Cannon at Fort George
Beach at Sunset
The small sister
island Tobago lies northeast from Trinidad and life here is very
contemplative. The relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere makes it
the ideal place for a peaceful holiday. Tobagonians do have a
sense of humour and dignity that will allow them
to accept visitors with welcome
The main tourism
concentrates in the proximity of the international Crown Point airport.
The further one departs from there, the calmer the island is. The
center of the island is a mountain comb covered with rain forest, and
in the northeast of the island are only small villages.
It's great fun to hike from one town to the other, to relax in local pubs and to meet open and friendly people.
is a good choice for a first trip to the Caribbean. There is a wide
range of accommodation, even a backpacker hostel is available, and
prices are moderate. Most visits to Tobago are trouble free, but you
should maintain at least the same level of security awareness as you
would in bigger cities.
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The islands capital straggles along the waterfront and around a lively market laden with vendors selling colourful souvenirs. A
few interesting old buildings and some traditional wooden
houses on stilts cling to the hillside. Fort King George from the 18th-century lies above the
city near the hospital and offers wonderful coastal
views. Several buildings have been restored and the
island's colonial past is exhibited in a small museum. The
still-functioning lighthouse uses an impressive lead crystal,
prismatic Fresnel lens.
Buccoo is a small fishing village with a long unpopulated beach.
Glass-bottom boats go to the famous Buccoo Reef and to the Nylon Pool.
Every Sunday night at 8 pm starts Sunday School, a noisy
street party where tourists and locals come together. Goat and Crab
races are held here on Easter Tuesday.
Plymouth Mystery Tombstone
In Plymouth is
the Mystery Tombstone of Betty Stiven who died, probably during
childbirth, in 1783. The headstone has an enigmatic inscription: She
was a mother without knowing it, and a wife, without letting her
husband know it, except by her kind indulgences to him.
Vale is a former sugar plantation. The old Sugar Factory represents one
of the best preserved examples of eighteenth and nineteenth century
production technology in Tobago. The Arnos Vale Waterwheel is
located on the northern side of Plymouth and remains in remarkable
condition. There is a small museum, a souvenir shop and a restaurant. A
good place to watch birds is the Arnos Vale Hotel.
highest waterfalls are located near Roxborough, about a 15 minute walk
from the main road. A series of falls go all the way up the
mountain, each with its own deep cool pool. You can choose from
several different natural pools to bathe in. The largest is at the
best known restaurant in Tobago is Jemma's Treehouse. It was build
around a seafront almond tree. The restaurant offers great views of
Goat Island. Many tour parties stop here and it can become extremely
This small fishing village is known for its
fantastic diving. There is a lookout, from where you can see Speyside, Tyrell's Bay,
Little Tobago and Goat Island.
This small island is located off the village of Speyside and
also known as Bird of Paradise Island. It is home to one of the most
important bird sanctuaries in the Caribbean. It is an important
breeding site for seabirds such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Audubon's
Shearwater, Brown Booby, Brown Noddy, Sooty and Bridled Terns. The
Red-Billed Tropic birds are spectacular from October to June. The only
way to get to Little Tobago Island is by small boat.
About 60 % of the island's fishing catch comes from
Tobago's most northerly town. You an watch the fishermen gutting their
catch at the fishing cooperative in the middle of the village. In the greater Man O' War Bay at Charlotteville
lies the beautiful Pirate's Bay. The romantic beach is surrounded by rainforest.
Tobago is popular for her beaches Pigeon Point, Store Bay, Mt.
Irvine Bay, Englishman's Bay and the great Courland Bay. The loose
white sand and the sparkling blue-green waters are a sight to behold. A
trip in a glass bottomed boat, which operates at various points - Store
Bay, Bucco and Pigeon Point - can take you to the famous Bucco Reef and
the unforgettable Nylon Pool.
Some boats are used as "party cruises". They take you on short
trips, while being entertained with local music and lots of food and
drink. You can eat and drink to your heart's during you sail through
the serene waters of Tobago.
The most popular beach is Pigeon Point near Crown Point airport. It has white sand, palm trees, a snack
bar, boats and water sport facilities. The water is shallow and calmer than anywhere else on the
island because the point is protected by nearby Buccoo Reef. There is a small
entrance fee for use of the changing rooms and thatched shelters.
Quiet and casual Store Bay, at the southwest end of
the island has powdery white sand and a
lifeguard. The beach is fringed with palms, and the turquoise
water is crystal clear.
The Caribbean Coast is calm and sheltered, the Atlantic Coast windier
and rougher. Driving up the east coast from
Pigeon Point you pass Mount Irvine Bay, Stonehaven Bay and Courland
Bay. Mount Irvine gets many surfers. Back Bay, just beyond
Plymouth, is quiet and secluded. Further along the coast are King Peter's Bay near
Runnemede, Castara Bay, Englishman's Bay, Parlatuvier Bay and Bloody Bay.
Road along the Atlantic Coast will tempt you with beach after beach. Canoe
Bay near Crown Point is shallow and calm and perfect for families with
children, while Petit Trou is a long, breezy walking beach. Bacolet
Beach, just beyond Scarborough, is small and secluded. At Minister Bay
you can sometimes watch surfers. At the northern tip of Tobago lies
Pirates' Bay near Charlotteville.
Tobago with its lush tropical rainforest and
magnificent waterfalls is the perfect location for those who love to
hike and explore a tropical island. The best hiking time is the early
morning and the late afternoon. At this time you see the most birds and
the sun is not so hot.
has a wonderful natural life without poisonous snakes or other
dangerous animals. It is still relatively unspoiled, particularly in
the east of the island. It's easy to meet
locals and have a chat with them. Sometimes you will meet local men
walking along the road with large cutlasses or machetes. They look
dangerous, but they are just returning home from clearing some bush.
Discover the beauty of the coral gardens around Tobago's north-east
coast and the fish-rich west and south coast. With excellent sight and
alive reefs, which are closely over-rampantly grown of multicoloured
corals and sponges. Playful manta rays with a span of three meters,
dares gladly an underwater dance with the divers.
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Pigeon Point Beach
Pigeon Point Beach
Mount Irvine Bay Hotel
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