Tobago Travel Guide

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.

Tobago Attractions

Fort King George, Tobago, Tobago beaches, Tobago Travel Guide, best Caribbean beaches, best Tobago hotels, best Tobago restaurants, Tobago attractions, things to do in Tobago, beach travelFort 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, Tobago, Tobago beaches, Tobago Travel Guide, best Caribbean beaches, best Tobago hotels, best Tobago restaurants, Tobago attractions, things to do in Tobago, beach travelStore Bay

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.

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Pigeon Point, Tobago, Tobago beaches, Tobago Travel Guide, best Caribbean beaches, best Tobago hotels, best Tobago restaurants, Tobago attractions, things to do in Tobago, beach travelPigeon Point

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.

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Buccoo Reef, Tobago, Tobago beaches, Tobago Travel Guide, best Caribbean beaches, best Tobago hotels, best Tobago restaurants, Tobago attractions, things to do in Tobago, beach travelBuccoo Reef

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.

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Cocoa Estate, Tobago, Tobago beaches, Tobago Travel Guide, best Caribbean beaches, best Tobago hotels, best Tobago restaurants, Tobago attractions, things to do in Tobago, beach travelCocoa Estate

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.

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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.

Kariwak Village

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.

The Shade

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 breakfast 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.


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28 Comments

  1. Patrice

    Awesome information. I’m from Trinidad and Tobago and you did well in representing its beauty and key points of interest. I’ll definitely be using this site as a guide for my partner who is a beach fanatic.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Patrice. I am glad you enjoyed reading my Tobago Travel Guide. Yes, your partner will enjoy BeachTravelDestinations.com if they are a beach fanatic for sure 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Corrine

    Wow, does this place ever look amazing! Is it very child-friendly? Are they many all-inclusive resorts?
    We travel with three kids and often have a hard time finding hotels with suites that allow five people but somewhat affordable. Maybe this is a trip I’ll be taking with my husband with the kids!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is a family friendly island.  They would have so much fun with the wildlife and birds there.  Of course playing at a calm beach is always fun for the kids too.  I don’t know of any all-inclusive hotels on Tobago, but I do know that the Plantation Beach Villas are a great choice for families.  You will find all the amenities of home to cook in, or go out to eat.  The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort has a kids club, so this hotel definitely caters to families as well.  These are both great choices for families.  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  3. Jan

    Traveling is great for all the experiences during the trip, but reading through travel sites like beachtraveldestinations is all about the pleasure of fantasizing about the travel destinations first.
    I really like how your website and this Tobago travel guide page describe beach locations and practicalities with passion. I was wondering though if small places like Tobago suffer from over popularity with tourism like you describe Buccoo Reef?
    Jan

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jan and thank you for reading the Tobago Travel Guide.  Tobago is one of the Caribbean Islands that doesn’t get the crowding like some of the other popular Caribbean Islands.  So, it is not as popular, rendering it be  much less crowded, and rates are also a little bit lower than some of the other islands.  So, no it is not suffering from over popularity 🙂  Thanks for visiting beachtraveldestinations.com, and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  4. Miren - Hi Money Bye Scams

    Hey Leahrae!

    I’m very glad that I have come across your site!
    All these amazing destinations are on my bucket list, there are so many places to visit that sometimes it’s hard to choose where to go first lol.
    I have bookmarked this page and will check it out for future references =)

    Keep up the great work!

    Miren

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Miren!  I am glad you found the Tobago Travel Guide helpful for your future travel plans.  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  5. Pastor Gabriel

    The Lord Bless You Leahrae ,
    Pastor Gabriel Helene here. Your Website is simply Amazing really nice and well conceived I look forward to visit some of the nice places in the Future. Very informative and I am ready to visit Tobago after reading this wonderful article.

    God Bless

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Pastor Gabriel for visiting the Tobago Travel Guide. I am glad you enjoyed, and come back and visit soon!

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  6. Will

    What a great travel guide! I’ve never been to Tobago, but after reading this I think I need to put it on my destination list. Looks gorgeous and with an average temp in the 80s year around, it sounds awesome too. I’ve been wanting to learn how to stand up paddle, might be a good place to learn! Thanks again for the informative post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Will, and stand-up paddle boarding is so fun and easy. You can enjoy the water, catch the sunshine, swim, enjoy the ocean, get some exercise, all in one activity. I love it actually 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the Tobago Travel Guide. Please come back when you are ready to plan your Caribbean Island vacation!

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  7. Steve

    Wow, love this post and so many great recommendations for rooms and other things. This really is very informative and will make it very easy for me if I do decide to visit Tobago, by the way, love the video.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Steve! Yes, the video seals the deal! Tobago is one of the Caribbean Islands that sort of gets forgotten about, but none the less, just as beautiful with gorgeous beaches as the other Caribbean islands. Plus Trinidad is so close, you can take the ferry there, or hop on a plane and visit two islands in one dreamy vacation 🙂

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  8. Leigh

    When I first looked at your site, I smiled as this is a travel web site that captivates your attention, I love everything about it, it’s like surprise after surprise as you go down the page with the pictures text, advertising, information about how much things cost so to speak, I feel like I’m there already!
    🙂 you have been working hard for awhile and it shows. I am traveling abroad currently in Ireland and I have to say your site makes me dream of summer. I will definitely come back and spend more time on your web site. Thank you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Leigh for the wonderful comments 🙂 Yes, I have been working hard and I am glad you hare having fun dreaming about wonderful beach destinations while visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com 🙂

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  9. Deedee

    I’m so thankful to have found your website — you do such an amazing job of bringing these destinations to life, and anticipating the questions we travelers are likely to have. I love the idea of Tobago, not just for all that it offers, but because it’s so easy to get to Trinidad, too. It definitely sounds like flying between the two is a more comfortable option. Can you tell me, though, how the cost of the ferry compares to air travel for this short trip? Also, is it possible to book a flight on short-notice, or will we need to do that when we make our other arrangements?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad you enjoyed reading the Tobago Travel Guide. You can book a flight or boat ride at any time to go between Trinidad and Tobago. It won’t be necessary to have an advanced purchase. The ferry will run you $100 round trip and you can actually catch a flight for about $80. So the flight is definitely cheaper and faster 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  10. Arie

    I never really looked into visiting Tobago but now that I am seeing this, I really would like to take a visit there seeing as just how beautiful this island is!

    One of the first things that got me interested is hearing about the weather being around 80 degrees which is great compared to how it is where I am.  One week, it can be a beautiful day and then the next, there could be a massive snowstorm!

    The first area in that island I would probably be interested in visiting would be the cocoa estate. It looks to be a beautiful area where you, and maybe someone else, could go to relax and admire the lush environment as well as tasting rum and chocolate.

    I watched one of the videos for stand up paddling and I gotta say, that looks like a ton of fun. That is also something which I am interested in trying.

    The Kariwak village is definitely one I would be sure to check out if I got a chance to visit there! It looks quite beautiful and hearing about the stuff they have there like tropical fruit, homemade yogurt, and as you mentioned, ice cream, there is no way I could pass something like that up!

    My question is, what is or would be your favorite part about visiting Tobago? Is there a favorite place there you would visit, or have visited?   Or a favorite activity there?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      First, thank you for reading the Tobago Travel Guide Arie.  I can see that you will love visiting there.  I would say that I am pretty much in agreement the that Cocoa Estate is on top of the list.  So interesting to see how chocolate and rum is made, and then tasting the two…perfect.  I love any water activities, so paddle boarding (something I love) would be the first activity that I would do, any island I go to probably.  It’s fun, peaceful, and invigorating all in one.  I would also ferry over to Trinidad for the bird sanctuary.  I love the birds in the Caribbean, and this is something not to miss, for me anyway.  Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment 🙂

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  11. Lee

    I keep finding myself returning to this site to research my holiday destinations. Once again another brilliant travel guide to a stunning location. Tobago seems to have the standard beautiful white sandy beaches and wonderful turquoise waters that one thinks of when travelling to the Caribbean but I was also attracted by the chance to visit a rainforest. Also thanks for sharing about the cocoa estate, this is a must do for me as I love rum and who doesn’t like chocolate?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I don’t know of anyone that does not like chocolate! The Coco Estate is one place that every visitor to the island needs to visit. Of course, I think the rainforest is another must with all the beautiful birds and fauna. Thank you for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com again 🙂 Hope I can get you start your planning 🙂

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  12. John ツ

    I love it, love it, love it! Thanks for sharing these dream places Leahrae. Each time I come to your website you have a new “paradise on earth” place to show. I wonder if you really have been to all those places yourself, if you really did, then you are the most lucky person on this planet.

    Can’t wait for your next destination.

    John ツ

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you John 🙂 I am glad you loved visiting Tobago and some of the other destinations on BeachTravelDestinations.com. Oh, I wish I had been to all of them. I would truly feel like the luckiest person on the planet! Thank you for visiting the Tobago Travel Guide!

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  13. s

    Tobago looks beautiful! The water looks so calm and clear. It is strange how so many islands seem to have those daily rain showers! I remember that in Barbados and Hawaii. Thanks for the travel guide. I would like to go to Tobago one day, and you have given me everything I need to start planning!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I do think that all of the Caribbean islands have those short showers. We get them here in Florida too. Nice thing is they don’t last long, and before you know it they are gone again, and the sun is out. You would love Tobago, along with Trinidad. When you do go, make sure you spend time on each island.

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  14. Alex

    I have never been to Tobago before, but I really want to go there now! This article was informative and thorough. As a college student at UC Santa Cruz, I love that you included inexpensive places to stay at. Tobago is definitely on my bucket list and I am in the planning stages. Is it safe to visit there right now?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Tobago is beautiful and worth going to! I think that with any foreign country, well most anyway, you just have to take precautions while traveling to stay safe. Some places, I know I will not travel to at the moment because of the political or religious upheaval that is going on. I feel that you most certainly can travel to Tobago. Just be safe!

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