Holidays to Tobago

Tobago holidays combine the natural beauty of an island paradise, the world’s oldest protected rainforest, and natural habitats for some of the world’s most exotic creatures, with a rich history and friendly people. By day, Tobago heats up with outdoor activities that give way to the island magic of calypso music blended with African drums as the sun sets.

Unspoiled by modern high-rise resorts, tourists on holidays to Tobago can explore the pristine coral reefs that famed underwater explorer, Jacque Cousteau, returned to repeatedly. Tobago, known as the Galapagos of the West Indies, is believed by some to have had its leisurely pace and stunning beauty captured by no less than Daniel DeFoe in Robinson Crusoe. It is the nesting place of the endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtles, and is the protected sanctuary of over 210 species of birds and home to many other forms of wildlife.

Tobago holidays are a lush experience with hiking trails leading into the verdant green mountains of the rainforest. Nature walks through undeveloped flora and fauna, or scuba diving off the largest “brain” coral reefs in the world are both very popular.

Other visitors on holidays to Tobago may prefer viewing marine life from a glass-bottomed boat, or trying their hand at sport fishing, snorkelling or swimming in the pools under cascading waterfalls. For the golf enthusiast, there are two stunning courses created around the island’s many woods, beaches, palm trees, mangroves and lakes.

The history of Tobago is varied and rich, with influences from Spain, Britain, France, and Sweden among others. Visitors to Tobago can see reminders from the past as they view crumbling sugar plantations or see the island’s history on display at the Tobago Museum, located in the Barrack Guard House of Fort King George. The museum houses the history of the early settlement by Amerindians: military artefacts and the yellowing parchments of territorial documents are all on display.

The Kimme Museum is a popular stop on Tobago holidays. Known locally as ‘The Castle,’ it is the home of Luise Kimme, a celebrated artist who carves larger-than-life sculptures from whole tree trunks. The museum displays her stunning creations from the trunks of cedars, cypress, lime and oak and some of her pieces are located in different parts of Tobago.

For those who wish to experience the unspoiled beauty of the island, there are several beaches where the only companion you will find is a parrot or two. Englishman’s Bay lies on the edge of the rainforest, making a dramatic curving sweep into the island. Castara is a tranquil beach where many of the Tobago islanders live and work. Mount Irvine has a scattering of trinket sellers. For a livelier scene, Tobago offers Pigeon Point and Store Bay where modern facilities and beach vendors are available.

At night, the island transforms, with panoramic sunsets sinking into moonlit nights, perfect for lovely strolls along the sand. One can also choose to join in Tobago’s vibrant nightlife and enjoy a delicious rum punch or sample the island’s locally brewed beer. Enjoy!


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