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Things to see and do
The most laid-back of our Caribbean islands, legend has it that Tobago was Robinson Crusoe’s island. Whether that’s true or not, you wouldn’t mind being shipwrecked here. With its protected rainforest, coral reefs and rare bird species, Tobago is truly a natural paradise, great for diving, snorkelling and exploring.
Take taxis or hire a car. The Reception staff will be happy to organise this for you.
No stay in Tobago is complete without a trip in a glass bottomed boat to see the Nylon Pool, a warm, shallow lagoon in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Trips also include a visit to the coral reef where snorkels and masks allow you to look at the beautiful tropical fish beneath the waves.
Fort King George
Built in 1779 by the English, this fort has been restored and occupies a commanding position on the cliffs behind Scarborough. There is a small museum here and it is a very romantic spot at night, when you get a moonlit view of a long stretch of the island’s coast.
Bird of Paradise
Trinidad and Tobago are both well-known for the diversity of their flora and fauna. Tobago is actually the only place in the Western hemisphere where you can see the Bird of Paradise. The rare bird is indigenous to New Guinea but 48 examples of the species were brought to the isle of Little Tobago at the beginning of the twentieth century when a former owner of island heard they were endangered. Regular trips to Little Tobago run from Speyside. Other birds on Little Tobago include terns, boobies and the red-billed tropic bird.
Great Courland Bay is the location of Turtle Beach where giant leatherback turtles, up to seven feet long lumber onto the beach at night to lay their eggs. The egg laying season is between March & July and The Trinidad & Tobago Field Naturalists Club organises nightly trips to the beach during the season.
Watch out for Tobago’s popular and hilarious sport of goat racing. The goats are actually quite fast although they have to be held by their owners to prevent them from escaping so the winning goat is usually the one with the fastest owner.
Rainforest & Argyle
Once you’re away from the coast, Tobago’s interior gives way to dense rainforest where huge trees blot out the sun and many of the island’s beautiful bird and plant life can be seen. At Argyle there is a waterfall in which visitors can bathe, once they’ve climbed up to it. Tours can be organised from reception and the rainforest is best experienced with a local driver.
This is Robinson Crusoe’s desert island (Tobago was the inspiration for the book) – an enchanted land of swaying palms, deserted beaches and secluded half-moon bays sheltered by coral reefs resplendent with underwater gardens. Scattered fishing villages, pastel hued houses, small and special hotels and easy-going people, all contribute to a feeling of total peace and quiet. Surprisingly, Tobago has a torrid past, having been the most fought over island in the Caribbean. Nowadays, however, you’ll find an innocence and a naturalness that is unique. Visit the famous Bucco Reef and Nylon pool – one of the wonders of the world!
Tobago is fast becoming one of the most sought-after scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean with diving to suit all qualifications and speciality interests.
You’ll find a number of excellent and reasonably priced restaurants on the island. The wonderful seafood, combined with the way the food is seasoned, make the cuisine on offer out of this world. Simply the best local food that you will find anywhere in the Caribbean.