- Location: Northern Range
- Distance: 5.5 miles
- Time (One Way): 2.5 hours
- Type of Journey: Return trip
- Degree of Difficulty: 4 (moderate).
One of the most popular trails being used today. Almost everyday, there is someone visiting Paria Bay and Waterfall. We drive all the way to Blanchisseuse spring bridge; once we cross this bridge, we are now on gravel road. Follow this road until we reach to some condominiums on our left. We park here.
We start our trek on the gravel road all the way to the official start of the hike; that is, until we reach forest. Once we are on the gravel, we are opened to hot sun, so a brimmed hat would be an asset and lots of water as well. When we reach the official trail, we have accomplished about 2 miles. We trek uphill, downhill and flat trekking all the way until we reach the beach; that’s what makes this trek so special, not too much of one thing. Along the way, we can momentarily leave the trail and venture on “turtle rock”; was called by that name because the rock is actually shaped like a turtle. On this rock, astounding views of the Caribbean Sea all around you.
Back on the trail, until we reach the bay, beautiful flora around us. When we are actually at the beach, it always brings a special relief, for the beauty lies just ahead of us and that is the ever popular “Cathedral Rock”. This rock is about 150 feet high with a hollow smack in the center of it, and a piece of another rock jutting upwards from the sea in the middle of the curve of the rock. A great site for pictures.
We trek further along the beach listening to the waves crashing onto the shore, smelling the sea salt which is very refreshing. As we reach to the end of the beach, there is a river great for bathing as well as the beach at the mouth of the river. To venture to the waterfall, we head back from the river for about 400 meters, turn left on a trail that is pronounced and follow this trail until you reach a fork; turn left and continue the trek until you come to a stream. From here, it is up to you to either get your shoes wet, or you can take them off and trek up the river bare-footed all the way to the waterfall which is only ahead of you. Once there, great deep pool which is the largest natural pool in Trinidad and Tobago. The water is icy cold, but it aids to great relief to the aching muscles. Great atmosphere all round and you are virtually lost in total enchantment.
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