Scheduled Date: Sunday 10th July, 2016
One of Toco’s best-kept secrets is the place known as La Forêt or Forest Point. This magical isle situated 2km south of the Galera Point Lighthouse consists of a headland with a beach on either side. The landscape at La Forêt Point divided by a rocky peninsula 100 metres long and 25 metres high. This area is a lovely spot to sit on the rocks, fish and enjoy the soothing Atlantic Breeze. As with many of the North Coast beaches, they all have French names showing the historical significance of the Cedula de Population of 1783 whereby French Farmers migrated to Trinidad to develop the country.
Along the coastline, the vegetation made-up of secondary growth forest, which includes coconut and almond trees. This seascape is part of the larger L’anse Contre Bay, which was an estate. The constant pounding of the Atlantic waves leads to sea erosion of the loose sedimentary rocks. Over time this has caused a barrier reef to develop which protects the bay from the roughness of the ocean. The sand’s along the beach sparkle against a backdrop of towering granite boulders worn away by time. The picturesque Toco Forest Reserve with its fascinating background of lush green slopes compliments this breath-taking scenery.
The beach on the northern side of the headland is shallow with calm and relaxing waters. The rocks form Jacuzzi like salt ponds, which provide safe conditions for children and non-swimmers. The beach on the southern side of the headland is less protected and has gentle waves for swimming.
The walk to La Forêt will take approximately thirty minutes and is along a wide-open estate road, which is mainly flat and slopes gently towards the sea. The road shows signs once pitched but now turned to gravel and dirt. Along the path, the broad landscape provides limited protection from the sun’s radiation, and it is advisable to bring along an umbrella or a wide hat.
On Sunday 10th July 2016, Island Hikers visit the magical isle of La Forêt where the Toco Countryside generous spirit unfolds. For details contact Mario: 749 – 2956, Jamal 761-1889, Marcia 4902421 or visit www.islandhikers.com
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of Omeara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.
Depart by 7.45 pm to Galera Road Toco.
Hike starting location: On the Toco Galeota Point Light-House Road, pass the steel bridge and turn right for 1 km along a gravel road.
Bring a hat for sunshade and a litre of water.
Rating: 2 easy (1mile walk on a wide open dirt road)
The cost of the hike $50.00
Optional Maxi- taxi transport provided if required, please call to book $80.00
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798