The island of Tobago
In General The island of Tobago is the smaller of the two sister islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It belongs to the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean and is located a few miles away from Venezuela. Trinidad and Tobago form, so to speak, the gateway to the Caribbean. On Tobago, there are only 54000 of the total 1.3 million inhabitants of the country.
Tobago is a paradise! With no industry, but with beautiful beaches, pristine rain forest, large and small waterfalls, secluded coves, mysterious caves and one of the oldest nature reserves ever.
Tobago is only about 25 miles from north to south, and between 6 and 8 miles from east to west.
Due to its turbulent history, the population of Tobago is a rather colourful mix and therefore more open-minded to strangers. The menu reflects this mix, too. Here you can find Caribbean, Oriental and Asian, as well as European cuisine. Apart from particularly tasty fish dishes, you have a chance to discover African and Indian influences in your food as well.
Though the official language is English, due to the island's proximity to Venezuela, Spanish is also widely spoken.
Sights On the way to Plymouth is Buccoo, where every Sunday night the so called ‘Sunday School' takes place. Half of the island's population, as well as tourists, meet regularly there, partying until early in the morning over rum or Carib (the local beer) to the sound of hot Caribbean music.
Buccoo is just a few metres away from the palm-lined golf course at Mt Irvine - one of the finest golf courses in the world. If you continue going towards Plymouth you'll get to Stonehaven and Turtle Beach , two sandy beaches ideal for swimming. From April to August, the primeval sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach. An unforgettable spectacle of nature ...
Charlottesville is located in the northeast of Tobago , about 3 miles from Speyside. In the morning, you can watch the fishermen on the beach haul in their nets. Often the catch is so great that up to 20 men are needed to haul it in. Around noon, the fishermen sell their catch of the day - mostly tuna and kingfish – fresh on the beach.
On 26 and 27 June 2010 in the Man O'War Bay the annual Charlotteville Fisherman's Festival is held.
Animal Kingdom Trinidad & Tobago is home to many wonders and mysteries. Hummingbirds, parrots, iguanas, monkeys, crocodiles, ocelots, crab-eating raccoons, opossums, armadilloes, as well as large turtles inhabit the area, just to name a few. There are over 600 species of butterflies, over 400 bird species and over 70 species of fish to marvel at.
Every year from April to August, on many beaches of the Caribbean sister islands of Trinidad and Tobago you can watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs.
As leatherback turtles are under serious threat of extinction, it is essential to avoid stressing the turtles in any way during their transition to land (cameras and flashlights are forbidden). For the sake of the turtles, you should participate only in officially guided nightly observation tours (Turtle Walks).