If you’re looking for a relaxing family holiday, romantic break for two or an action and adventure holiday with a group of friends, Tobago has got it covered. With scenic beaches, lush green rainforest and a wide range of exciting activities, this tropical island should be a prime candidate for your 2019 holiday. One of the Caribbean’s top travel spots for many years, this place offers the ideal balance for tourists looking for a slice of island paradise without the thronging crowds. The atmosphere in Tobago is friendly and laid-back, so expect to come home feeling fully revitalised and ready to face the challenges of life with renewed energy. Whether you’re looking to wine and dine, take long treks through the lush rainforest or simply unwind by the waves lapping gently at the shore, you’ll find everything you need for a holiday to remember on this paradise island. You certainly won’t regret booking a holiday to Tobago in 2019.
The island’s natural beauty will instantly make you feel at one with nature. So don your walking boots and head off for a trek through the western hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest. The marine reserve of Buccoo Reef is one of the island’s top attractions when it comes to the underwater world. There are two ways to experience it; by getting onboard a glass-bottomed boat to enjoy views of the reef without getting wet, or by diving under the surface. There are hundreds of species of beautiful reef fish, giant manta rays and turtles inhabiting the 350-year-old reef system here.
Another popular attraction is Nylon Pool, a still lagoon with a natural swimming pool in the middle of the sea. Nylon Pool features deep ocean waters on one side and a stretch of palm tree lined beaches on the other, providing a paradise-like setting. To enjoy some of the island’s most spectacular wildlife, make a trip to Little Tobago, which is known as the Bird of Paradise island. This idyllic habitat is home to over 50 species of colourful tropical birds, making it a must-visit attraction for bird enthusiasts.
The gastronomy in Tobago is rich and diverse, featuring elements from a wide range of cultures. Expect to taste African, European, Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese influences during your holiday in Tobago. Some of the most distinctive foods of Tobago are Creole dishes, which include plenty of hearty, rice and meat based meals, one pot rice dishes and meat stews. The island is a foodie’s dream, with the opportunity to try a huge selection of fresh seafood, barbecued meats and classic Creole dishes including pelau. Some of the most loved dishes on the island include lobster, which is freshly caught and very affordable. Where better to try it than at a beach-side restaurant as the sun goes down on paradise? For breakfast try a savoury breakfast made with bara, or fried fish, and chana, or curried chickpeas, with light spices or chutney.
Tobago is one of the most family friendly destinations in the Caribbean, with gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches and an excellent variety of family friendly attractions. As many families are limited by school holidays, a holiday in Tobago is a great choice of Caribbean destination as it has year-round pleasant weather. Lay your towels on any of Tobago’s palm-tree lined beaches and enjoy watching the kids splash around in the safe water. Then, if they’re up for it they can go out snorkelling or try some water sports. All you have to do is find the perfect spot for your sun lounger and make sure you take enough photos to remember the holiday. For a fuss-free day out with the family, head to the island’s capital, Scarborough, to explore a wide range of craft stalls selling leather baskets, intricate wood, jewellery and clothing.
Action & Adventure
Tobago is an excellent holiday destination for active holidaymakers, with year-round gorgeous weather, plentiful beaches and clear waters. It is the ideal setting for almost all beach and water-based outdoor pursuits, including swimming, paddling, snorkelling and diving. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, you can go trekking or running along the beach, explore the lush rainforest areas or play a number of outdoor sports including tennis, beachball, volleyball, badminton and cycling. Speyside is another great place to visit if you’re looking for an active day out. From here you can hop on a glass-bottomed boat tours, learn to dive or hire a kayak.
If you’re keen on animals then head to Tobago’s Stonehaven, Great Courland and Mount Irvine Bays, as they are known for their sightings of turtles during the nesting season. Then, check out Main Ridge Forest to try and spot the island’s 220 types of bird, iguanas, tropical plants and agouti during an exhilarating forest trek.
Tobago is one of the main competitors for the title of best Caribbean island for beaches, with a huge selection of gorgeous sandy beaches with clear azure blue waters. One of the best is Pigeon Point, a narrow white sandy beach lined with trees. The beach has a series of fishing huts on the side, with a manicured beach amenities area further along the island with plenty of bars and a restaurant. Pigeon Point is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Tobago too, with calm warm waters and lifeguards on patrol giving you added peace of mind.
For a different beach experience, try heading to Englishman’s Bay, a scenic bay with golden sandy beaches and a backdrop of rainforests. The clear waters around Englishman’s Bay are ideal for exploring the fascinating marine life. Tobago’s Bacolet Bay was the setting of the iconic Disney film Swiss Family Robison in 1960. This romantic, secluded beach was frequented by Hollywood stars in the 1950s, including Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum. This is another popular beach with families, thanks to the gradually sloping sea floor.
Formerly a more relaxed island, Tobago has now developed a sophisticated and vibrant nightlife scene with a wide selection of clubs, casinos, open-air party areas and bars to suit all tastes. Whatever style of nightlife suits you, you’ll find it on holiday in Tobago. Whether you’re looking to play a few games of poker or stay up all night dancing until dawn, you can do all of it here. One of the most affordable ways to enjoy a fantastic night out in Tobago is to start by visiting one of the island’s bars with happy hour drinks deals. Alternatively try the Chart House, where you can enjoy a cocktail at the poolside open air bar and watch the sun go down over Store Bay. For a sports bar vibe, head to Bar Code or Pino’s in Scarborough where you’ll find big screen TVs and friendly sports enthusiasts for company. If it’s just you and your loved one on holiday in Tobago then a romantic dinner by Stonehaven Bay is called for. Book a table at the Pavilion Restaurant or Seahorse Inn, both of which offer incredible views.
Tobago is arguably one of the most romantic locations in the Caribbean. Whether you’re going on your first couples’ holiday or celebrating a special anniversary, Tobago has everything that you need for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime romantic break with your loved one. There are a number of tranquil beaches on the island that give you that ‘all to ourselves’ feeling, away from the bustle of crowds. Then take a stroll around Castara, a quaint fishing village with stunning wildlife including vibrant green lizards, romantic pink trumpet flowers and buzzing hummingbirds. To see something really special, time your visit to coincide with the Moriah Ole Time Tobago Wedding Festival. You’ll have the opportunity to see large groups of couples in their wedding day finery, dancing to traditional Tambrin music, as a celebration of their eternal love and commitment to one another.
Although many people think of Trinidad as the Carnival capital of the Caribbean Islands, Tobago certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to parties. The most notable cultural event here is of course the famous Carnival, which features parading costumed bands, carnival floats and loud live percussion alongside plenty of dancing in the streets. Timing your holiday in Tobago to coincide with this festival would be a fantastic idea; you’ll feel instantly uplifted as soon as you hear the exotic music floating down the streets. The atmosphere is electric and you simply won’t be able to stop yourself from busting a few grooves to the beat.
Other cultural highlights through the year include the Tobago Jazz Experience, which, in the past, featured headline shows from Diana Ross and John Legend. Another festival to note is the Tobago Heritage Festival, which tells the story of Tobago’s history through stunning artistic performances.