Maracas Beach is definitely the most popular spot for swimming on the island of Trinidad. Just ask any local about their favorite beaches in Trinidad and while there may be some differences in opinion and many might list Las Cuevas or Paria Beach as a personal favorite; Maracas Bay is always mentioned in the top three Trinidad beaches.

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 cold beers.

The beach is a spacious, curving expanse of coastline that’s protected by a deep bay.

Aerial view of Maracas Beach in Trinidad

A trip to Maracas Beach or any of the other North Coast Beaches is always accompanied by a bake and shark from one of the many stalls that line the road at Maracas. Trinidadians sometimes make bake and shark runs with no intention of going in the water, far less even stepping on the sand.

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 Lookout

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.

Traditional Trinidadian Snacks at the Maracas Lookout in Trinidad

As you continue cruising along the North Coast Road, Maracas Beach is the first of many beaches 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 on the final approach 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!

Maracas Beach Ocean View

On the Trinidad episode of the travel show Bizarre Foods. The show’s host Andrew Zimmern bit into a bake and shark and proclaimed “this is the best sandwich I have ever eaten” and continued that the seafood sandwich is now among his top ten favorite foods.

Maracas Bake and Shark with Chadon Beni sauce and Garlic sauce

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.

There’s garlic sauce; an aoili infused with a sharp garlic flavor,
tamarind sauce; a sweet and tangy chutney that’s somewhere between barbeque and general tso’s saucem and chadon beni; a pesto like sauce make with the pureed leaves of the culantro plant.

Hot sauce made with powerfully hot local peppers like Seven Pot Pepper or the Moruga scorpion.

To balance the heat, there’s a creamy thousand island sauce and fresh vegatables.

Exotic zesty sauce on a Maracas 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.