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“Beautiful and remote once you've waded through Trinidad's ubiquitous garbage”
Review of Chacachacare

Ranked #39 of 103 things to do in Trinidad
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Owner description: This mysterious, uninhabited island, once the site of a colony of lepers run by a group of nuns, is only five miles off the northwest coast of Trinidad.
Reviewed July 7, 2014

If only the locals loved their islands like we do. Rubbish is everywhere. Here is a gem of an island, paradoxically accessible only some 12 miles from TTSA yet with a remote aura about it, yet strewn with rubbish despite it being uninhabited! 30 years ago it was a leper colony. When a cure was found overnight it became deserted. Empty, overgrown houses with beds outside makes it feel quite eerie. We were the only ones anchored on the island, the fireflies coming out after dark on a complete silent and moonless night made it seem as though spirits of long lost leprous souls were haunting the place. Unless you like the volume of reggae and rap music which make Ibiza sound like a string quartet.... leave the weekends alone.....the locals know how to party continuously! Weekdays are quiet and often this largish island you'll have to yourself. In season don't worry about food, mangos and coconuts abound

5  Thank BobRedley
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Assuming the opportunity (your really need a private charter or your own boat) a visit to the island is definitely worth your time - there something to be said about these abandoned constructions and relics. Sometimes spoiled by partiers but definitely worth your time !

Thank Alex T
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

I went to Chac about 10 years ago when my grandparents has a yacht in T&T. I was only about 11 at the time, and we spent a week out there. We were the only yacht and visitors there and I remember it being eerie but all fantastic. The whole island is abandoned. You can look through all the old houses, fire station, hospital etc, and I remember there being a strange feeling. There's a graveyard for the nuns and doctors who worked there, and I just remembered how it felt magical. Everything, except the hospital which broken glass bottles had been smashed across the hospital was in tact. You could even look through the hospital record book. It was hugely overgrown but I really want to go back there and take my children there, hopefully, it will still be there by that time. I would advise anyone who goes to T&T especially those with children to visist there. Not only for the overgrown, abandoned society but for the waters around it. I remember one night lying on the deck and looking at the stars- obviously there was no light pollution and I've never seen so many stars in my life. It lit up the whole sky, like it was day. Going swimming around the island, we saw dolphins, turtles, eagles rays and a variety of exotic fish.

11  Thank Keren W
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Located at the edge of the Bocas, this island is quiet and deserted save for other bathers or boaters. While Scotland Bay and others tend to overflow with loud partiers, this is a rarity here. There are beaches on different sides of the island, but the best are closeby the jetty. Go through the treeline straight from the jetty and you find a clean beach facing Venezuela just 7 miles away with good snorkeling off the beach and calm waters. The other beach is reached when going up the lighthouse road and taking a steep dirt path to the right and you come out on a clean, shallow beach. Other beaches are relatively inundated with trash and manchineel trees, so beware. The island is best explored with a guide. Trekking to the Leper colony ruins is a worthy trip. Another option is the lighthouse at the top of the road that starts right off the jetty. Keep in mind, the road to lighthouse has little to no shade so bring water and a hat as you will bake in the sun on the walk up. Views from the lighthouse show you the bocas, Gulf of Paria, of Trinidad, and Venezuela. When visiting the island, you need to bring all your gear and supplies as there are no facilities anywhere on the island. Functioning cell phone for emergencies is a must as well. It's an island steeped in history, and absolutely worth a visit.

1  Thank Traveler O
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

I visit Trinidad about once every two years to visit a friend living there. I was luck enough to be able to dive off their boat to swim through amazing waters and walk up onto the island. Explored fascinating old ruins and tracks and it really was just a unique and special place. Highly recommended!

Thank Artybetty1
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