Have you ever visited a place, only to find after you leave that it has shifted your centre of balance? A place that exhilarates you from the very first sight? That you can barely tear yourself away from, because somehow you have chanced upon another world? Somewhere that, whenever you remember it, your very breath changes pace.
Before I visited Tobago, I thought I had seen some stunning beaches. Greece, Fiji, Australia, the Caribbean…so when everyone told me that Trinidad’s little sister island was gorgeous, I assumed that I would find more of the white sand beaches and clear acqua waters that I loved.
But no. On Sunday 5 September, I visited a beach of such breathtaking beauty, of such soul-clutching serenity, that I can’t stop thinking about it. In fact, even before I had pulled myself away for the long drive home, I felt this place shift my perspective forever.
Yes, emerald green.
So clear I could see the bottom (easily over 2 m under the surface) and the fish swimming beneath me. And, apart from some boats and about a dozen other people, I practically had this piece of paradise to myself.
After sinking into that cool, crystalline water, the colour changes immediately from clear to emerald until, around 20 m from shore, it drops down so deep, like an underwater cliff: your stomach leaps as you glide across that line to the dark abyss.
All around you, green trees and rocks climb out of the water and the bay wraps around you like an embrace from God. It’s almost as if He winked at me: “I suppose you never thought a place like this existed.”
I know one day I need to return to this paradise.
Some photo credits: tobagobeachvillas.com and xlab.co.uk