Tobago has been a hot spot Caribbean destination for years. This lush island lays claim to part of the economic powerhouse in the Caribbean. Although it plays host to many visitors every year it is not typically considered a “tourist” location. This area is a hub for vast oil and gas reserves and this has led to the high standard of living for some of its inhabitants. The northern beaches are peachy in color and the water is a sparkling blue-green. When you travel to Tobago, admire the backdrop of the mountainous Main Ridge and the island around it. In Tobago, you can always find excellent accommodations and amenities for any traveler. Enjoy the lush rainforest, the oldest protected rainforest in the western Hemisphere. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on Tobago, visit here. Now view our Tobago Travel Guide to help plan your next Caribbean vacation!
Tobago Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Trinidad and Tobago is from January to May when the skies stay clear. Although the islands aren’t on the hurricane belt, afternoon rain showers are daily occurrences from June to December. Hotels lower their rates to account for rainy weather during this wet season. At least the weather stays pleasant year-round: There’s little humidity and average temps hover in the low 80s.
Best Tobago Beaches
Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson was filmed here in 1960. It is a driftwood-strewn beach, overlooked by the Blue Haven Hotel. There is a large beach-hut bar, providing shade as well as drinks. The beach here gradually deepens, making it a great beach for families.
A long jetty stretches into the sea from the center of this beach. Small fishing boats are anchored in the bay, and you’ll see fishermen returning with their catches. You’ll also see boats sitting on the beach, some upturned, ready for repairs, giving a comfy feel to this beach.
This golden-sand beach is often empty. It is a quiet and secluded stretch of sand, but you will find Eula’s restaurant here. The clear water is great for snorkeling and exploring the marine life off the rocky headland jutting away from the sand.
This beach has all of the typical Caribbean amenities; swaying coconut trees, pearl-white sand, and aquamarine water, and its in southwest Tobago. If you haven’t picked a resort near Pigeon Point, just about everyone say you need to make a special trip to this beach for at least a couple of hours of beach time.
This secret bay is a 10-minute hike down. At the bottom is a small, heavenly beach, where you won’t see another soul. Long vines hang down from towering trees; wading birds hunt fish in the river; the waves break gently on the beautiful sand.
Tobago Tours & Activities
Glass Bottom boat Cruise at Buccoo Reef
Explore one of the Caribbean’s most accessible and colorful coral reefs on a glass bottom boat tour from Trinidad and Tobago. Set out from Scarborough in Tobago and cruise the Caribbean to Buccoo Reef, known for its vast array of hard and soft corals and sea life. Marvel at the underwater world of green loggerhead turtles, endangered leatherbacks and giant manta rays—as well as exquisite reef formations—beneath you from the comfort of above. Afterward, stop at the island’s popular ‘Nylon Pool’ for a swim in its shallow sandbar waters. Read more about Glass Bottom Boat Cruise at Buccoo Reef.
Full Island Tour (including lunch)
The Full Island Tour is the most popular tour among island visitors, and for good reason. While we do offer shorter island tours (such as the Highlights of Tobago Half-Day Tour), this all-day tour is the best way to make the most of your trip and really see what Tobago is about, including just enough history, culture and beach to satisfy everyone’s interests. Be sure to bring your swimsuits and some dry clothes so you can snorkel in some of the island’s breathtaking hidden bays. An authentic Caribbean lunch is included with the tour, an experience in itself. Read more about the Full Island Tour.
The Grand Circle Island Tour
The Grand Circle Island Tour is a private sightseeing “Dawn to Dusk” tour like none other that explores the entire island of Tobago in 11 to 13 hrs! It is custom-designed by you, based on your preferences. Explore both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, amazing waterfalls and pristine beaches! Hiking, bird-watching, snorkeling, picnicking, anything goes and is accommodated for, even a few seldom seen hidden gems. Read more about the Grand Circle Island Tour.
Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool Adventure
This spectacular Nylon pool tour has three stops. Depart the Buccoo Jetty and journey to the Buccoo reef where you can see some of the most amazing corals and fishes through our glass bottom boat. An opportunity to snorkel will also be granted on this tour. The second stop will be at nylon pool and from there you will journey to no man’s land. Read more about the Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool Adventure.
Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism produced by energy released from chemical reactions occurring inside (or ejected by) the organisms. These glowing plankton will be the most spectacular thing you’ll ever see. Read more about the Bioluminescence Tour.
Best Tobago Restaurants
The Seahorse Inn $31 – 60
Creole crab cakes, Jerk Chicken Satay … there’s a reason this is one of the top culinary addresses in Tobago. Fabulous beach side dining with fresh seafood, premium ingredients, and great personal and attentive service. Telephone: 868-639-0686 Web: The Seahorse Inn.
Kariwak Village Restaurant $11 – 30
Recorded steel-band music plays gently in the background at this romantic, candlelit spot in the Kariwak Village complex. Whatever the dish, it will be full of herbs and vegetables picked from their organic garden, and there is always a vegetarian option. Be sure to try the delicious homemade ice cream and the reasonably priced but potent cocktails. Friday and Saturday buffets, with live jazz or calypso, are a Tobagonian highlight. Those really taken with the food can even purchase the restaurant’s cookbook, Cooking Kariwak Style. Telephone: 868-639-8442 Web: Kariwak Village Restaurant.
The Fish Pot $11 – 30
Beautifully presented dishes made with the freshest of fish is the big draw at this cozy eatery. The surf and turf, featuring Caribbean spiny lobster, is excellent. The bar is usually lively and populated with regulars who consider this an essential Tobago dining experience. Telephone: 868-635-1728 Web: The Fish Pot.
Blue Crab Restaurant $11 – 30
The Sardinha family has been serving the best local lunches at their home since the 1980s. The ebullient Alison entertains and hugs diners while her husband, Ken, does the cooking. The food is hearty and usually well seasoned in the creole style. The only bad news is that the restaurant is primarily a lunch spot—it’s open for dinner only three days a week. Telephone: 868-639-2737 Web: Blue Crab Restaurant.
Chaud $31 – 60
Famous chef Khalid Mohammed’s restaurant presents food that rises off the plate. Classic European dishes are paired with distinctively Caribbean touches like cassava (manioc) hash. Freshness and satisfactions is virtually guaranteed here. The price is well worth it for a special romantic evening. Telephone: 868-621-2002 Web: Chaud
Best Tobago Bars & Nightlife
Green Shop (aka Pumpy’s)
The simple wooden shack has a three-man bench out front for people watching and a short bar inside with not much on offer but rum, ice and chasers – only now there are a few more benches. Here, rum is the great equalizer: Pumpy’s is popular with old-timer locals, the drop-in-after-work crowd and late-night crews who stop for a quick “prime up” before heading to nightspots such as Shade and Illusions. Web: Pumpy Green Bar.
Bago’s Beach Bar
Mixing Caribbean charm, funky tunes and its own beach with sea grape trees for shade, Bago’s Beach Bar is described by regulars as an “elegant rum shop”. It’s a perfect spot for the sunset crowd after a long, hard day of beach activities. There is also a nightly happy hour from 7pm to 8pm, and karaoke on Saturdays. Telephone: 868-793-9901 Web: Bago’s Bar.
Grafton Beach Resort
Grafton Beach Resort has some kind of organized cabaret-style event every night. Even if you hate that touristy stuff, check out Les Couteaux Cultural Group, which does a high-octane dance version of Tobagonian history. Telephone: 868-639-0191 Web: Grafton Beach Resort.
As many locals as visitors frequent Kariwak Village on Friday and Saturday nights, when one of the better local jazz-calypso bands almost always plays. Expect more of an older crowd. The fruity cocktails here are the best on the island. Telephone: 868-639-8442 Web: Kariwak Village.
This sure bet for raucous late-night fun is open from 7 pm to 4 am Thursday through Saturday. It’s across the road from Crown Point’s only gas station. Telephone: 868-329-0082 Web: The Shade.