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There are several lovely beaches concealed along the route to Maracas Bay. However, they are only accessible by hiking. These beaches are known as Saut D’eau, Pichon Cove, Mal D'estomac, Negmawah, Cyril, Lovers, Balata, and Marquette are part of the larger La Vache Bay. The vast landscape situated beneath the Maracas North Coast Road was at one time cacao estate however with the decline of the cocoa industry in the early 1900’s these lands abandon.
One of the beaches worth exploring is Pichon Cove. Over time, the constant pounding of the waves, caused sea erosion and pieces of the landscape to dislodge. The disperse rock formed a barrier reef and shelters the bay from the open sea. Pichon Cove is a fascinating destination with lots of exciting features and full of adventure. The sea formed and arch, and along the coast, there are small caves to explore. Overlooking the Cove, there is an overhang where fun-seekers can jump twenty feet into the ocean. A rocky peninsula divides the bay, and a favorite spot to fish is on the rocks.
On the eastern side, a unique feature is a waterfall that plunges thirty feet into the sea. There is the option to descend the rocks and go under the falls for a refreshing shower. Placed at the top of the falls there are small pools and cascades to provide a rejuvenating fresh-water rinse. The rainy season is the best time to visit when the waterfalls are in their full splendor.
The expedition to Pichon Cove starts from the other side of the valley in La Pastora Santa Cruz. The estimated journey will take 1 - 1½ hours and begins at the end of Blazney Street where the Stollmeyer Estate located. The first leg is a short thirty-five minutes ascend to the Maracas North Coast Road. At the top of the hill, lovely sceneries of the Santa Cruz Valley. The second leg is downhill on the other side of the road to the beach.
On Sunday21st July 2019 Island Hikers visit Pichon Cove.
Assembly: 7am Unipet Gas Station Upper Santa Cruz (at the Corner of Money Street & Saddle Road) opposite to Food Basket.
Hiking Time one-way: 1 - 1 1/2 hours
Note: Suitable for children seven years and up
Hike Starting Location: Stollmeyer Estate at the end of Blazney Road in La Pastora Santa Cruz.
Recommendations - 1 litre of water and durable shoe with grips
Security for parked vehicles $20.00
For more information contact islandhikers.com or Mario 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marcia 490-2421.