Eating Bake and Shark at Maracas Beach in Trinidad

Maracas Beach is definitely the most popular spot for swimming on the island of Trinidad.

Every weekend, busloads of locals and tourists make the journey to this popular spot to enjoy swimming in the cold, blue water, leaping over gentle waves, and relaxing under swaying coconut trees while sipping on rum cocktails.

It’s a spacious, curving expanse of coastline that’s protected by a deep bay.

View of Maracas Bay from Above

Maracas Beach is also famous for “Bake and Shark”, a tasty sandwich that’s made with deep fried fillets of shark meat and spicy local sauces.

Going to Maracas Beach and passing up a bake and shark is practically unheard of for most Trinidadians.

There are many different options to get to Maracas depending on whether you’re coming from the East or West of Trinidad, but all roads converge on the winding and scenic North Coast Road.

Before Maracas Beach is the “Maracas Lookout”, a clifftop look out spot that offers views of S’aut Deau Island to the West and Maracas Bay to the East on a clear day.

maracas look out in trinidad

Expansive views of the Caribbean Sea are possible on all but the cloudiest of days.
The Maracas Lookout is also home to stalls selling crafts and local snacks like preserved and pickled fruits and hand-made confections like coconut fudge, and sugar cake.

maracas lookout snacks booth

As you continue cruising along the North Coast Road, Maracas Beach is the first beach that you approach. At curves and rises in the road, you often catch quick glimpses of the ocean.

Smelling the salty air and hearing the roar of the surf is always rejuvenating after a long drive on a winding road.

It’s finally time for a swim in the cool water, a cold drink, and a hot Bake and Shark!

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Bake and Shark was featured on the Trinidad episode of the travel show Bizarre Foods. The show’s host Andrew Zimmern said it was the best sandwich he ever had.

bake and shark trinidad cuisine

It certainly can be considered to be among the best sandwiches in the world. The well-seasoned shark meat is fried to a golden perfection on the outside while the meat inside remains tender.

The fried bake is also crispy and golden with a fluffy interior that has a hint of donut sweetness to it.

It’s the zesty local sauces that really make the Bake and Shark stand out.

bizarre foods trinidad and tobago bake and shark

Eat it like Zimmern did in Bizarre Foods, skip the ketchup and mustard and go for the more exotic sauce options.

There’s garlic sauce; a slightly less thick mayonnaise infused with a sharp garlic flavor,
tamarind sauce; a sweet and tangy chutney that’s somewhere between barbeque and general tso sauce,

chadon beni; a pesto like sauce make with the pureed leaves of the culantro plant,

hot sauce that’s made with blended peppers and lime juice and then allowed to mature to reach its peak heat,

and creamy salad dressing to go with the lettuce, cucumber slices, and sliced tomatoes that you could garnish your bake and shark with.

maracas beach bake and shark

While Maracas Beach is definitely a great beach to spend a day, and Bake and Shark is one of the most delicious sandwiches, always remember that there’s more North Coast to explore beyond Maracas!

Get back in the car and continue along the North Coast Road, explore Blanchisseuse beach, Tyrico Bay, Avocat Waterfall, or if you’re adventurous make the scenic trek to Paria Beach.

welcome to paria beach

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RELAXING AT BUBBLE BEACH SPA IN DOMINICA

The Bubble Beach Spa in Soufriere Bay

lets your enjoy the beach and a spa for the perfect post-hike experience

The Nature Isle is renowned for many things; amazing hikes, therapeutic hot springs and crystal clear beaches, but there’s only one spot on the island where you could experience the the islands warm water and gently crashing waves at the same time.

Welcome to Bubble Beach

Bubble Beach Spa in Dominica is a small area in Soufriere Bay where the geothermic activity of the island causes the water near the shore to be warm, and even pleasantly hot in some spots.

Dominica Travel Tips - Bubble Beach

The beach has been blocked off with stones to trap as much of the warm water as possible. Even on a rainy day (like the day that the below picture was taken), the beach provides enough warmth.

Bubble Beach Spa Dominica

The small bubbles of gas escaping from beneath the hot stones lend to the “Bubble Beach” name. Similar bubbles can be seen when snorkeling at the more popular Champagne Beach.
The stones nearest to the shore are piping hot, and the water gets cooler as it gets deeper allowing you to choose a perfect place to relax.

Unlike the over-priced, touristy hot springs like Screw’s Spa and Tia’s Spa at Wotten Waven; the Bubble Beach Spa is free to the public although a small donation would be appreciated.

Dominica Rum Punch at Bubble Beach

You could make a small donation and still buy two cups of homemade rum punch (the coconut and the passion fruit are my favorites but still try all!), you would have still spent less money than if you visited Screw’s Sulphur Spa.

Soufriere Bay at night

And you definitely will not get this splendid view of Scotts Head from Wotten Waven at twilight! Other than sweet views like that as the sun sets, the Bubble Beach Spa really stands out because the pleasant and sublte change of temperature caused by the motion of the waves is unlike anything else in Dominica.

The BUbble Beach Spa is not the only place in Dominica where you could bask in therapeutic warm water, check out Three places where you could experience Dominica’s Hot Springs for free

Guide to Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches

Unlike the other islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad hardly inspires images of beaches with pristine white sand.
The island’s dependence on oil instead of tourism means that the beaches are hardly advertised and are mostly known to locals or foreigners with some connection to the country.

This means that the beaches remain a secret.

The North Coast Beaches are considered to be the best on the island, and they’re also extremely diverse.

They range from crowded beaches packed with tourists, to empty stretches of sand that are accessible only by hiking through the rain forests of the Northern Range.

Here’s a guide to some of Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches

 Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches Guide

Maracas Beach

Maracas beach is definitely the most popular beach on the island of Trinidad. It’s always packed with locals and foreigners alike.


This popularity is due to the fact that Maracas Beach is less than an hour away from the Capital City of Port of Spain via a scenic drive on the winding North Coast Road…..

But also because it’s the most famous spot on the island to get bake and shark;

Trinidad Street Food; Bake and Shark

Bake and shark consists of battered and deep-fried shark meat placed in a fried flat bread and then drizzled with spicy local sauces.

The crispy, golden slices of shark meat are tasty enough, but the sauces are what gives this sandwich its kick.

In the Trinidad episode of Bizarre Foods, host Andrew Zimmern called it the best sandwich he ever had.

Eat it like he did and skip the mustard and ketchup, but make sure you slather it with garlic sauce a garlic flavored mayo, tamarind sauce a sweet chutney that’s somewhere between barbeque and general tso, and chadon beni a pesto like sauce make with the culantro plant.

Las Cuevas

Meaning “The Caves” in Spanish, this beach is just a short drive after Maracas. It’s much less crowded than Maracas and less commercialized. The caves that this beach is named after provide some shade from the tropical heat.

Unless you want a bank and shark, it’s always worth the extra few minutes to get to Las Cuevas beach.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches, Las Cuevas

Blanchisseuse

Even further along the North Coast Road, there is the village of Blanchisseuse. This quiet fishing village is home to scenic coves and secluded beaches.

One of the best swimming spots on the island is where the Marianne River meets the ocean. There’s also a beach that’s accessible via a small flight of concrete stairs next to the road. Avocat Falls is located minutes away from this beach and is a fun, relaxing hike.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches, Blanchisseuse

Paria Beach

The trek to Paria beach begins at Blanchisseuse and follows a trail through mountanous forest.

The hike winds along the cliffs of the Northern Range and offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.

Paria Beach is also accessible by boat, but the scenis hike is well worth is; especially since you pass scenis landmarks like turtle rock and the Paria arch.
Hiking to Paria Beach

Turtle rock is a long jagged rock formation that juts out into the ocean, and the Paria arch is a large natural arch that marks the beginning of Paria Beach.

Nothing beats a swim at the beach after hiking through sweltering rainforest.

Turtle Rock, Paria

Macqueripe

Unlike the other beaches on this list, Macqueripe is west of Port of Spain.

Instead of driving along the winding North Coast Road, this beach is accessed by driving towards Chaguaramas and then heading North along the Tucker Valley Road.

The mouth of Macqueripe Bay is leeward facing, meaning that the water is always exceptionally calm; calm enough to wade into shoulder-depth water while holding coconut daiquiris and not spilling a drop or getting sea water in.

With sea turtles and manta rays crusing through the green water, Macuqeripe is also ideal for snorkeling.

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches and Bays

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches,Macqueripe

Trinidad’s North Coast Beaches may not have white and pink sand beaches like the rest of the Caribbean, but where else in the Caribbean can you enjoy huge areas of beachfront without a single other soul on the beach?

Hiking to Avocat Falls in Trinidad

The hike to Avocat Falls is one of the easiest hikes on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

In addition to the ease, there’s the reward of a clear cool pool beneath the waterfall that’s ideal for swimming in as well as a rock directly beneath the cascading water that’s easy to climb. Once on the rock, you could bask under a natural shower created by the waterfall

The only slightly difficult part of this adventure is the drive to get there, because it involves going quite a few miles past the popular Maracas Beach and along a much bumpier portion of the North Coast Road. You go past Las Cuevas Beach and even the less popular Blanchisseuse Beach.

Check out the Guide to North Coast Beaches in Trinidad for information on these beaches.

The hike takes around 20 to 30 minutes at a leisurely stroll and there’s virtually no difficult terrain or rocks..
This hike could even be comfortable done with no shoes since most of it is along cool mud and soft grass.

While the water is too shallow for any leaps from a high rock. It is fun to be able to bask under the natural shower of Avocat Falls or to sit on rocks behind the curtain of water.

The Avocat waterfall cascading into its shallow pool

That’s the waterfall in its entirety. There are some people to the left of it for scale, and if you look carefully you could see that there are also some people under the waterfall.

Avocat Falls

Looking at Avocat Waterfall from a nearby trail.

This trail takes you to the top of the waterfall. You could swim up there and enjoy the view and also relax in a shallow pool.

Avocat Waterfall

Enjoying the tumbling water at Avocat Falls

Cold cascading water while standing on a rock is the best kind of shower!

Under Avocat Waterfall

Don’t stop at Avocat Falls! Check out some more Trinidad Travel Tips for more tips on how to not be a tourist in Trinidad.

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Originally featured on CestLavibe.com

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