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Stretching north from Fort Bennett, Great Courland Bay has two beaches: Grafton Beach, to the south, and Turtle Beach.

The later gets its name from the fact that it is a prime location for nesting turtles. Three species of sea turtles nest here: the giant leatherback, the green and the hawksbill.

The turtle nesting season runs from January to September, with activity peaking between March and June.

The luxurious hotel in the middle of the beach was called the Rex Turtle Beach back in 2000 when I visited. It now calls itself the Starfish Tobago; presumably as, even in these more ecologically aware times, people are less bothered about disturbing a few starfish than they are about turtles.