Tobago is cool, serene and green, with its lush tropical rain forests and the
mystery of her seas. Discover this wonderful Caribbean retreat:
Trinidad’s twin island Tobago is more calm
and peaceful. It is a place where time seems to slow down
- the days long and languid, the sky bluer, the
Come home to Tobago and restore your
undisturbed, tranquil and friendly ambience. It is carpeted in thick green rain forests
and graced with a backbone of rugged hills, offering spectacular views. Go diving with Mantas and
meet a people with a quiet pride and a relaxed way of life, rich folklore and
customs, and a unique history. This ideal getaway
is more popular with Europeans
The natives collectively refer to themselves as ‘Trinbagonians’;
they co-exist in harmony and with pride of their heritage. The national
psyche is one of peace, and their inherent enjoyment of life can be found in all
of their neighbourhoods.
Also known as Robinson Crusoe’s isle, Tobago was the Caribbean territory most
fought over by colonial settlers beginning in 1654. The island has been
coveted by the Dutch, the English and the French, because they all saw in Tobago
the gem of the Caribbean.
Tobago is a tiny island with a land area of just 300 km² (116 mi²), and is approximately 42
kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide. It is located at latitude 11° 9' N,
longitude 60° 40' W, slightly north of Trinidad. The population is 54,084
(2000). The capital is Scarborough, with a population of about 18,000.
While Trinidad is multiethnic, the population of Tobago is overwhelmingly Afro-Tobagonian,
although with a growing proportion of Indo-Trinidadians and Europeans
(predominantly Germans and Scandinavians). Between 1990 and 2000, the population
of Tobago grew by 11.28 percent, making it one of the fastest growing areas of
Located at the southern tip of the
Caribbean archipelago, the "little sister of Trinidad", a rural and peaceful
island, is only now seeing its surge in tourist development. Tobago, the
undiscovered jewel of the Caribbean, offers visitors an opportunity to
experience the simple but elegant life.
Getting Around There
Best option is to rent a car. You can also
hire a taxi and driver for reasonable rates with some effort.
Car rental in Tobago is easy to
arrange, and there’s plenty of choice of vehicles. Remember to drive on the left.
AC costs more but is worth it. The speed limit is 30mph (50kmph). Limited hours
and gas stations means you should take advantage to fill up when you can.Visitors with
valid driving licenses may drive in Trinidad and Tobago for up to three months.
Roads in Tobago are mostly very quiet; the main hazards here are
occasional pot holes and cows grazing by the roadside. Road surfaces are
excellent on major roads and passable on all but the most remote mountain
Always agree on fares for any taxi
journey in advance. The driver will expect a tip - 10%
Guide to taxi fares by
Modern Bike Rentals and Adventure
P.O. Box 122, Scarborough, Tobago
Tel: 001 868 639-3275
Fax: 001 868 639-9592
..summit-to-sea-level runs on sheer trails, barreling
through dense jungle and emerging on white-sand beaches. In the
knobby-tire world, this is loosely characterized as "island biking"
Places to Visit
Castara, Parlautvier, Englishman's Bay: all quaint little
fishing villages that are really interesting to see and explore.
Crown Point: Tobago’s tourism mecca is at Crown Point. Here you
will find many hotels, guesthouses and beaches. Store Bay is one of
the most popular beaches on the Island. Known for its excellent
snorkeling, it is a haven for brain coral, trunkfish, parrotfish and
baby squid. Families will enjoy Pigeon Point, where the waters are
calm and watersports, restaurants, entertainment and shopping are
all within close proximity.World
Pigeon Point Heritage Park is also here.
The small capital town of
Scarborough houses 18,000 locals.
The commercial centre of the island is better known for its shopping than it
Cruise passengers frequent this port of call
for shopping. Visitor attractions include the
Fort King George and
Tobago Museum where
you can find a fascinating if small collection of
Amerindian artefacts, satirical colonial prints from slavery days, and
African drums. Find the Tourism offices of the Tobago House of Assembly, on the
third floor of the NIB Mall.
Tobago’s biggest resort project can be
found at the Lowlands. The Hilton Tobago houses 200 guestrooms and a
championship golf course. The additional phases are scheduled to include a
120-berth marina and a yacht club.
Charlotteville on Man O' War Bay is Tobago's foremost fishing
community - more than 60 percent of the island's total catch is brought in by
local fishermen. Fifteen minutes' drive from Speyside,
will charm you with its attractive hillside houses and twin beaches. Charlotteville is actually one of Tobago's oldest communities,
first settled by Caribs and then by the Dutch in 1633. Increasingly popular as a
accommodation gets booked up quickly. In July, Man O' War Bay
is the site of Tobago's most popular fisherman's fete, held to celebrate
St Peter's Day.
Speyside is in northern Tobago. It lies on the leeward coast, across from the
island of Little Tobago (for which it's a departure point), 26 km NE of
Scarborough, overlooking Tyrrel's Bay. Diving on Tobago tends to be centered at
Speyside, almost diametrically across the island from the airport. The coral
reefs are much less disturbed than the more famous Buccoo Reef in southwestern
Tobago. This is world-class diving
home to the world's largest brain-coral, and the
enormous number of manta rays that are frequently encountered
Windward coast by rough guides > Windward
Road > Charlotteville
Castara is an attractive fishing village that's slowly developing a
nonchalant tourist-friendliness; low-key guesthouses are scattered on a
hillside, while visitors dribble in to swim at the marvellous beach or splash in
the nearby waterfall. Fishing remains the main earner at present, and the beach
is one of the best places to participate in the pulling of a seine net, still
in constant use by the supremely friendly posse of Rasta fishermen.
The village abandons its languid air each August, when the beach is packed with
revellers attending the Castara Fishermen's Fete - one of Tobago's biggest. It's
also the only place along this stretch of coast that has accommodation for the
foreign visitor. The Blue Mango cottages are the best option if you can afford
Eating & Entertainment
Tobago’s top restaurants are mostly between
Crown Point and Mount Irvine. Find the best nightlife in Crown
Visit this page for access to a comprehensive list of restaurants, including those
MyTobao likes: Arnos Vale Waterwheel,
Arnos Vale ||
La Terrazza, Buccoo
Bird Watchers, Speyside ||
Mauragarite's, Castara ||
Bonkers, Crown Point ||
Panache Creole, Crown Point ||
Cafe Coco, Crown Point ||
Ru-B-Lou's, Shirvan Road ||
Cappuccino Bar, Charlotteville ||
Salsa Kitchen, Scarborough ||
Ciao Café, Scarborough ||
Seahorse Inn, Grafton ||
Gails, Charlotteville ||
Sharon & Pheb's, Charlotteville ||
House of Pancakes, Bon Accord ||Shore Things,
La Tartaruga, Buccoo
Eating And Entertainment by roughguides
A Lowlands restaurant at the Oceanpoint Has recipes [* Callaloo * Oil Down*
Coconut Bake* Stewed Chicken* Jerk Chicken* Curried Chicken* Red Snapper* Crab
Backs ] and more online
|"Nobody goes to Tobago for
the nightlife. The island is so laid-back and relaxed that most people
are in bed by 10:30pm"
Agencies & Tour Specialists
Essentially Tobago provides active vacations featuring horseback riding, diving,
and sailing. We offer great villa accommodations.
Full service incoming tour operator at
the A Scarborough Cruise Ship terminal - handles cruise ships, hotel
representation service, island tours, rentals, weddings, and all
services on both Tobago and Trinidad. English and German spoken.
Personalized flexible itineraries and wide
selection of pre-arranged activities - transport, tour guide and hotel pick up
included. Taxi service, Auto rentals, airport shuttle, tours to Trinidad also
offered. 10% discount for On-Line bookings.
us for a vacation of fun laughter education and relaxation in an environment
of peace on the islands of rhythm and romance"
Your personal assistance in Tobago
Fun Tours ||
(868) 639-7461 | Fax 639-7564 Crown Point, Tobago
there is no room in heaven, just send me back to Tobago!"
Places to Stay in Tobago
Selection of self catering holiday
accommodation at villas, apartments, self catering and cosy guest houses
- in the Store Bay and Black Rock area. Variety of prices offered. Auto
rental services plus tours and activities available.
Trinidad & Tobago by Precision Reservations (5 in Tobago only)
On-line live operator and regular e-mail helps Precision regularly
exceed expectations in both price and service.
Houses by tntisland.com
caribbeanmag.com/Trinidad_and_Tobago/ ( 10 all on Tobago)
Places To Stay
close to 2,000 international standard visitor accommodation-rooms.
around the island's flat south-western end is where most Tobago hotels
are found. This is a popular beach region with Store Bay-Crown
Point-Bon Accord. Other popular holiday resort areas are at
Speyside, Charlotteville, Castara, Turtle Beach and Grafton Beach.
To the north, the roads veer into a tumult of hills, twisting up to a
virgin rain forest and swerving down to the small fishing villages where
a more traditional way of life can still be found
Atlantic Echo - Luxury villas, Tobago
Two luxury Villas on Tobago's Atlantic
Coast beside the Hilton Tobago, in a serene natural setting. Fully
serviced and completely outfitted.
Araliya Villa, Scarborough. www.myTobago-villa.com
A dream Tobago family holiday home rental
with all modern conveniences and Caribbean appeal. Located in upper
residential neighbourhood of Signal Hill, 5 minutes from Scarborough.
ADVENTURE ECO villas
639 –2839 (T) 639 – 4157 (F)
Host is Marion Mc Kay Adventure Farm & Nature Reserve, Arnos Vale Road,
Plymouth. Email:adventure @tstt.net tt$75US – Summer $92US – Winter per
person per night
Arnos Vale Hotel
Nestled against the gentle slopes of a 450 acre tropical paradise
teeming with rare and beautiful birds, the Arnos Vale Hotel itself
is set into the hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, whilst the
beautifully landscaped gardens slope gently down to a secluded, sandy
|"This is not a
resort for children if you want 'kids club' kind of stuff,
but there is a great pool, bar in the middle for us (!) and
the hotel is right on it's own beach. The hotel was lovely,
extremely peaceful, beautiful and spotlessly clean."
Birdies Nest Holiday
Apartments, Black Rock
3 Beach front apartments on Great
Courland Bay beach where turtles nest sunsets abound and starry nights
are gorgeous. Simple, clean, comfortable and BUDGET PRICED.
51 rooms Scarborough
|Blue Mango cottages
Location : Bay Road #2, Castara, be
surrounded by a tropical rainforest with exotic birds and fireflies at
You won’t need air conditioning or TVs or phones! Nature provides fresh
pure breezes and bird song and fantastic views all day long.
Blue Waters Inn by
38 rooms Batteaux Bay, Speyside
especially good for bird watching, with over 50 species of birds
commonly seen around the property throughout the year. The hotel is
located directly across from Little Tobago
cocoreef.com 135 rooms,
suites and villas, 114 have ocean views.
Coconut Bay, 6.5
Miles Northeast of Scarborough
Ideally set between two of Tobago’s most magnificent beaches;
to the West, Store Bay and to the East, the world famous Pigeon Point,
the hotel overlooks its own white sand Coconut Beach. The hotel’s
Classic Rolls Royce will pick you up at the airport.
|The Crown Point Beach Hotel
Tobago's most historic hotel where the rich and famous have stayed for
half a century. Built around 1961/2 just in time for Tobago’s worst ever
hurricane Flora to come along in 1963 and demolish its top floor. These
days many visit the hotel's modern Royalton Casino to try their luck.
Nature Retreat Cuffie-river.com romantic and secluded tropical
rainforest and exotic birding resort located at the edge of Tobago's main ridge
- the oldest protected tropical rainforest in the western hemisphere.
Enjoy exotic birding and tropical rainforest tours, romantic and secluded
weddings, honeymoon and anniversary experiences, comfortable accommodation and
Grafton beach resort
Rooms Black Rock Across from a lovely beach
Stonehaven Bay | Black Rock, PO Box 25, Scarborough "best
combination of hotel and beach on the island"
staff, good food and plenty of it. In our opinion the beach
was one of the best in Tobago (we visited
most of them). The rooms have all you need, although the
bathrooms are looking a bit tired but spotlessly clean."
Sep 25, 2006: Visitor from Berkshire, England
1 of 115+
reviews-click logo for more
TOBAGO 198 rooms 660-8500 Lowlands, Tobago Situated on 20-acres of gorgeous beachfront property
Located only a short distance from Tobago Plantation's 18-hole PGA-designed
golf course. There's full range of family-friendly amenities and
services especially for younger guests and parents like baby sitting
services and exciting children's program, which includes and interactive
learning center. Spa Amenities include massage, spa and whirlpool
|Horizons Tobago, Bacolet
4 luxury vacation rental apartments in
Tobago. 1 & 2 bedroom air conditioned apartments with patio, swimming
pool and gazebo in a tropical landscape.
|Humming Bird Hotel, Crown
A small, intimate Caribbean hotel near
two popular Tobago tourist beaches Pigeon Point and Store Bay - 10
comfortable rooms, swimming pool, restaurant
Kariwak Village Hotel and holistic haven
|"Jimmy's is great!
Cheap, Clean, Cheerful.
Family run by Jimmy and his daughter. We have stayed twice
now, but have know them for 10 years.
Look out for The Professor in Jimmy's restaurant, he'll try
to getting you drinking at breakfast time!!
Tobago is paradise, and you don't need to stay in an
expensive 5 star hotel to enjoy the country"
Kariwak is a special place - 24 room
holistic hotel providing all comforts, pool, large garden jacuzzi, open
air restaurant and bar with weekend entertainment. Kariwak's cuisine
features fresh ingredients using it's garden herbs. Holistic activities
include massage, yoga, TaiChi, meditation and gentle exercises. Meeting/conference
facilities Store Bay Local
Road, Bon Accord
7 rooms Lowlands
Mount Irvine BAY HOTEL
www.mtirvine.com 105 rooms at Mt. Irvine
|"We had a
wonderful time at the naturalist. The hotel is litterally 15
sec from the beach. It's a small resort that is ideal to
relax. It is located in a small fishermen village and you
can hear the sea when you're sleeping. Ancle (the manager)
is a very relaxed and interesting man and the staff is like
everyone else in Tobago...cool and not in any rush. Just
take your time and enjoy...We loved everything about
it...and the food is GREAT. Try the nearby restaurant, the
Almond Tree, where Vera will cook the best fish in
Tobago Ocean Front Hotel Very good accommodation that is reasonably priced and
the best hotel web site in TnT.
Located in the Lowlands: Just eight minutes
drive away from the airport, five minutes drive away from Scarborough
(the bustling capital of the island), two minutes walk away from
Tobago's longest beach, and right next to a PGA designed Championship
Palm Breeze Villa, Bon
Unwind, relax and soak up the sun at this
luxury 3 Bedroom villa near Pigeon Point with palm trees, small pool and
private gardens. Restaurants nearby.
Patience Hill; with 3 rooms
Plantation Beach Villas, Grafton
6 luxurious colonial-style villas located
on the beach at Grafton. Receptionist and full villa service plus beach
bar with pool. Honeymoon specials - island weddings arranged.
condos at 17b Tobago Plantations, Lowlands
Petit Careme Villa
Under a bamboo canopy teeming with birds
and forest life take the trail to a rainbow-coloured waterfall beside a
pretty river. Stay at our country Inn and enjoy this serene setting
Angela & Noel Sosa Golden Grove Road,Canaan.
[email protected] $30 - $50 US [in 2005]
Sandy's Bed and Breakfast, Scarborough
Cosy and comfortable bed and breakfast
home in Scarborough beside the Blue Crab restaurant - convenient for
Bacolet beach, the Fort, cruise port and ferry terminal, also day trips
around the island.
Grafton Road, Black Rock, Stonehaven Bay
Situated on a hillside just a few minutes from the beach – enjoying
stunning views of the beach, the ocean and amazing evening sunsets.
The resort consists of fourteen spacious and luxurious villas, all
with large living areas, 50 ft covered veranda, private pool, fully
equipped granite kitchen and three large air-conditioned bedrooms with
en suite facilities – the ultimate in luxurious living
|Rated #1 by
|"ONE OF THE BEST NEW
RESORTS IN THE WORLD! A PLACE WITH A RARE CONFLUENCE OF
STYLE, SERVICE AND SENSE OF WELL BEING"- CONDE NAST
suites + Villas
50 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums
Sunrise Apartments at Canaan
Newly built, well furnished holiday
apartment rental units in quiet Canaan - walk to No Man's Land beach and
Buccoo. Sunrise Car rentals offer holiday package deals.
|Daniel Boodram villa rentals
There are 4 Villas for short-term holiday
rental, all are modern in design and newly built with all amenities and
Villa Guest house
Villa with main house and 3 cabanas and
large pool, beautifully perched atop a hill with 360 degree view of
Caribbean sea and Tobago's countryside. Economical rates.
top ten by
|"Great rooms and
pool (even though it closes at 6PM as do many other pools on
the island). The food at the restaurant is very good and the
service overall was good. I would recommend renting a car if
you stay here or almost any hotel for that matter since the
beach is a bit of a walk and it is only one of the great
beaches that deserve your attention during the trip. "
|Lords Tobago guest house, Store bay
A quiet oasis in the midst of the Store
Bay area, Lords Tobago guest house has 6 cheerful rooms nicely
furnished. Very convenient for the beaches, airport, restaurants and
|Tobago Pink House - Narayana
Secluded Caribbean cottage beside hilltop
villa - private, restful, well furnished. Healing therapies and
treatments also available on site - packages can be arranged.
Sunset Reef Villa
4 ensuite air-conditioned bedrooms with
pool, maid service and Caribbean sea views. Fully fitted and furnished
villa with private grounds, tranquil setting, near the beach. Sleeps 10
persons. Airport pick up included.
Casinos offer a free hotel pick-up
- Royalton Casino, at Crown Point, t
631 8500.the newest
- Kaiso Club on Milford Road in
Canaan 631 1000.
- Crystal Palace is in Scarborough.