At the far southeastern corner of Trinidad, Mayaro Bay is a large, sand-fringed bay where you can escape from the bustle of Port of Spain and enjoy the more laid-back side of Trinidad. The beach here is the longest stretch of sand on the island, and it’s a popular spot among locals during public holidays and long weekends. Come during the afternoon, and you can watch as the local fisherman pull in their seine nets to catch a glimpse of the day’s catch. This is a secluded and rural part of the island, but the small town of Mayaro has a handful of guesthouses and restaurants available. Also nearby is the Nariva Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland in the country, where you can spot local flora and fauna among protected lowland tropical rainforest.
From Port of Spain, it’s about 60 miles to Mayaro Bay. To get there, head east along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway to the Eastern Main Road until you reach Manzanilla Bay, then follow the coast road all the way to the southeastern end of the island.