What to do in Trinidad and Tobago
Sightseeing in Tobago
Much of Tobago's attraction lies in its stunning natural landscapes, but there are a few historical and cultural monuments that are well worth visiting in between sunning yourself on the beach and exploring the rainforests on foot.
There are two colonial forts on the island, although only one of these is still intact. Fort King George, in Scarborough, is the only remaining intact colonial fortification in Tobago and is an interesting place to explore. As well as the building itself, you can peruse the exhibits in the Tobago Museum, which is housed in what was once the officers' quarters.
Fort Bennett, meanwhile, is little more than the remnants of walls and a few cannons, but its location is stunning - on a hill overlooking Stonehaven Bay - so it's worth a trip for the views as much as anything else.
For something completely different, call in at Kimme's Sculpture Museum, where German artist Luise Kimme displays a range of interesting pieces with a Caribbean twist and even sells these to interested collectors. Do note that the museum is only open to the public from 10am to 2pm on Sundays, or by appointment.
Water sports to have a go at
One of the biggest draws for holidaymakers heading to Tobago is the chance to try a host of water sports, with the warm waters of the Caribbean looking inviting all year round. Scuba diving and snorkelling are excellent activities to have a go at due to the variety of colourful marine life that you can discover right beneath the surface. Among the incredible creatures you may encounter are manta rays, dolphins and turtles.
Wind and kite surfing are also popular pastimes, although these are best practised between December and June when the winds are more favourable. There are various places suitable for these sports, with beginners and experienced riders all catered for.
For something a little more sedate, you can go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding in one of Tobago's peaceful lagoons. Among the top spots for these are Buccoo Bay and Bon Accord Lagoon, with the latter particularly great for wildlife lovers due to the variety of bird life that can be found here.
Land-based activities in Tobago
Away from the beautiful beaches and turquoise waters, there's plenty more to do. A holiday in Tobago is a good choice for many golfers, because the island has two 18-hole championship courses, both of which boast breathtaking sea views at some of their holes.
Hiking is another popular activity in Tobago, particularly because you can follow a trail through the oldest swathe of rainforest in the hemisphere. There are also routes that lead you through the island's picturesque woodland and its abandoned cocoa estates, giving you an insight into its history as well as its nature.
One especially memorable hike to tackle is the path leading to Argyle Falls. The walk itself only takes around 20 minutes, but you can bathe in river pools as you go and you'll see the stunning waterfall at the end of the trail.
Mountain biking and horseback riding are among your other options if you want to explore Tobago's inland areas. For the former, head to the south-west of the island for gentle trails, or the north-east for more challenging climbs and steep descents.
Rest and relaxation
While it's all well and good to be active during a getaway, sometimes you simply want to unwind and relax once you step off the plane. A holiday in Tobago certainly offers plenty of chances for rest and relaxation, thanks to the stunning isolated beaches that the island is renowned for.
If it's total tranquillity that you're looking for, make sure you stay in the Lowlands area of Tobago, which is renowned for its pristine and isolated stretches of sand where you'll have little more to distract you than the rustling of the palm trees in the breeze and the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Excursions and Attractions
The beaches in Tobago and Trinidad are amongst the most beautiful and diverse in the Caribbean, so visitors are certainly spoilt for choice. These contrasting islands are equally stunning, and whilst Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the two,...
Although the beaches in Tobago are generally considered to be the most beautiful in the country, the larger sister island of Trinidad has plenty of coastal treasures of its own to discover, particular on the north coast. One of the best ways to uncover...
This full-day boat tour around the stunning coastline of Tobago is the perfect opportunity to snorkel in the clear Caribbean waters and explore exquisite, secluded bays. Climb on board an open air 28ft Boeing boat, then sit back and relax as we cruise...
Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful tropical island of Tobago attracts a multitude of wonderfully diverse marine species to its nutrient-rich waters. Visitors come to the island to experience some of the best diving...
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