Discover Tobago, one of the Caribbean’s most under-the-radar islands
Posted Nov 23, 2020
Looking for a Caribbean alternative to busy beaches and crowded restaurants? Let us introduce you to tiny, tropical Tobago.
It’s the place you go when you want to sit on a quiet beach in the Caribbean and not be surrounded by yachts and the party people who flock to them. From most major cities there’s a direct flight to Trinidad; from there it’s just a short hop to Tobago. With flights leaving nearly every hour, you’ll touchdown in paradise in no time.
The island is intimate, the culture is chill, the locals are friendly, and it’s very easy to get around. Over-developed, Tobago is not. Compared to other islands, Tobago feels decidedly more relaxed. Instead of chain stores, restaurants, and brand-name hotels, expect family-run businesses with abundant charm and personality to spare. Besides, you’re coming to Tobago to step off the well-worn tourism path to discover something different to share with family and friends back home. You’re coming to Tobago because you’re looking for an untouched, natural adventure that’s at times both adrenaline-inducing and supremely slow-paced, all in one stunning package, delivered always with a smile.
WHERE TO STAY
Visitors to Tobago will discover a variety of accommodation choices suited to their needs and budget. Choose from luxurious villas, like The Villas At Stonehaven, with breathtaking views and shaded verandahs with plunge pools, to family-friendly resorts, or even a quaint bed & breakfast.
The historic Mount Irvine Bay Resort is considered an on-island home-away-from-home by many. The painstakingly restored sugar plantation features one of the largest pools in Tobago and easy access to a sublimely serene beach.
A full list of accommodation options can be found at glance here. You’ll soon discover there really is something for everyone and every budget.
WHEN TO GO
Sitting comfortably below the hurricane belt, Tobago is known for its warm, tropical climate and year-round temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C, so there really isn’t a bad time to go. But for fellow Canadians who have to endure chilly winters, the best time to visit is between December and April. You’ll find the weather is temperate and not too humid.
WHAT TO DO
Visitors to Tobago can do as much or as little as their heart's desire. Looking to plant your self on a beach? No problem. The island boasts a bounty of beaches from the action-packed Pigeon Point to the sublimely serene Englishman’s Bay, voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. One step on the pillowy soft sand and you’ll quickly understand why.
But beyond the beach, there’s so much more to see and do.
Take a Hike
Tobago is home to the oldest protected forest reserve in the world. Main Ridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers nearly ⅔ of the island and is home to 260 species of birds. This must-see natural attraction offers ample trails ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. A visit to one of the island’s accessible waterfalls is also encouraged. Each requires a short hike, helping keep the crowds away.
If you only do one activity, don’t miss out on this National Geographic worthy adventure. Experience the magic of glowing plankton, one of the most unique things you will ever see in the ocean at night. These tours were created for every generation in mind, so those from ages 7 to 70 can delight in this astounding experience.
Despite the island’s small size, it boasts a big reputation for best-in-class Caribbean diving and snorkeling with sites for every experience level. The marine life is varied and its healthy reefs feature both hard and soft colourful coral.
Water lovers of all ages will no doubt want to add a stop at the famed Nylon Pool to their must-see list. Easily accessible by boat, this offshore sandbar features still waters that form a natural swimming pool in the middle of the sea. Legend has it these waters have a rejuvenating quality to them.
WHERE TO EAT
From fine dining to casual beach and street eats, going hungry isn’t an option. Food here is influenced by African, Indian, and European culinary styles. And, there’s an impressive range of restaurants offering both local and foreign food fare.
Ask anyone what the island’s must-try dish is and you’ll likely be steered towards curried crab and dumplings, with the beachside stall named Miss Trim’s being the most iconic outpost for this delicious dish. Some of my most memorable meals were enjoyed al fresco at places like The Fish Pot (we highly recommend the coconut cheesecake!), The Sea Horse Tobago, Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen, and La Tartaruga, a remarkably authentic Italian experience.
A mouthwatering list of abundant dining options can be found here.