Tobago is one of the least developed and least expensive islands in the Caribbean. It offers world class snorkeling and scuba diving. The beaches of the bays around the island are spectacular, and the smaller bays offer wonderful solitude. There is a rain forest reserve and small island off shore that offer great hiking and bird watching. A four wheel drive vehicle is needed to traverse the roads that are not paved, and will open up new destinations around the island.
The Tobago Forest Reserve, located in the northeastern interior of the island, is reputed to be the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. A road runs through the middle of it, although it is best experienced on foot. Bird watching is good here, although just hiking the forest makes for a pleasant morning. A 5-km one-way trail is possible with a vehicle shuttle. Local guides are adept at spotting birds of interest.
Hiking the rain forest reserve on Tobago (right)
Tobago is mountainous—a typical Caribbean island of volcanic origin—and much of the coast consists of rocky headlands or otherwise uninviting steep slopes. A number of bays can be found all around the island, however, containing gorgeous beaches and providing access for swimming or snorkeling. Englishman’s Bay is one of the better known, although some of the smaller bays—such as King Peter’s Bay—are off the beaten track and offer utter solitude and unique experiences.
Beach at at the head of Englishman's Bay, Tobago
Squid in Englishman's Bay, Tobago (left), sea fans (right)
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Interactive map of Tobago
Books about Togago