7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Tobago

by Travelbag on 02 February 2017, 17:02PM

Tobago is often thought of as the traditional Caribbean isle, offering everything that epitomises the Caribbean way of life. You might initially want to visit for the beautiful beaches, but you’ll quickly come to find why it’s so popular among people of all walks of life; romantics, adventurers, and nature lovers.

Birds

The island of Tobago is a bird spotters' paradise, home to over 450 species of the feathered delight. The cheerful and vibrant birds have long offered a source of joy on the island, and have now become one of the island’s most popular activities. A firm favourite among spotters' is the island's national bird, the scarlet ibis. This big red bird is loved for its large flock numbers and bright eyes.

Rum

Tobago has always been an important land for the production of sugarcane and, since the end of the 18th century, the alcohol formed from the sugar cane. Rum has been a quintessential part of Tobagonian life ever since. Where would bartenders be today if doctors hadn’t used rum to limit the symptoms of high fever? Today, rum accompanies all of Tobago’s celebrations.

Beaches

Tobago’s main draw are the beaches and it’s no surprise, as they are sun-drenched and range from beautiful, white-coral Caribbean powdered sands, to the black, volcanic Atlantic coast. Some of our highlights include: Pigeon Point, this is perhaps Tobago’s poster boy of beaches and symbolic of what it offers; Englishman’s Bay, a gorgeous secluded beach with emerald forest and crystal blue sea; and Turtle Bay; a mile-long, sloping beach famous for its nesting turtles.

Nylon pool

The Nylon Pool is an offshore sandbar where the water is only 1 metre deep and so still that it forms a beautiful blue pool. The pool was apparently named by Princess Margaret who said, “It’s so crazy-blue, it looks like nylon” and so the name was born. Urban legend will have you believe the sands have a rejuvenation property to them, rub it on and you’ll look 10 years younger… we’ll let you decide how true that is.

Tobago Main Ridge Forest

This breath-taking rainforest hugs Tobago’s volcanic spine and remains almost totally natural. This au-natural style has allowed the forest to keep some of its more aesthetic features, and stunning views such as the Argyle Waterfall. After being proclaimed a national forest in 1776 it became the first Forest Reserve in the western hemisphere.

Goat racing

Tobago is known as the ‘Goat Racing Capital of The world’ and yet it’s still regarded as a peculiar event on the Island. It started in 1925 as a poor man's alternative to horse racing, and has since become a vastly popular pastime. The race takes place every year on the Monday and Tuesday following Easter Sunday. While the race still has jockeys, the jockeys do not mount their goat, instead, they run alongside the goat all the way to the finish line.

Under-water life

The seas surrounding Tobago are awash, if you’ll pardon the pun, with diverse marine life creating dive sites unlike most places in the world. The dive sites are great for all levels and Tobago’s coastline offers divers the chance to see 33 types of coral, including the world’s largest known brain coral! Our favourite dive site is ‘Flying Reef’, thanks to its shallow waters, forests of coral and array of sea-life such as turtles, eels, angelfish and so much more.  For those of you who are not the greatest of swimmers, there’s always a glass bottom boat ride.

 

Find out more about the paradise known as Tobago or about booking your dream holiday, here. Alternatively, you can talk it through with an expert and have it perfectly tailor made to your tastes.


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