Does this not look like heaven on Earth?
Beautiful Las Cuevas Beach in northern Trinidad certainly looks that way…. not so much on a Sunday though! We should have had a clue!
After winding through San Juan, Santa Cruz, and the Northern Mountains, we arrived at a lookout point to gawk and see what local snack items we could find to nibble at. This is the same lookout from my last post. Nested within these mountains are the majestic beaches of Maracas and Las Cuevas, which are only within five or so miles from each other, as well as several other smaller beaches.
On this day, it also hides hide the unpleasantry we will soon encounter.
Driving through the bustling streets of San Juan.
At the lookout point, Andy bought mango chow. Last week he got pickled pommecythere or golden apple. He loves the bitter/sour/sweet stuff so very popular here in Trinidad.
Me? I love sweets, hold the bitter/sour. I got a small piece of locally made coconut fudge. 😋
- By the way, I just discovered something delightful: an online Caribbean Dictionary. Too cool! This will come in handy when it comes to the many Trini-unique terms I hear all the time.
Stopping to get those snacks was not easy. The place was crowded with so many cars and small buses it was difficult to get in and out of the place. This is the afore mentioned clue I was talking about!
On Saturday, a day before this, this is how things went:
“Let’s go to beach tomorrow.”
“Ok, but it’s Sunday. Won’t it be busy?”
“I guess we’ll find out.”
We did indeed!
Our plan was to drive to Las Cuevas, hang out there a bit, take photos, and then get back to Maracas. Last week Andy got a shark sandwich and was dying to have another.
When we drove past Maracas it looked so busy and crowded! A COVID nightmare, for one thing, plus we didn’t even see any parking available.
So, we made our way to Las Cuevas. There were other small beaches along the way, but all looked packed with people.
- Little boats at Las Cuevas. I thought they were rentals but as my Trini friend Fay over at In my own words… at pointed out, they are more likely fishermen’s boats… oh the life and times of a Trini fisherman, sounds rather intriguing!
Las Cuevas was so beautiful! I loved it so much, but it too was pretty crowded. We parked in a temporary spot so that we could at least take photos but didn’t want to stay parked there for too long.
By the time we got back to Maracas things had gotten worse! Police were directing people away as the parking lots were already full and lines of cars were waiting.
Long story short. No beach fun. No shark sandwich. Andy was irked bigtime so we decided to get the heck out! I don’t do crowds, and Andy does them even worse.
As we were leaving, we passed swarms of more vehicles and small buses trying to get into Maracas. As disappointing as it was, we had made the right decision.
Lesson learned: Don’t come to a popular Trini beach on a Sunday! Just don’t do it!
Well, at least I got some lovely photos of Las Cuevas. That alone will make a photography lover happy.
Hope everyone has a great week!