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It has a mile of white sand protected by Buccoo Reef (a longtime favorite with snorkelers) is the island’s most popular beach.
Englishman’s Bay and Bloody Bay
Want to get away from watersports rentals and beach bars? Continue up the leeward coast and its small villages to the deserted white sands of Englishman’s Bay (hidden from the road) and Bloody Bay, the last beach you can reach by road.
Bring binoculars for the birds – more than 200 recorded species, from tiny, iridescent hummingbirds to orange-winger parrots. At Buccoo Marsh, shorebirds are plentiful – and the scarlet ibis is an occasional visitor. Look for flycatchers and woodcreepers in the forests, and squadrons of seabirds, including the rare red-billed tropicbird, offshore at the Little Tobago Islands bird sanctuary. (And don’t forget your Peterson guidebook: migratory birds from both North and South America also stop by on holiday.)
For a day of waterfalls and stunning coastal scenery, follow the Windward Road. Start early from Scarborough, the island capital, and make your first stop at Rainbow Falls, a 10-minute walk away. At Belle Garden, the restored Richmond GreatHouse (1776) has a large collection of African art – and a wonderful hilltop view. A little farther on, Argyle Falls (a 20-minute nature walk) is the island’s highest. After lunch in Speyside, go on to Charlotteville for a swim and a visit to Flagstaff Hill and a view of this classic fishing village – and, fittingly, one of the Caribbean’s finest natural harbors.