Scheduled Date: Saturday 25th November, 2017
Hiking to Saut Deau Beach is never complete unless one experiences the walk through the village of Paramin. On the way to “ Barre La Vigie,” known as the top of Paramin there are so many fascinating sceneries. It is a pleasurable and memorable experience to meet and greet the friendly Paraminians. We will all miss Mr. Francis Felix Asson who lived in Paramin and was the oldest man in Trinidad and Tobago. He passed away just a few weeks ago on the 3/11/2017 at the age of 112 years 30 days. The trek through the village is a test of one’s fitness and although challenging the ambiance of the place makes it enjoyable. The journey begins at the Morne Coco Road Gas Station, and along the way, there is always something to catch one’s attention. To the east, fantastic views of Moka Golf Course, Maracas North Coast Road, Paragrant and Maraval Valley and to the west panoramas of Saut D’eau Island, Cameron, and Petite Valley. The source of the Blue Basin River originates from Paramin in a place referred to as Mia. A notable attribute is the richness of the hills, with lush vegetable gardens of chive, pimento, thyme, pepper, tomato, and cabbage. The crops cultivated on the steep slopes amaze visitors, and they stare how difficult a task this must be. The fresh mountain breeze at an altitude of 550 metres (1,800 feet) feels healthy and invigorating.
Paraminians are descendants of French and Spanish Heritage. Some of the elders still speak patois, and the streets in Paramin have French-Creole names La Finette Road, Bella Montage Road, Lale Road, Beau Pres Road and Morne Espoire Barre Bette Rouge. Roman Catholic is the dominant religion, and a place of interest is the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Bien Vini where on Carnival Sunday, there is the traditional patois mass. Paramin has a reputation for making the country’s best seasoning, and during the Christmas Season, the culture of the community comes alive with the Parang Festivals.
On the other side of the mountain is Saut Deau Beach. There are no roads to get there, and access is on foot down the rugged hills of Paramin. A landmark on the bay is the statue of the patron Saint Cion. However, the place now abandoned, but in earlier times there was a fishing dockyard, a wooden house, and a flourishing cocoa estate. Saut D’eau Island situated opposite to the beach remained uninhabited and used as a sanctuary for the breeding of pelicans and other rare species. Its jagged cliffs make access difficult and to visit requires a permit from the Forestry Department. Saut D’eau is a French word that means, ” jumping water, ” and on the western part of the beach, there is a picturesque waterfall, which drops 30 feet into the sea.
The expedition starts with a walk through the village to t Barre La Vigie meaning ” lookout point or crow’s nest.” This first part of the journey depending on one’s fitness will take between 1 -1 1/2 hours. The descent to the coast from the mountain crest is a further 2.6 km along a winding dirt path. A dip in the energizing water of the ocean is a must to refresh oneself. There is a stream flowing along the beach where to discover are waterfalls. The return climb to the summit creates anxiety and is a test of one’s fitness. The Saut D’eau adventure is the final hike for the year 2017, and we thank all for the support and wish everyone success and happiness.
On Sat 25th November 2017 Fitness Walkers trek to Saut D’eau Beach
Assembly: 6.00am at the Morne Coco Road Gas Station
Note: Trek starts 7.00am
Rating: 6 strenuous
Average hiking time one- way: 2 – 3 hours or depending on one’s fitness.
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