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Destination T&T Down by the Boardwalk

The DJ Dani Project Sunday, March 1 2015

Many of my childhood memories revolve around the sea.

I have pictures of my mummy taking me for my first swim on Gasparee Island at only three months old, and by the looks of my face in the pictures, I loved it! With a family beach house in Toco, one of the things that made the two-hour weekend drive more bearable for my sister and I was the thought of frolicking in the tumbling waves at Sally Bay. Sunday trips down the islands to visit my grandmother’s brother on Monas Island was always mad fun running and jumping off the jetty with no fear in the world, and the clear waters of the Tardieu birthright down at Scotland Bay was often the scene of races far across the Bay to see who could swim the fastest. Sometimes I think back to the after school trips we used to take with my grandfather who would make the evening drive down to Chaguaramas to carry us for a “sea bath”. With most of my grandparents’ family having made Carenage their home after being forced to leave Scotland Bay – wait that story is for another column – we visited Carenage very often, and just as I know how to manouevre through the back streets, when there is insane traffic leaving the Western peninsula, so too do I feel familiar about its calm, gentle waters as well.

Flash forward to 2015, and there are some pretty amazing developments taking place down on that end of Trinidad. Charged under the purview of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) since 1972, the entire estate of Chaguaramas has come to take on a distinct and upgraded look and feel. For years many people referred to Williams Bay as “Indian Bay” which has now evolved into “down by the Boardwalk”. The Boardwalk is the new focal point and most recognizable part of the development that include activities that harmoniously incorporate the abundant flora and fauna of the area. Beginning just after the CDA post to the west of Williams Bay and gently curving along the shoreline as it extends to the east and ends just at the beginning of the designated area for recreational activities, the Boardwalk is shaded by tall trees with its branches lit with colourful outdoor lights -- the perfect place to take a sunset or moonlight stroll.

By day there are a host of recreational activities for the young and grown alike. Opening from 10am on weekends and 12noon during the week, there’s no reason for you to use the “I’m bored” card again. So lemme give you guys the exciting run down of the awesome things to do down by the Boardwalk.

The Boardwalk

Consists of the actual Boardwalk, “The Trees” Vendor Plaza, The Jogging Track and the Dancing Water Fountain. The Trees offers a range of sumptuous cuisine that includes choices from soup to Chinese to Italian to grill, to jerk to curry. You can also indulge your sweet tooth at the ice cream parlour or the coffee house, and the vendor plaza opens daily from 8am to 11pm.

The Jogging Track

If you make running a part of your _ tness routine then check out the Jogger’s track which opens from morning to evening and features a special rubberized coating to promote joint protection.

The Dancing Water Fountain

For all the kids and children at heart, the dancing water fountain is just as impressive in the day as it is in the night.

Gazebo Rental

These fenced gazebos are perfect for family gatherings and each boasts of a bar-style counter top with sink and running water, and three picnic benches with room for 6 to 8 persons. Rental costs varies for peak or off peak season but range between $200 to $350 for a three-hour period depending on the date requested.

Multiple bookings can also be accommodated for the rental of more than one gazebo for larger groups.

Pedal Boats

The water feature of the Boardwalk can also be used to have some outdoor fun using the pedal boat activity. Perfect for families, couples and groups, the pedal boats can hold up to four persons, are rented hourly, and are open till as late as 10 pm on weekends.

Mini Off Road Mayhem

Described by the CDA as a “spine tingling, mind blowing, off road, radio-controlled experience”, these rentals are specially selected monster and short course trucks that definitely takes the adrenaline level up a couple notches. Whether you choose to race against opponents or simply navigate the course, the off road mayhem is the perfect outlet for your inner rally driver.

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