A day on the Chaguaramas peninsula

view-point-tracking-station-trinidad-and-tobago

Where to go for a walk and a trip in Trinidad? Is it better to explore with a local guide? Check out which places are worth seeing and visiting on your own in Chaguaramas!


Trinidad does not lack trails, which you can pick for longer and shorter trips. Some of the places are better to visit with local guides due to little human interference.

chaguaramas-trinidad-and-tobago
Chaguaramas – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

Chaguaramas

chaguaramas-trinidad-and-tobago
Chaguaramas – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

Chaguaramas is a peninsula located on the west part of Trinidad. In the 40s, those areas were leased to the United States, which built a naval base there. After 23 years, this area was returned to Trinidad and Tobago. Currently, there is a harbor in Chaguaramas, which is a yacht sports center.

Chaguaramas Broadwalk

plaza-chaguaramas-trynidad-i-tobago
Williams Bay, Chaguaramas – Trinidad and Tobago 2023
plaza-chaguaramas-trynidad-i-tobago
Williams Bay, Chaguaramas – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

There is a boardwalk in Chaguaramas, which is a great place for outdoor sports.

The boardwalk itself is located near a bay and there is also a beach there, but it does not encourage swimming. Many parts of it were full of algae, which, besides preventing from easy water entering, also spread an unpleasant smell.

The people swimming in these waters looked homeless. They were with their clothes on or, some of them, were washing their clothes in there.

There is also a small amusement park in the area, however it was closed and seemed abandoned during my visit.

chaguaramas-trinidad-and-tobago
Chaguaramas- Trinidad and Tobago 2023

Near the promenade, on the other side of the road, there is a parking space which costs 20 TT$ (3 USD), hence you can leave your car there.

In my opinion, this is not a place that you want to visit in particular. But if it is on your way it is worth stopping for a little while and having a walk, but I was not especially impressed by it.

Bamboo Cathedral

bamboo-cathedral-trinidad-and-tobago
Bamboo Cathedral – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

This place is called a Bamboo Cathedral due to a characteristic bamboo arrangement. Huge trees create a vault over the trail, which reminds of a soaring vault of gothic cathedrals.

Before stepping on the trail, you can leave your car in a small parking space in front of the barrier, which is there to stop vehicles from entering the park.

The route is exceptionally easy, asphalt all the time, which makes it a nice option for taking a whole family there (even with a child in a stroller). Apart from the Bamboo Cathedral, this route will also take you to more attractions, meaning the Tracking Station and a viewpoint on the peninsula.

The Viewpoint

view-point-tracking-station-trinidad-and-tobago
Trinidad and Tobago 2023
view-point-tracking-station-trinidad-and-tobago
Trinidad and Tobago 2023

 Between the Bamboo Cathedral and the Tracking Station there is an extended cliff from which you can admire a lovely peninsula view. It is definitely worth stopping there to make the view last longer on a picture or simply admire the landscape.

Tracking Station

view-point-tracking-station-trinidad-and-tobago
Tracking Station – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The Tracking Station is a relic of the United States military base from the 20th century. There is an abandoned building and a satellite tower in this place. You simply have to visit here if you are an urbex fan!

The distance between the parking space and the satellite tower takes about 30–45 minutes, depending on your pace. The route between the viewpoint (aforementioned above) and the Tracking Station is a little bit more steep. A walk can be heavily impeded by weather – high humidity and temperature can get you pretty tired.

Make sure to take the right amount of water with you.

Edith Falls

edith-falls-chaguaramas-trinidad-and-tobago
Edith Falls – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

During my one-day trip to Chaguaramas I also managed to visit the Edith Waterfall. The sign marking the trail entrance is not very well visible, but I could find it thanks to the help of locals. Google Maps will insist that the waterfall lies about 2 minutes from the main road. Unfortunately, this is not true – the route takes around 30 minutes one way and is not very well-marked. You even need to cross the riverbed and climb rocks. Due to the poor marking, sometimes you will not be sure if you are going the right way. Especially troublesome to us was rock climbing, because we really did not know if we were heading in the right direction at the time.


If the previous days were rainy, you can have a problem with reaching the waterfall due to the fact that you have to cross a riverbed to get there.

TravelOverSky.com advises

edith-falls-trinidad-and-tobago
Edith Falls – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

Even though it is not a long hike, it is still worth taking the right boots and a bottle of water.

What is also worth taking note of is the fact that it is possible to meet wild animals here – monkeys or ocelots (monkeys are loud, so beware of it).

We met monkeys that made us jump off our skin because of the noises they made. Thanks to the later conversations with locals, we learned that these were probably orange howler monkeys.

edith-falls-trinidad-and-tobago
Edith Falls – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The route leading to the waterfall is not very crowded, which should make it possible to meet some of the wild animals.

But because of that, you should be extra careful when hiking to the waterfall. During my visit, the waterfall was almost dried out, but the rock wall was very impressive. The Edith Waterfall is around 70 meters tall.

***

You will find more useful information about this country, planning your journey and interesting facts in the Trinidad and Tobago tab.


I love sharing my travels, experiences, thoughts and self-tested advices. A travel blog is also a bit of work that I do drinking coffee.

If you want to buy me a coffee, I’d be very pleased!

America Dominicana

Safety in the Dominican Republic – is it safe?

Safety in the Dominican Republic - is it safe? Is it possible to travel alone around the country? What is...
Read More
America Dominicana

Dominican Republic and sockets. Do I need a socket adapter?

Electricity Dominican Republic – what is it like? Do I need a socket adapter in the Dominican Republic? I invite...
Read More
America Dominicana

Are there sharks in the Dominican Republic?

Are there sharks in the Dominican Republic? Is it safe to swim in the waters surrounding this country? Have there...
Read More
America Dominicana

Where to snorkel in Dominicana? | Catalina Island

Virgin Catalina Island. Do you want to know how to get to Catalina Island? What can you do on Catalina...
Read More
America Dominicana

Montana Redonda in the Dominican Republic | How to get there?

How to get to the famous Montana Redonda? Is it worth visiting this place? How can you spend time on...
Read More
America Dominicana

Saona Island | How to get there, what prices are there?

Are you planning a holiday on the Saona? Do you want to find out how to get to the Saona...
Read More
America Dominicana

Where to buy a SIM card in the Dominican Republic?

If you are looking for the information about a best SIM card Dominican Republic — you are in the right...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Where to spend a night in Costa Rica?

If you are looking for accommodation in Costa Rica - you are in the right place! This post will introduce...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Costa Rica and food | The best restaurants

Costa Rica restaurants - what restaurants in Costa Rica are available in this country. Which dish is a national one?...
Read More
America Costa Rica

The Waterfall Gardens and La Paz Waterfall

Where is Waterfall Gardens park and La Paz waterfall located? What can be done there, and what attractions await the...
Read More
America Costa Rica

What is worth to see in Puerto Viejo?

What is worth to see in Puerto Viejo? What does Jaguar Rescue Center and Ara Manzanilla do? What trips are...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Cahuita National Park: prices, tickets, opening hours

Where is Cahuita National Park located? Which animals can be spotted there? How much is the park admission fee? Is...
Read More
America Costa Rica

How to plan a trip to Tortuguero National Park?

How to get to Tortuguero National Park? Which animals can be spotted there? How much is the trip around the...
Read More
America Costa Rica

What to do in La Fortuna?

What is worth seeing in La Fortuna? Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall - how to get there and how...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Is it worth to see the Tenorio Volcano National Park?

Check out the most important information about Tenorio Volcano National Park. How much is the entry fee, and how long...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Monteverde in Costa Rica | cloud forest, hanging bridges and butterfly garden

What is worth to see in Monteverde? The cloud forest, hanging bridges and Butterfly Garden in Santa Elena. Check out...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park | Prices, how to get there

Corcovado National Park is one of the most untouched by human parks in Costa Rica. How to plan a trip...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park: attractions, prices, access

Is it worth to visit Manuel Antonio National Park? How to prepare to visit this park? How much time you...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Costa Rica: trip plan, tours, sightseeing, attractions

If you are looking for a verified trip plan to Costa Rica — you are in the right place! Check...
Read More
America Costa Rica

Where to buy a SIM card in Costa Rica?

Where to buy a SIM card in Costa Rica? Is it possible to buy a SIM card at the airport?...
Read More