This September will be our 4th stay in 15 months and 18th time since we came here on our honeymoon in 1986. Our grown up kids (25,23 and 20 year olds) will be returning with us to help us celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary and they have all been coming here since they were babies.
So why do we keep coming back?
The hotel is on a mile stretch of deserted beach. All rooms are sea facing and the hotel has a lagoon style pool which is 3.5 feet deep and there is also a kids pool. Rooms are basic but clean and the variety and quality of food and drink were excellent, an opinion shared by all our fellow guests.
During our stay in June we saw 10-15 leatherback turtles nesting. They lay between 4-8 clutches of between 60-100 fertile eggs at intervals of between 6-13 days which hatch at approx 60 days. The average turtle size is approximately 5 foot long and 4 foot wide and each nesting takes around 1.5 hours.
The local fisherman pull in the seine (nets) about 5 times a week by the hotel. You are welcome to join in and apart from their normal catch, I saw a manta ray, puffer fish, pilot fish and a green turtle all being returned to the sea.
The island is 25 miles long and 6 miles wide and I always hire a car for a few days to travel around the island. When we do an island trip we like to go to Fort King George overlooking Scarborough where there is a small museum, lighthouse and some remains of a old English garrison. We then head up the Atlantic coast until we reach Speyside and have lunch at Gemma's tree house restaurant set on the beach looking out towards little Tobago. After this we head to Charlotteville (where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean) and down the Caribbean coast stopping at some of the beautiful bays along the way. On this part of the trip you will see the oldest environmentaly protected rainforest (nearly 250 yrs) which traverses approx. two-thirds of the length of the island.
We also go to Buccoo Reef and the Nylon pool for a few hours and the Adventure Farm which is a few miles from the hotel and you can watch the birds being fed, the hummingbirds drinking from the sugar water dispensers and the lovely gardens.
We went on a fishing trip with the kids last September from the beach at the hotel.We have previously seen dolphins and manta rays and also on many occasions disturbed shoals of flying fish causing them to erupt from the sea. When the kids were younger they would bring their catch back to the hotel for the chef to cook for their tea.
One of my sons and I play golf (me terribly) and we go to Mount Irvine, one of the 2 courses on the island to play. We hire the clubs and a buggy and just bring our own golf balls but you can buy them there if required.
Some tips.... take too much sun tan lotion as my wife and I miscalculated in June and it was not straight forward to get some!!
My wife brings her own hairdryer.
Bring plenty of books.
Beach towels at reception.
Sandwiches and cakes at 4 by the bar.
Don't bother with US$. I take some TT$ and then I will either change at the hotel if I need some but otherwise will stop at a cashpoint. Some people accept sterling for trips.
Over the years more people from Trinidad stay at the hotel and we enjoy their warmth and friendliness and have made many new friends. The staff at the hotel are great and many have been there for 15-20 years. They along with the manager, Leslie Amedee demonstrate professionalism, warmth and desire to ensure all his guests have a wonderful holiday which Is very apparent by the amount of repeat guests.
Thank you all at Turtle Beach
Ambrose and Sue O'Sullivan
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- Also Known As:
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