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Tobago for families

A family holiday in Tobago is both delightfully exotic and exciting in equal measure. There is plenty here to keep parents and children occupied, with the beautiful coastline being idyllic for an ample range of water sports, the varied wildlife attracting curious little explorers and the excellent child-friendly amenities being just a few of the things that make Tobago stand out as a family-friendly destination.

Parents who want to relax can soak up the sun on the beach while the children play in the sand and splash in the clear waters of the Caribbean, while active families will be able to try a host of fun activities together, with everything from kayaking to mountain biking on offer.

There is also a great selection of family-friendly hotels in Tobago, with many of these running kids' clubs to keep little ones amused while mum and dad enjoy a bit of downtime. One of the best areas for families to stay in Tobago is Crown Point, as this is where you'll find a wide selection of restaurants, shops and accommodation, all close to the beach.

Top family attractions

If you don't want to spend your entire break on the beach, there are several places to explore with your children. One of the best is undoubtedly Fort King George - the only intact colonial fortress on the island. This landmark will introduce your children to Tobago's colonial heritage and they're bound to love seeing the cannons on the battlements.

There's a small museum in what was once the officers' quarters, which is worth looking around to learn more about the island's heritage. As it's not overly large, little ones are unlikely to get bored by the varied exhibits.

You'll find incredible beaches lining Tobago's shores, with some of the most pristine stretches of sand found in the Lowlands area. For families, the calm waters of Buccoo Bay will appeal - and this is also a fantastic place for snorkelling thanks to the coral reef that protects the beach.

Discover Tobago's natural beauty

A holiday in Tobago will give you the chance to see some of the exotic Caribbean wildlife, which is bound to captivate youngsters. There is an incredible array of birdlife on the island and several sanctuaries where you can go in search of them.

Among these reserves is the Grafton Caledonia Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see a number of the island's native birds, including the Cocrico, which is the national bird. Other species you can spot in the forest include hummingbirds, mot mots and jacamars. You can also visit the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere - there are various trails here that you can tackle with your family.

Heading to one of the turtle nesting beaches on Tobago is another must for wildlife loving families. Doing so gives you the chance to see adult leatherback turtles laying their eggs, or hatchlings making their way to the sea for the first time. The nesting season usually runs from March to June and there are several nesting sites in Tobago, including at Stonehaven Bay and Turtle Beach.

Families keen to experience Tobago's underwater wildlife should go snorkelling at Buccoo Bay, where a barrier reef shelters the sand and provides a home for dozens of species of fish and marine invertebrates. Swimming among the colourful fish will be an experience none of you will forget.

Family-friendly hotels in Tobago

In addition to its excellent family-friendly activities, Tobago is home to a host of fantastic hotels, with many of these providing brilliant facilities for families. There are numerous resorts in Tobago that run kids' clubs, as well as boasting well-equipped water sports centres that are ideal if you're travelling with older children.

Among the activities you can try as a family are snorkelling, kayaking, sailing and scuba diving, so there is plenty on offer at the hotels' water sports centres for the most adventurous of children and grown-ups.

On top of the excellent facilities, the rooms are well appointed and there are family-sized suites and villas available to ensure you get the most out of your break and can relax in complete comfort for the duration of your holiday in Tobago.

One of the best hotels for families in Tobago are the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort in the Lowlands and the Coco Reef Tobago in Pigeon Point. While the Coco Reef is the most affordable of the two, it lacks none of the charm and beauty of the other, and the setting itself is truly secluded and spectacular. The Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort on the other hand, offers the fabulous Cee Cee Club for little ones aged between 4 and 12 as well as babysitting services and a fantastic golf course for adults.

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