Welcome to Tobago
Lying Northeast of its sister island Trinidad, the island of Tobago is virtually unspoiled by huge developments and commercialism, so while you won’t get the huge 5 star resorts and swinging night life of other islands, Tobago will offer you a place to go to lie back, relax and explore this diverse and beautiful landscape.
Tobago is just 8 miles wide and 26 long, so you can drive around the entire island in a day which I highly recommend as there are a so many amazing beaches and land to discover.
So what is there to do in Tobago?
Tobago has some of the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean, lets check out a some of the best.
Buccoo Reef / Nylon Pool
Touted as the “fountain of youth” the Nylon Pool is a natural, metre-deep crystal clear swimming pool with a sandy bottom in the middle of the ocean created by an offshore sandbar and a still lagoon.
The area was named by Britain’s Princess Margaret back in 1962, when she spent her honeymoon there. And it remains today a popular idyllic destination for couples and families alike.
Accessible by glass-bottom boat tours from Pigeon Point and Store Bay beaches twice daily. You can easily find tour ticket sellers at either beach. It’s a good idea to check out the boat before you buy as the boats vary in size, some with upper decks and some with a better party atmosphere. Also you may want to ask whether snorkeling gear is provided, if you don’t have your own.
Firstly the tour takes you to the Buccoo Reef which is one of the most accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean. It is a protected marine park located a short distance off Pigeon Point and Store Bay. The reef has a fascinating, colorful underwater life.
World famous French oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau visited Tobago’s Buccoo Reef and rated it as the third most spectacular reef in the world.
The Buccoo reef system is approximately 7 km2 (30 mls.²) in area and consists of an arc of five reef flats that enclose a shallow reef lagoon and the Bon Accord Lagoon. There is patchy distribution mainly staghorn and star coral communities within the reef lagoon.
After stopping for a few minutes you can simply take in the marine life from the glass bottom boat or go for a short snorkel and then its off to the Nylon Pool for fun in the middle of the ocean. This should be a definite “to do” when you visit Tobago as its an amazing feeling and who knows maybe you can capture some of that “fountain of youth” 🙂
Store Bay Beach
Located at Crown Point close to the airport and surrounded by a large number of hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments, Store Bay beach is one of the most popular beaches in Tobago and also one of the busiest.
Though is a bit small, Store Bay offers a variety of small shops, restaurants, a bar and vendors, including several very well-known crab ‘n’ dumpling (crab stewed with curry and coconut milk and served with flat flour dumplings) vendors, there are also changing rooms and toilets and it is one of the few beaches with a lifeguard.
Trips are available from the bay to the Buccoo Reef (Nylon Pool) at a cost. The waters are reasonably sheltered and good for swimming but caution should still be exercised as currents here can be strong at times.
No Man’s Land
No Man’s Land isn’t an island, rather a spit of white coral-sand stretching out in front of the lagoon that fronts parts of the impenetrable mangrove of Bon Accord Lagoon, just across from the Nylon Pool. It is accessible only by sea (although a few adventurous souls have braved the mangrove to get land access), you can usually find the boating community gathered here, from large fancy yachts to the simple fisherman’s boat.
The spit is surrounded by clear shallow water and speckled with leafy trees and small forest growth on either side of a long path that makes up the dance floor to dozens of brightly coloured dragonflies. It is easily one of the most beautiful spots in all of Tobago, second perhaps to Nylon Pool which is situated in the Sea directly in front of it.
It is the top spot for having a BBQ lunch, picnic, party or simply laying on your hammock on a deserted, white-sand, palm-fringed beach and relaxing in the shade from the heat of the afternoon sun. With plenty of rum punch or whatever you heart’s desire.
Pigeon Point Beach
Pigeon Point Beach is considered Tobago’s most popular beach. Home to one to the world famous thatch-roofed jetty which has become an internationally recognized signature of Tobago and one of the most popular Wedding locations on the island.
This beach is one long stretch of white sand beach with warm aquamarine waters and its a perfect spot to swim, snorkel or indulge in the multitude of water sports offered including Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddling and a host of other activities
There are excellent beach facilities such as bathrooms, showers and beach-chair rentals as well as bars and a restaurant. Tourist amenities include souvenir and water-sports shops.
Little Tobago or Bird of Paradise Island as its also known is a small bird island sanctuary off the northeastern coast of Tobago. It is about 1 mile long an covered entirely by forest.
The island has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1926, and is home to 50 species of native birds including many very impressive seabird colonies. It is the only location on Tobago where you can get incredibly close to such a wide variety of nesting birds.
You’ll be able to admire many species of sea and land birds that live there. One of them is the Red-billed tropicbird, which is a must see on the list of every bird watcher who comes to Tobago.
It should be noted a permit is needed to visit the island and this can be obtain easily from your Hotel and they can also make Tour arrangements to visit the island.
Tobago is a small island with many lovely beaches and it makes for lots of adventuring. You should also check out
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