National Geographic : 1953 Jan
© National Geographic Society 41 Kodachrome by Charles Allmon Paradise of the Caribbees: Surf and Coconuts Meet on Trinidad's Inviting Shores Columbus, approaching a Caribbean island in 1498, saw three closely grouped summits looming above the horizon. Fulfilling a vow, he christened his discovery "Trinidad" in honor of the Trinity. The island still bears that name; the peaks are now called Trinity Hills. To winter-weary northern folk, Trinidad offers dazzling white beaches, unbelievably blue seas, and shimmering tropical colors like those of Venezuela, only a few miles distant. This fine beach along Sena Bay, here deserted except for a Portuguese girl from Port of Spain, receives crowds of pleasure seekers on week ends. Not far away, automobiles speed at 50 miles an hour on the long, firm beaches of Cocos and Mayaro Bays.