Tobago is an enchanting Caribbean gem with transparent blue waters flowing onto white sandy beaches surrounded by snazzy resorts, relaxing, charming beach bars and buzzing restaurants. It's the perfect place to whip on a bikini and gulp down a tasty pina colada. If beach-bumming isn't your scene, Tobago has more than enough to entertain, with fun water sports like scuba diving, sailing or horseback riding.
Seahorse Inn - $$$
The elegant Seahorse Inn is located on a hill in Black Rock with the backdrop of the beach overlooking Courland Bay. Eat al fresco in a romantic setting with the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore while enjoying the cool seaside breeze. Friendly and accommodating staff help guide you through the exciting selection of local dishes and tasteful wines. The restaurant’s peaceful ambience makes it an excellent restaurant for travelers celebrating a special occasion or just looking for delicious fresh meal and an overall great experience.
Fishpot - $$
Fishpot is a charming petite restaurant located near Mt. Irvine that invites you for a dining experience like no other on the island. Fishpot’s rustic setting and scrumptious local dishes offers the true Tobago culinary flavours. Serving fresh fish this family-owned local spot offers well-presented meals and an enticing drink menu. The rum liver pate and lobster are divine and a must!
La Cantina - $$
Italian, Mexican & Trinidadian all in one, famous for it's fancy pizza pies, this trendy and popular restaurant in Crown Point offers a casual and fun atmosphere. Choose from 40 different pizzas, made right in front of you or opt for some fresh fish, pasta or a well-presented, yet filling cheese board
Miss Trims - $
A popular dish in Tobago is “crab and dumpling” and one of the best places to find one of these beauties is at Miss Trims in Store Bay. Grab a crab & dumplings to-go and savour all of its rich flavor while lounging on the nearby beach. If you're not a fan of crab, order an array of local delicacies at Miss Trims such as coo,coo, macaroni pie or fish and callaloo.
Stone Haven - $$$
Stone Haven’s luxurious and well-designed villas are perched high up in a private sanctuary on a hill, presenting guests with a spectacular view of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. The 14 villas are surround by beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and are furnished in an authentic traditional Caribbean style. Each villa sleeps six with three ensuite rooms with a large kitchen, terrace and infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Stone Haven offers a quiet and private place for travelers looking for rest and relaxation with a side of luxury.
The next bay over from the famous Store Bay, you'll find one of Tobago’s premier beachfront resorts. As you drive into Coco reef, you'll pass acres of manicured tropical gardens until you arrive at the hotel’s impressive entrance. Coco Reef has its own private beach with very clean, calm and shallow waters. If you're looking for a luxurious relaxing vacation with plenty of activities and food choices Coco reef is a great option. Close to Tobago’s busiest tourist area, you can spend the day snorkelling or taking a tour from Pigeon Point to the gorgeous Nylon Pool. It is the ultimate Caribbean vacation in a casual elegant setting.
Bluewaters Inn - $$
Situated in the tranquil and relaxing village of Speyside on the north eastern side of the island, you'll be far away from the hustle and the bustle of the touristy side of Tobago. The hotel is a hidden treasure and popular with the dive community. The dive shop is close to the hotel and offer trips to Little Tobago to experience the top dive sites. Featuring a beach-front restaurant serving local and international cuisine, overlooks the hotel’s infinity pool and jacuzzi.
Castara Retreats - $
Castara Retreats is a place where you can truly unwind and relish in what this beautiful island has to offer. Each villa has lovely hard, wooden floors with beds facing the superb view of Castara Bay. Fall asleep to cool Castara breeze or tan on the golden sand. Swimming and snorkeling in the sea makes for several lazy days at Castara. Hosts, Porridge and Jeanelle make sure you need not worry about anything while on vacation. Discover Castara Retreats and be serenaded by the singing of the birds, the crashing of the waves and even the chatter of the village down below.
Horseback riding along the beach
Horseback riding along the island’s beaches is one of the most unique ways to explore Tobago. Being-with-Horses offers an incredible experience where you can ride with a qualified instructor who will show you the local wildlife and ensure you make it through your journey safely. You'll guided through the wetlands and mangroves until you arrive at Buccoo Bay were the herd jumps in and swims through the glistening bay. Pack some comfortable beach clothing and prepare yourself for a memorable ride.
Ever wondered what it would be like to glide along the water in a glass bottom boat? A great place to experience this is at Nylon Pool. Take a tour from Pigeon Point and head off into the sea to explore the coral gardens and colourful fish at the stunning Buccoo Reef. You'll then head to Nylon Pool, where you'll get the chance to swim or snorkel in the lagoon’s shallow, crystal clear waters.
Scuba diving at Speyside
Speyside offers some of the finest diving in the Caribbean. The Tobago waters are full of nutrients brought over from Venezuela’s Orinoco River by fluctuating currents. These nutrients feed the ecosystems along Tobago’s shores to support the breathtaking reef life and colourful fish, especially found in Speyside. Tobago Dive Experience, located in Speyside, is a full service, five star PADI facility offering daily dives and a customized range of scuba diving training. If you are interested in an underwater adventure, visit Tobago Dive experience in Speyside for an unforgettable experience.
Island Girl Sail Charter
Book an Island Girl all inclusive Sail Charter along the scenic Tobago coastline. Island Girl is a custom-built, state of the art 43 foot catamaran with lots of deck space, lounging areas both shaded and un-shaded including two tanning nets. The crew will take you to all the key spots such as Cotton Bay and Emerald Cove off Castara, where you can find lovely snorkeling and calm swimming spots. A delicious lunch of grilled fish and local delicacies are served along with any drink you heart desires, all day long from the open bar. You must try their rum punch! Take your shoes off and enjoy a day of great sailing with Island Girl’s friendly crew.
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Gabrielle Agostini is a creative travel blogger, whose tales are based on her experiences of traveling to over 46 countries while living in London, Montreal, Brisbane and Trinidad and Tobago. From whitewater rafting in Costa Rica to admiring the sacred temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, she has a good idea of the best travel dos and travel don’ts. She is currently based in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, where has continued to explore and enjoy the warm weather and natural beauty of the Caribbean.
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