The tiny island of Tobago has an embarrassment of riches along its coastline, including a standout spot that could easily be in the running as one of the Caribbean’s best beaches: Pigeon Point Beach.
Pigeon Point, Tobago is like a real-life postcard, right down to the swaying palm trees and thatch-roof jetty, and the perfect place to spend a relaxing day soaking up the sun.
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Getting to Pigeon Point Beach
Found on the southwestern tip of the island, Pigeon Point Heritage Park is a 125 acre nature reserve with three beaches: Main, North and South. Easily accessible from the capital city of Scarborough, this makes it a great day trip for those arriving in Tobago on a cruise.
From port, visitors can easily hire a taxi to drive them there and back for about $20, and it’s also only a few minutes from the airport. The park is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily, and lifeguards are on duty on Main Beach.
Pigeon Point beach is so iconic that photos of its spellbinding, clear waters and sparkling sand are widely used in tourism campaigns, making it somewhat of a symbol of Tobago. The jetty is also where excursions such as the glass-bottom boat tours of Buccoo Reef and the Nylon Pool depart from. Click here to book
Visiting Pigeon Point, Tobago
There’s a $TT 20 entrance fee (about $3 USD) to visit the heritage park, which is used to maintain the beach facilities.
The beach itself is lined with cute souvenir shops, food stalls, washroom and shower facilities, chair rentals as well as a number of people selling activities such as boat tours around the island. It’s possible to negotiate on pricing depending on how many people are in the group.
Spend a day under the swaying palm trees, and relaxing on the brilliant white sand which is incredibly soft and free from any sort of rubble.
The aqua-marine water beckons, and those wanting to go for a dip will find they can wade a great distance into this part of the Caribbean Sea without the water going above waist height, which makes it a great option for those who aren’t confident swimmers.
Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef tours
The most popular way to spend an afternoon at Pigeon Point beach is to hop on a glass-bottom boat tour of nearby Buccoo Reef.
This incredible area is made up of five reef flats that make up a small lagoon, surrounded by vibrant coral. The locals have dubbed it the ‘Nylon Pool’ thanks to its brilliant colour, and travellers can expect to see a number of tropical fish, either by staying put in the boat or snorkelling.
Most excursions last up to two hours, and cost $15-$20 per person. It’s important to note swimmers should not to put their feet down, to avoid damaging the fragile marine environment
The Pigeon Point Jetty is the nearest departure point for Buccoo Reef/Nylon Pool tours, and glass-bottom boats leave for the reef at 11 am and 2 pm daily. Tickets are available from tour operators at the Jetty.
If you have more time, book a full day tour that starts with a panoramic drive to key sites in Tobago, a glass-bottom boat tour and time to snorkel in Nylon Bay.
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With its gorgeous views, soft sand and crystal-clear water, it’s easy to see why Pigeon Point beach is one of the best beaches in Tobago.
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