The pedestrian boardwalk at Williams Bay courses east then southeast from the CDA Estate Police post, at its current western extreme, for 2,437 feet (.46 miles) skirting the Williamˈs Bay shoreline and a seawall heading towards Tembladora. A stroll along the full length--if one ventures pass the barrier before the Kayak Centre--from the small beach at its western end to Tembladora and back again, will take 20 - 25 minutes: heading east, one treks by two lifeguard stations, decks (with sitting benches), coconut trees and public showers and restrooms; at the elbow in the path, where it turns south, straight ahead is the Boardwalk information booth, heading south, on the left, there is a police post, a remote car track, more decks, jogging track and seawall, open spaces, almond trees, miniature golf putting surface (a future attraction), children's water play area and then the Kayak Centre.
As well as its landscaped verges, presented to the stroller are the Northern Range to the northeast, with Morne Catherine to the northwest, then, a seascape view of Williams Bay: Hartˈs Cut1 and Pier 1 to the west, Pointe Gourde2 to the west southwest, Alcoa to the east southeast, Five Islands including Caledonia and Craig islands to the south, slightly west and behind them Nelson Island3, approaching Tembladora, Carrera Island4 can be better seen towards the west southwest, south of Pointe Gourde and, barely above the horizon, southeastward, the west coast of central Trinidad.
In the early morning, the Chaguaramas Boardwalk is shaded from the sun by the mountain to its east. Above is sky blue, toward the horizon is powder blue, beneath, the sea reflects the blue of the sky or, depending on conditions, is aquamarine or else sea green. By midday, on some days, a stiff breeze from the southeast may prevail creating small whitecaps, rustling leaves and carrying away light objects. Almond trees, with wide spreading branches, offer islands of shade from a noon sun. In the late afternoon, an orange sunset over Pointe Gourde is captivating. By night, light pollution is considerably less than Port of Spain and may afford a clearer view of the stars but restricted by the close mountains.
In Williamˈs Bay, at various times, there may be water crafts and activities: perhaps a jet skier; a windsurfer; kayaker; racing dragon boats; fishing pirogue, Laser, Optimist or Express dinghy with filled sails, or an offshore yacht, water taxi; and southward towards the horizon: a Tobago fast ferry (Port of Spain to Tobago) waking a trail of white water; shuttle vessel (barge), with alumina, heading for ALCOA, maybe escorted by a tug boat; a patrolling coast guard Fast Patrol Boat (FPB); or a loaded container ship, etc.
A stroller may be able to witness, if lucky, an Osprey snatching, with its talons, a fish from just beneath the surface of the water or, more likely, spot a web-footed Brown Pelican, Gull or Tern (any of them dive fishing), maybe, on the shoreline or in the shallows, when the tide is out, long-legged, wading Southern Lapwing, Heron or Sandpiper, or a Cattle Egret in grassy patches or, soaring on thermals above, during the day, magnificent frigate birds, turkey vultures and black vultures and, on the wing or congregating near people and competing for scraps, the common pigeon.
The opportunity may present itself, in the shallows, when the tide is out, to observe echinoderms, i.e., marine animals, typically recognized by their five-point radial symmetry, amongst them are starfish and sea urchins. Some other aquatic creatures known to be in the bay, are Haemulon parra5, Grey Snapper, aka Mangrove Snapper6, Checkered Southern Puffer7, Lane Snapper8, turtle grass, a species of marine sea grass, and Sea Anemone9.
- Keep a good pace when walking
- Stand to the side of the boardwalk if it becomes necessary to stop
- Donˈt get drunk on the boardwalk
- Donˈt feed the birds or other animals
- Observe flags and posted signs, particularly with regards to lifeguard bathing instructions.
- Put garbage in bins
The Boardwalk Project
The first phase of the Chaguaramas Boardwalk10, the west to the east leg from the beach, was opened May 2012--the fruition of an idea conceived decades before. The second phase, reaching towards Tembladora, but currently stopping at the Kayak Centre, was launched December 201411. As phase I and II of the boardwalk project have been completed, a further, phase III is intended from Pier 2, 2,000 feet (.38 miles), to The Military History & Aerospace Museum heading west, pass Chagville, for an overall boardwalk length of 4,425 feet (.84 miles).