A two-minute walk from the airport brings you to Crown Point’s best place to swim, Store Bay Beach. Named after early Dutch settler Jan Stoer, this is some of the most popular sand in Tobago, and deservedly so; it’s close to the main hotels, has tasty and inexpensive local food and is a great place to buy crafts from the many huts behind the beach. Store Bay offers up a lively scene: holidaymakers (many of them from Trinidad) consume vast quantities of curry crab and dumplin’ and keep the beach-chair operators busy, while glass-bottom boats load and offload groups of visitors in the bay.
Though fairly small and hemmed in by the Coco Reef hotel and the rocks, the beach is excellent: tides govern the extent of the fine, off-white sand, and lifeguards patrol the area flagged off for safe bathing. With a gentle shelf and crystal-clear water, a calm Store Bay is a good choice for adults and children – though be careful on rougher days, when waves get pretty big. Store Bay is the finishing point for the Great Race powerboat contest each August, as well as a venue for open-air parties around Easter weekend, and the bars opposite are a popular liming spot, particularly during and after sunset.
Opposite the beach there are a couple of bars blasting reggae and soca, an ice-cream kiosk and the row of shacks housing the irresistible cookshops where most people purchase their lunch.