not visiting Trinidad with a car, hiring a local guide and driver is a good idea. I recommend Mr. Nick of Sensational Tours (Email: SensationalTours@gmail.com), as he can take you on this scenic drive as well as show you the best Trinidad has to offer based on your personality and likes.

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Maracas Lookout

Maracas Lookout

Trini Treats at Maracas Lookout

Trini Treats at Maracas Lookout

fruit chow

Pineapple Chow and Mango Chow at Maracas Lookout. These sweet and spicy treats are made by brining fruit in water, salt, pepper and cilantro.

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Maracas Beach

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Palm tree at Maracas Beach

shark and bake

Shark and Bake, a typical Trinidad & Tobago street food popular at Maracas Beach. It features a hearty piece of fried shark on fried bread, topped with fixings like lettuce, tomato, salad, cucumbers, cilantro, hot sauce, garlic and tamarind.

My trip to Trinidad & Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Board. I was not required to write about the trip, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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