Two districts in Trinidad and Tobago have been voted among the most charming beach towns in the Caribbean.
They are Maracas Bay in Trinidad and Castara Bay in Tobago.
The votes came via a survey by TravelMag.com which invited more than 300 travel writers, social media influencers and in-the-know travel professionals to name their favorite beach destinations in the region.
The respondents were asked to identify their favorite charming towns or villages after which the votes were added to determine the final 20 destinations.
Only beach towns with populations below 100,000 were considered and destinations on the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America were excluded.
Castara, on Tobago’s north coast, was recognized for its outdoor adventure activities and beautiful beaches.
It was noted that Castara’s economy is still primarily dependent upon fishing and agriculture, versus tourism, making it the perfect spot to visit for those travelers seeking a quiet trip away from the tourists.
Maracas received recognition for it similar pristine beaches, as well as its unique culinary traditions - like the Trinidadian “bake and shark” that’s so popular along the island’s shores.
Other destinations that found their way onto the list of the top 20 most charming beach towns in the Caribbean include Le Carbet, Martinique; Cockburn Town, Turks & Caicos; Port Elizabeth, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; and Gustavia, Saint Barths. Trinidad & Tobago was one of only four islands to land more than one destination on the top 20 list; the others were Saint Kitts & Nevis, Barbados and Guadeloupe.