Mermaids in Matura River by Therese Chung in Sweet T&T, Sweet TnT, Trinidad and Tobago, Trini, vacation, travel

‘Mermaids’ in Matura Basin

By Therese Chung. There are many natural wonders at Matura situated on the north eastern coast of Trinidad – from turtle watching to hiking to swimming in mermaid pools. Matura Basin is also known as Mermaid Pool and, no guys, mermaids don’t live there but you feel as though the myth lives because the waters are refreshing and once you’re in, you never want to get out like mermaids.

My husband, family members, and friends packed swimwear and a change of clothes. Within 15 minutes, we had three cars loaded and on our way to this magnificent meeting place. I loved it, the journey, the discovery of natural beauty.

Hiked to Matura Basin as ‘mermaids’

We parked in the shade under a big tree and with our knap sacks secured, we were on our way to the Mermaid Pool. I did not know what to expect but life’s spontaneity is thrilling… we hiked through a trail which took about half an hour through pine forests. We headed in a downward direction with natural pools on the way to the Matura Basin. When we reached, we surrendered to the spring waters of Mermaid Pool. We sat there for hours, just cooling off from the athletic hike.

I did not want to leave this place. I was a mermaid in the tropics.

April 2014 – Issue 9   www.sweettntmagazine.com

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