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Tobago - Frequently Asked Questions

Table of contents

  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. What resorts would you recommend?
  7. Where are the best beaches?
  8. Is Tobago a good family destination?

When is the best time to go?

Tobago is a year-round destination, with average temperatures in the high 20s for the entire year. The peak season is between January and March, which coincides with the dry season that runs from December to May. The rainy season is from June to November and this is also when there is a risk of hurricanes in the region, although Tobago sits just outside the main hurricane belt.


Do you need a visa?

As part of the Commonwealth, British citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter Tobago and will be granted a 90-day visa on arrival. Likewise, European Union citizens, Russian and American citizens don't need to apply for a visa prior arrival to Trinidad and Tobago. You just need to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Tobago.


How can I get there?

There are direct flights to Trinidad and Tobago available from London with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Flights arrive into Trinidad's capital city, Port of Spain and from there a short transfer will take you to Tobago, The average journey flight time to Trinidad is around eleven hours.


What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar. You can exchange most foreign currencies at banks, but U.S. dollars and Euros are generally given the best rates.


What is there to see and do?

Tobago is a delightful island that has a laidback charm and relaxed atmosphere that it's hard to find anywhere else. This picturesque isle sitting on the edge of the Caribbean is relatively undeveloped for tourism, but what you can find here has been done well so as not to affect the natural surroundings. This is a real haven for activity lovers, as you can try a variety of water sports - including scuba diving, sailing and snorkelling - while on dry land there are plenty of hiking and cycling trails to follow. There are also numerous opportunities for soaking up some culture and history, with sites like Fort King George and Charlotteville providing an insight into life here. Don't miss out on the chance to spend a day discovering Trinidad - Tobago's livelier, bigger and more developed neighbour. The carnival is when both islands really come alive in a riot of colour and sounds.


What resorts would you recommend?

There are many outstanding all inclusive resorts in Tobago and one of our travel advisors will be able to help you find the right one for your needs. Among your options are the luxurious Coco Beach and the Tropikist resort, which boasts its own spa. For families, the Grafton Beach resort in Stonehaven is ideal thanks to the wide range of activities it offers and its selection of facilities.


Where are the best beaches?

Tobago has many outstanding beaches, but among the best are Englishman's Bay, Mount Irvine Bay and Castaraca. Englishman's Bay is a stretch of unspoiled coastline where the rainforest almost reaches the shore - a true slice of paradise - while Mount Irvine Bay is ideal if you're looking for a sandy spot with plenty of facilities to hand.


Is Tobago a good family destination?

Tobago is a wonderful destination for families and there are several resorts on the island that can cater well for grown-ups and children alike. Little ones will be enchanted by the safe, paradisiacal beaches and fascinating wildlife that inhabits the coral reefs right beneath the waves and the tropical forests that are found inland.


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