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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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