LOCATION & HISTORY
Tobago is located in the Southern Caribbean – the smaller of the two islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, within the British Commonwealth. It is north-east of Trinidad and south-east of Grenada and considered to be outside of the hurricane belt. The island is covers a land area of 116 square miles (300sq km). The island boasts a rich and varied history, having been fought over by the Spanish, British, Dutch, Courlanders, French and Americans.
Banking hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm and Friday 9am-12noon & 3pm-5pm. Those within shopping plazas and malls are open from 10am-6pm. Shops are open from 8am-5pm Monday-Saturday – Malls are open from 10am-7pm and most are closed on Sundays.
Several denominations exist in Tobago including Catholic, Anglican, Hindu, Baptist, Muslim, Pentecostal and Seventh Day Adventist.
Tobago has a warm year-round climate ranging from 27°-30° with two main seasons – Wet Season from June to December and Dry Season from January to May. Being out of the ‘hurricane belt’ makes Tobago a great year-round destination.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
Tobago uses the Trinidad & Tobago Dollar and the US$ is widely accepted throughout the island at an approximate rate of US$1 to TT$6. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
British travellers need a Passport valid for three months longer than the intended stay.
From the UK Virgin Atlantic & British Airways fly directly to Tobago.
English is the official language of Tobago.
No special vaccines or precautions are required before your trip to Tobago. Tobago has a General Hospital and also a Recompression Facility for divers, based at the Roxborough Medical Clinic on the island’s northeast coast.
Tobago is in the Atlantic Time Zone and is 4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Tobago is a nature island and one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in the Caribbean. Tobago has won several prestigious Eco Awards including the World Travel Awards ‘Best Eco Destination in the World’ and the Caribbean Travel Awards Committee ‘No.1 Eco-Destination in the Caribbean’.
The island is home to over 6,000 species of plants and animals and has one of the highest densities of bird species in the world.
Wedding & Honeymoon – This is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations for Weddings – with pristine beaches and a wide variety of romantic venues and ideal for Honeymoons.
Diving – Tobago boasts some of the world’s finest dive and snorkelling sites and has many reefs including the world-famous Buccoo Reef.
Golf – The island has two 18-hole golf courses – Mount Irvine and the Tobago Plantations Golf Course – both offering very scenic settings. Both clubs offer professional coaching and equipment rental.
Kayaking is a very popular pastime.
Beaches – some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches can be found in Tobago.
Bird-watching – The island offers several great vantage points for bird watching including Little Tobago Island – a small off-shore island just off the village of Speyside; the Grafton Caledonia Wildlife Sanctuary and the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.
Goat & Crab Racing
Entertainment – The island is steeped in folklore, music and dance, inspired by its African heritage – offering a range of local events and festivals including the Tobago Heritage Festival which takes place annually from mid-July to early August, moving from village to village celebrating the island’s culture, customs and traditions. The violin and tambourine are the main instruments used in Tobago’s indigenous music and songs.