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.
Fort King George
This mountaintop fort mixes stunning ocean and city views with a dose of Tobago’s military and colonial history. Built after the French captured Tobago from the British in 1781, this military compound was controlled by the French until 1793 when it was recaptured by the British. In 1804, it was named Fort King George in honor of King George III, and in 1854 it stopped operating as a military structure. You can also explore the prison and officers’ mess, as well as the Tobago Museum located inside of the former barrack guardhouse.
Store Bay’s free beach offers travelers a relaxing place to soak up some sun and cool off in Tobago’s famous clear, blue waters. Beachgoers can watch planes come in and land at nearby Arthur Napolean Raymond Robinson International Airport. Store Bay’s other big draw is its array of street food vendors, which serve up affordable, local delicacies like crab and dumpling, bake and shark, and pelau.
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 says you need to make a special trip to this beach for at least a couple of hours of beach time.
Off the coast of Tobago’s Pigeon Point Beach and within 2 miles of Store Bay, Buccoo Reef is highly regarded as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s best areas for snorkeling. Even though parts of this massive reef are starting to die off due to poor conservation efforts, you will see a wide variety of fish and coral while snorkeling.
The Tobago Cocoa Estate W.I. Ltd is a heritage park where visitors can learn about the history of cocoa in Tobago, see historical displays and participate in the fermentation and drying activities at the estate. Finally, the visitor will experiences the agro-culinary approach to tourism and participate in a rum and chocolate tasting session after an evening of dinner that showcases the local cuisine of Tobago.
Things to Do in Tobago
Glass Bottom boat Cruise at Buccoo Reef
Explore one of the most colorful reefs on a glass bottom boat tour. 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 loggerhead turtles, leatherbacks and giant manta rays, as well as the reef formations. 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.
Nylon Pool Tour
This spectacular Nylon Pool tour has three stops. Depart the Buccoo Jetty and head to Buccoo reef where you can see some of the most amazing corals and fish thru their glass bottom boat. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel here. Then head to Nylon Pool and to third to no man’s land. Read more about Nylon Pool Tour.
Tobago Island Sightseeing & Plantation Tour
Visit Tobago’s scenic landmarks and plantations on this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Leaving Scarborough, the island’s capital, embark on a tour of the island, driving on the Windward Road through stunning mountain scenery. See miles of pristine beaches, quaint coastal villages and a 10th-century sugar plantation. Stop in Charlottesville, a small fishing village, and enjoy the views of Pigeon Peak, the island’s tallest mountain. Round-trip transportation from Scarborough hotels and guest houses is included. Read more about Tobago Island Sightseeing and Plantation Tour
Highlights of Tobago Tour
Take in the sights and history of Tobago in one hassle-free tour. A private guide leads you to Fort George for panoramic views, the Royal Botanic Gardens for a brief stroll, to the small town of Plymouth for the “mysterious tombstone” and 17th-century Fort James ruins, and the popular Store Bay to try Tobago’s famous crab and dumplings. Plus, included hotel pickup and drop-off make this tour extra convenient. Read more about Highlights of Tobago Tour
Tobago Island Tour
Make the most of your island vacation on an 8-hour tour of Tobago. Beginning and ending at your hotel, comfortable transportation takes your group around the entire circumference of the island. The kid-friendly and history-buff approved excursion includes visits to Fort King George, Mount Dillon Lookout, Englishman’s Bay, and many other scenic locations. Read more about Tobago Island 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.
Best Tobago Hotels
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Including a private beach area, hot tub and 3 swimming pools with terrace, the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is set on the shores of Little Rockly Bay and a 10-minute drive from Scarborough City. The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort features 4 dining options, 3 bars and a buffet included in the rate. Guests at this ocean-front complex will enjoy a golf course, tennis courts, kids club, spa services, banquet and meeting facilities and a diving center. Activities such as hiking, bird watching, kite surfing and horseback riding can be arranged.
Plantation Beach Villas
This property is a 15-minute walk from the beach. Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool, barbecue and sun terrace, Plantation Beach Villas is located in Black Rock in the region of Tobago, just 2.8 miles from Diamond. Free private parking is available on site. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. You can play ping-pong at the property, and the area is popular for canoeing.
Villas at Stonehaven
Set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views on the west coast of Tobago, The Villas at Stonehaven is one of the finest luxury resorts in the Caribbean. The resort is an exquisite collection of elegantly appointed three and four bedroom Villas set in ten acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. Villa amenities include spacious indoor and outdoor living & dining areas; private infinity pool and spectacular ocean views. Your own daily personal housekeeper attends to your needs and will cook delicious meals on request. Villas are immaculately furnished and feature large air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suites, full kitchens, barbeque areas and ample dining and living space.
Blue Waters Inn
With just 38 guest rooms and bungalows, Blue Waters Inn sits in 42 acres of tropical gardens directly on the beach at Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago. Getting to us takes approximately 85 minutes from the airport. Speyside is super relaxed with quick access to the Main Ridge rainforest and the key underwater sites of the island. Divers and snorkelers are very well catered for and the hotel is perfect for those wishing to simply switch off and enjoy the hotels tranquil location.
Coco Reef Resort & Spa
Exquisite architecture and well manicured grounds warmly welcome you to the enchanting paradise that is Coco Reef Resort. Tranquil turquoise waters caress the white sands of our private beach with magnificent snorkeling just outside the breakwater. Enjoy kayaking, pedalos, diving, tennis, gym, in-house shopping, massages, manicures, pedicures and much more.