In November 2010 I returned to Trinidad for my daughter’s graduation. While there we, my mother, son, daughter and I, took a trip to Maracas Bay. Maracas Bay is a must see tourist destination in Trinidad and it is located on the northern part of the island. It took us about forty five minutes to get there from my mother’s house which is located in an area called Mt. Hope so we took the route through Santa Cruz to get to Maracas Bay.The drive to Maracas Bay is through the mountains of the northern range.
The road was originally built by U.S. Navy Seabees based out of Chaguaramas – at points, they blasted parts of the hill out so that the road could pass. I remember many years ago, on our way home after having a wonderful day at the beach, we would stop at a spot where there is a ‘spring’. This ‘spring’ is fresh water from higher up in the mountains. We would drink the spring water, full our water bottles and even take a mini shower.
That was the first time I have been to Maracas Bay since I migrated to the British Virgin Islands, in 2000! Our first stop was at a spot that is called the Look Out where the view is magnificent. It is a norm for tour guides to stop at this point for the tourist to enjoy the scenery and indulge in some trini snacks. Occasionally there would be live entertainment by a one man band.
There are some food vendors at this location and they sell traditional trini snacks. Well that was a treat for me. There were so many snacks for sale that I have not eaten or seen for many years. There were snacks like fudge, sugar cake, nut cake, tamarind balls, chillibibbi, fried channa aka chick peas, fried nuts, bene balls (a snack made with sesame seeds), and kurma. There were also an abundance of preservatives made with series, mango, golden apples aka pommechythere and plums. There were so many things, that I did not know what to buy, I wanted to buy everything.