Tobago may only be 42 kilometres across but it is one of the most unique destinations you could ever wish to visit. A stunning island paradise in the south of the Caribbean, it is a jewel in the crown of this area with idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters and incredible rainforest. Perfect for relaxing and exploring, there are plush hotels and tiny guesthouses to choose from as you mix with the friendly locals.
The whole coastline is dotted with small fishing villages as the interior rises with rugged mountains while the large town of Scarborough is the capital of Tobago. Much smaller than its sister island of Trinidad, it still offers plenty of punch with history, culture and biodiversity seen across the country.
Home to the oldest protected rainforest in the world, there is much to love about Tobago – and plenty to explore. The Little Tobago Seabird Sanctuary was used in David Attenborough’s “Trials of Life” series while the water is like a giant tropical fish tank where you can get up close and personal with the island’s coral reefs and aquatic life through snorkelling and scuba diving.
The beaches offer up a variety of options for couples and families on the island. From water sport hotspots to areas with restaurants and bars, to secluded hideaways for a lazy afternoon, there is plenty of choice throughout the country. Interested in bird watching? With more than 200 unique species of birds on the island you can get twitching while there is also whale watching on offer.
Robinson Crusoe is the most famous castaway in the literary world, and it was on Tobago that he lived with Man Friday in the Daniel Defoe novel. A trip down to Crusoe’s Cave at Crown Point gives you the chance to see a cave sunk into limestone that overlooks the Crown Point beach.
For great views and a coastal fortification built by the British in the 18th century you can head up to Fort James in the town of Plymouth. Made from limestone blocks you get to a wonderful panoramic of Great Courland Bay. Another military building, Fort King George, is found in the capital of Scarborough and was built in the 1770s. Today it is home of the fascinating Tobago Museum and is the perfect place on the island to watch the sun set.
Also in Scarborough, you can see the old Court House at James Square. A great Georgian building, it was built in 1825 and houses the government today. Back in Plymouth, you can see the Courland Monument.
The German-born artist and sculptor, Luise Kimme, moved to Tobago in 1979 and during this time, she took to defining Tobagonian art. Take a look around Kimme Castle and see her imagination and creativity first hand with hundreds of pieces.
The small villages of Spring Garden and Black Rock house two churches that were built by Moravian missionaries in 1852 and 1859.
Fancy an excursion off the island? A trip to the larger sister country of Trinidad is only a short hop away and it is a lively destination well worth a visit. The atmosphere changes here and the vibrant place is known for carnivals and calypso music.
Tobago is a tiny Caribbean island but it is full of flair, bustle and welcoming inhabitants that is an enticing mix for any tourist. Wonderful sandy beaches are dotted along the coastline, lapped by crystal clear water and the interior is stunning in a different way as the flat, pristine beauty makes way for rugged mountains and stunning rainforest.
Wherever you lay your hat, you won’t be far away from any of the attractions on the island, from spending your days sipping rum on a deckchair to getting out and kayaking through the mangrove swamps.
Tobago is a country that has gone through English, French and Dutch control and this colonial history is found throughout its borders. It is a beautiful place with plenty of history.
Things to do in Tobago
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Tobago is a small, laid back island. It is a stunning place where you can relax on the swathes of sand or explore the green rainforest. The hotels don’t ask for any formal attire so anything that is smart casual will be more than enough for the evenings. A few options of plain cotton or linen trousers will be useful as they will help to keep the mosquitos away and work well with a blouse or smart top for eveningwear. Don’t forget mosquito repellent!
The majority of your days are likely to be spent enjoying the sun on the private beach at your resort so swimwear, shorts, skirts, t-shirts and sarongs are the first thing to get in the suitcase. With the Caribbean heat in mind, these should come with a sun hat and sun protection cream to keep you safe throughout the day.
As a popular tourist destination, the shops and often the resorts will have all the extras you might need, including: batteries, razors, paracetemol etc so there won’t be a big drama if you forget any of these.
There are two main seasons in Tobago: wet and dry. They are both warm without being overpowering and benefit from low humidity during the day with mild evenings and cool ocean breezes. Throughout the year, the daily average temperature is touches 30ºC.
The dry season runs from January to May and you get sunny days with blue skies and occasional showers. For the rest of the year, June to December, it is rainy season and you often see sun in the mornings make way for a showery rainy afternoon before reappearing in the evening before sunset.
While many parts of the Caribbean suffer from hurricanes during rainy season, Tobago is a little closer to the South American mainland and benefits from being outside the path of these storms.
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