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Receive a warm welcome on this laid back island said to have inspired Defoe’s famous novel, Robinson Crusoe.
Tobago, one of the Caribbean's most southerly islands, is a tropical paradise with captivating scenery, friendly islanders and picturesque beaches. As well as winning prestigious awards for its remarkable eco-credentials, this wonderful island boasts a quiet, simple and relaxing way of life.
- Tobago is a much safer bet for year-round good weather than some of the other Caribbean islands as it lies south of the hurricane belt
- From deep sea and offshore fishing to nature walks and turtle watching, plenty of activities await here
- Discover forests, waterfalls as well as picture-perfect beaches
- Tobago's capital, Scarborough, is the place to go to learn about the island's colourful history
- The heavenly Pigeon Point is considered by many to be Tobago’s most beautiful beach
Best time to visit Tobago
The Caribbean has become a popular year-round destination with temperatures ranging between the high 20s and low 30s. The dry season is from December to June, while the wet season is from July to November when showers are likely and the humidity levels are high. What’s known as ‘hurricane season’ runs from June to November.
Tobago holiday highlights
The verdant island of Tobago is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems and boasts a pace of life that is so slow it is practically stationary. . . this is a land where time is of little importance. Not as frequently visited as its neighbours to the north the island is no less exotic with palm-fringed, picture post card beaches and the Western Hemisphere’s oldest protected forest reserve.
The island’s emerald interior provides a striking backdrop to both the gold-sand beaches nudged by crystal clear waters in the south west and the wind and wave pummelled cliffs of the east. The lowlands of the southeast corner play host to many of Tobago’s hotels and resorts, as well as some of the island’s best beaches, restaurants, bakeries and bars.
Pigeon Point & Buccoo Reef
Pigeon Point boasts a long expanse of talcum white sands and the iconic thatched jetty – an image synonymous with this Caribbean paradise. The nearby Coco Reef Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for a luxury holiday. The famous Buccoo Reef, lying just north of the Pigeon Point, teems with vibrant marine life which is best observed either on a glass bottom boat trip or on a snorkelling expedition.
The capital city Scarborough rises up from its harbour, the sight of many historic sea battles between the island’s warring colonisers. For a far-reaching view of the city, its port and the Atlantic Ocean head to Fort King George, built by the British in the late 18th Century to defend the city from attack. The ruins of the fort now lie as testament to the threat posed by foreign invaders while the former guard house is home to a small museum that chronicles Tobago’s rich and colourful history.
Wildlife & activities
With over 220 species of bird found in a variety of habitats including tropical rainforest and mangrove swamps, it is no surprise that one of the island’s most popular pastimes is bird watching. Due to Tobago’s location, just ten miles from the coast of Venezuela, the island is home to an exotic array of vibrant species not seen anywhere else in the Caribbean.
Heading off the beaten track towards the north of the island visitors will soon be rewarded with deserted white, gold and black-sand beaches, quiet fishing villages, waterfalls secluded in dense rainforest and a dramatic and wind swept east coast. Meet Tobago’s inhabitants, a proud, self-sufficient and respectful group of people, hospitable to those that meet them with respect and good manners. A friendly and quiet greeting of ‘good morning’ to whomever one meets is a must for those wish to receive that magic Tobagonian welcome.