Chaguaramas Boardwalk Activities

On the Chaguaramas Boardwalk some unscheduled and impromptu activities that can engage a visitor are bird watching, jogging, lounging, sky watching and strolling; other possible unscheduled activities are swimming/bathing, model auto racing, picnicking, kayaking, miniature golf and fishing. Yoga, Fish Broth Competition, Flea Market and Independence Day Celebrations with Fireworks are some know scheduled activities; otherwise activities are organized with the auspices of the Chaguaramas Devlopment Authority.

  • Bird Watching--Amongst the birds likely to be seen at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk are sea birds: the Brown Pelican, Gull, Tern and Magnificent Frigate Bird; wading birds: the Southern Lapwing, and Cattle Egret, both invasive species, Heron and the Sandpiper; and raptors: the Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, and the Osprey (a large hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish).

  • Fishing--Hand-line fishing or cast fishing with bait or lures on rod and reel at the Tembladora low sea wall, at the southern end of the boardwalk, is a regular sight. Grey Snapper, Haemolon Parra, and Lane Snapper are some species that can be caught. The best fishing is at high tide and--some go further to say--between late afternoon and early evening.

  • Jogging--A jogger can complete a 5 kilometer course in less than eight laps of the boardwalkˈs700m+ rubberized track that loops from just above the Kayak Centre and on the inside of the Western Main Road, heading north, just above the vendor plaza, bearing westward, then on the inside of the boardwalk, heading south, back to the Kayak Centre.

  • Kayaking--From the Kayak Centre paddle, using a double-bladed paddle, across Williams Bay to Pier I, approximately 478m westward, or, the more challenging, 2.18km to the south west to Pointe Gourde in a fiberglass or plastic kayak.

  • Lounging--Idle some time away seated at one of the larger decks or other sitting areas.

  • Model Auto Racing--Remotely (radio control) steer or race a model, gas powered vehicle around an off-road dirt track, in a 25x14 meters enclosure.

  • Pedal Boating--On an artificial pond ride pedal boats, small watercrafts suited for calm waters, driven by human pedal action turning a paddle wheel.

  • Picnicking--Picnic in a gazebo outfitted with benches, counter and running water with seascape views of Williams Bay.

  • Sky watch--Observe an orange sunset over Hartˈs Cut, a waxing or waning moon, seasonal ascendance of the constellations--Spring: the Big Dipper, Orion and Pleiades; Summer: Scorpius, Libra and the Big Dipper; Fall: Andromeda, Pegasus, Aquarius, Sagittarius, and Libra, Winter: Orion, Pleiades, Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pegasus--or the planets--easily recognizable are Venus, Jupiter, Mars--tracking the ecliptic, more visible above and to the west.

  • Strolling/Promenading--A leisurely walk, whilst bay watching, sky watching, bird watching, day dreaming, talking, stopping, etc., along the full length of the boardwalk, from the small beach at the western end towards Tembladora at the south eastern end and back, would take about 40 - 50 minutes (43 - 54 minute mile), a distance of .92 miles. On the other hand a brisk walk (12 minute mile) should take 11 minutes.

  • Swimming/bathing--mainly weekend beach goers utilize the slim beach at the western end of the boardwalk for swimming/bathing. The near shore is shallow and a bather can walk far out into the bay. The waters are usually clear and calm with gentle waves but become murky with sediment and debris in the rainy season and sometimes polluted with petrol from boats using the bay and mooring at Pier I. Life guards are posted 10am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

  • Water Play--dodge and dance amongst jets of water erupting from the floor of a 9 meter diameter children's water play zone, just north of the Kayak Centre.


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