When I think of Mayaro I think of two words Relaxation, and Beach. According to the locals Mayaro is all about community, family, a good cold beer and island life at its finest. If driving down to Mayaro from the north side of Trinidad, you are in for a treat. You will have the pleasure of driving through Manzanilla, which boosts, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Thousands of Palm trees line the highway and the ocean peaks in and out ever so often.
Now picture heading off to go camping in Canada, add a beach house and a beautiful sandy beach, well that’s Mayaro. Keep in mind most beach houses in Mayaro are not the typical colonial style vacation homes, I would describe them as meeting your basic needs. We chose to stay in quaint apartment, which met all our needs and comfortably slept 5 and 1 puppy (special request). The apartment hosted two bedrooms (with A/C) and a full kitchen and living/dining area. Please note….we literally just slept here.
The rule to live by is to “Live like the locals”, KEEP IT SIMPLE. It’s all about reconnecting with your family and friends, having some drinks (of your choice) and eating some good home cooked food.
On our first day, we decided to do an easy grocery and head to the beach. As you watch the waves crash on the tan colored sandy coastline, your eye continues to view the delicious 9 miles of a mix of green leaved lush trees that line beach from one end to the other. While the beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, the beach is rarely crowded giving you a true vision of beauty.
While visiting Mayaro, be sure to check out the local market for fresh fruit and veggies and other local delights. **Breadfuit is always in season** You might be amazed at what you find.
Looking for a night cap? Check out The Ranch, a bar/restaurant suitable for the whole family. They provide a mixed menu with something for everyone, an added bonus is you won’t have to spend your time washing dirty dishes after dinner.
And if you have time during your beach retreat, I highly recommend taking a drive to the south-eastern tip of the island, Guayaguayre & Galeota Point. Unfortunately you can’t access Galeota Point by land, it’s currently leased out to some oil company, however you can take a picturesque walk down the beach, and get lost in the allurement of the never ending seabed.
Finding a beach house in Mayaro could be difficult as most houses are not available online, my recommendation is ask around, check the local newspaper, if you are staying in a hotel speak to the front desk or if you know any locals feel free to ask them as they most likely have contacts. Once you’ve booked, check with the owner/landlord to see if you need to bring anything (sheets, crockery, towels, etc)
My two advisories:
1) While we were there we didn’t see any lifeguards, (I’m not sure if there are lifeguards?!?!) so keep close to the shore line and keep your kiddies close.
2) Another word to the wise, while we felt safe, don’t loose your senses, like any other destination in the world anyone could be a target so always be aware of your surroundings.
Other than that..Enjoy!