Tobago is an unspoiled island in the Caribbean; it’s the ideal place to get away from it all. It’s slightly smaller than its sister island, Trinidad, but it’s absolutely brimming with glorious rainforests, colourful coral reefs and miles of pristine beaches. From the volcanic shorelines (where you’ll find Hawksbill turtles) to the refreshing Nylon Pool lagoon, this is a dream-like destination. And on top of all this, you’ve got year-round sunshine. Holidays in Tobago really are your little slice of paradise.
Enjoy a tropical climate all year round.
ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB).
Book a holiday to Tobago with Thomas Cook for idyllic Caribbean beaches and energetic festivals that guarantee equal doses of fun and relaxation.
Holidays in Tobago
Tobago’s capital and main town of Scarborough, in the south of the island, is where you will find the main buzz of the island, including the two-day Carnival. If you love finding out about the history of where you’re staying, Scarborough is also home to Fort King George, built in the 1770s and still with much of the original site preserved today. If you simply want to get away from it all on one of Tabago’s longest stretches of golden sand, head to the popular resort of Great Courland Bay. Here you may even catch a glimpse of a leatherback turtle!
You won’t be able to resist the white-sand beaches and the sparkling blue sea is a calming presence. If you want to explore what lies beneath, you can try exploring the beautiful coral reefs with a spot of diving or snorkelling. You can discover a wealth of natural beauty beyond the shoreline, too; make a beeline for the UNESCO-protected Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve to see the tropical rainforest in all its glory.
Golfers will adore the island’s two championship golf courses, boasting panoramic ocean views that could easily put you off your swing. When you’re ready to sample traditional cuisine, it’s worth seeking out crab and flour dumplings with a sip of spicy pacro water. If you want to let loose, go ahead and get dressed up for one of the country’s famous carnivals.
There’s so much to discover beyond the beaches on Tobago holidays. To explore the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere, you’ll want to head for Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve. You’ll find yourself surrounded by luscious greenery and towering trees as you make your way along the nature trails. It’s home to many magical waterfalls, and the highest of them all is Argyle Galls, where you can see kingfishers and take a dip in the water.
You can also swim in the Nylon Pool lagoon, which claims to have powers of ‘rejuvenation’. If you love the sea, Buccoo reef is the place for you; it’s perfect for snorkelling or scuba-diving. If you want to see the colourful coral reef from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat ride, hop on board from Pigeon Point to see the spectacular underwater world.
Every year from mid-July to early August, Tobagonians hosts their own heritage festival; it moves from village to village celebrating the island’s culture and traditions. Enjoy the distinctive sounds of traditional music played on the fiddle and tambourine while hearing stories about an island that’s steeped in history. If you want something quieter, it’s worth visiting Fort King George. Built in the 1770s, much of the original site is preserved, including the barracks and the prison. If you’re around on Easter Tuesday, you won’t want to miss the famous goat and crab race (one of the island’s stranger traditions).
White sand, sparkling seas and coconut trees; for many, that’s what holidays to Tobago are all about. For the ultimate seclusion, choose Pigeon Point, and make sure to get a photo of you on the iconic thatched-roof jetty. Store Bay at Crown Point has lots of beach bars nearby, serving up hearty Caribbean food; tuck into crab with dumplings fried in a thick curry and coconut sauce while you enjoy the sparkling sea views. Then there’s the spectacular Stonehaven Bay; it’s a picturesque beach surrounded by wild scenery, and if you’re lucky you’ll see leatherback turtles nesting here.
Beach lovers: Unwind in the Caribbean sunshine on Store Bay at Crown point, or head for Stonehaven Bay to see wild scenery and leatherback turtles nesting.
Couples: Quiet beaches, turquoise waters and glorious scenery; is there anything more romantic? Head for Pigeon Point beach if you really want to get away from it all.
Explorers: Wind your way through the oldest rainforest in the Western hemisphere, Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve. Or head straight for Buccoo Reef National Park via a glass-bottomed boat.
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TT$).
Local time: Tobago is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: A.N.R. Robinson International Airport. It's just 10 minutes to transfer to Turtle Beach and Grafton Beach and around 30 minutes to Scarborough.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Tobago is 11 hours.
Tourist information: Find out more before you travel, here https://www.visittobago.gov.tt.
Visa & health: Click here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/trinidad-and-tobago to read about health and advice recommendations and advice before you go on holiday.
Temperatures: The average temperature is 29°C.
Best time to visit: To make the most of the sunshine, book your getaway for the dry season (December to May).
You can expect a tropical climate and year-round sun on holidays to Tobago. The island has two main seasons: dry season runs from December to May and the rainy season is from June to November. But even during rainy season, mornings tend to be sunny and the rain usually falls in short, sharp bursts so you can still enjoy your holiday. And nights are lovely and clear, too, so you’ll see a fabulous Milky Way and millions of stars; just right for a moonlight stroll along the beach.
By taxi: Taxis and maxi-taxis (privately owned mini-buses) are readily available in towns, hotels and the airport. It’s a quick and easy way to get around.
By hire car: If you want to make the most of your time on the island, this is the way to do it. If your Tobago holidays are during the peak times, be sure to book a few months in advance to get the car you want.
By bus: You’ll find the main bus terminal in the island capital of Scarborough, with routes covering the majority of the island.
Carnival: It’s the most popular event here; expect flamboyant dancers and traditional music galore. Held in February or March, you can party day and night during this two-day event.
Buccoo Sunday School Street Party: No, there’s nothing religious about it. But this weekly event in the village of Buccoo is the perfect way to sample a slice of this islands social life. Think live music and dancing, and expect to join in, there’s no spectators here, everyone’s a participant!
Easter goat and crab racing: Yes, you read that right! If you’re around at Easter, come and watch this fun-filled event in Buccoo. It’s one of the island’s less conventional traditions.