TOBAGO BUCKET LIST: 19 of the best things to do

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Tobago is not like the other Caribbean islands. Far from being a destination popular with spring breakers and hordes of tourists sunbathing on sun loungers, Tobago is laid-back and full of charm. Tourism hasn’t made its mark on Tobago, and the all-inclusive resorts take up only the fraction of the island. Forget fancy restaurants and also glitzy shopping malls, sleepy Tobago is more authentic. Beyond, unspoiled beauty awaits picture-perfect towns, idyllic beaches, unspoiled rainforest with diverse birdlife, and roadside stalls piled with exotic fruits. With the friendly locals who do not treat you as walking dollar but as a human being, this is the place to go for the quiet escape in the Caribbean.

why you need to visit Tobago: Forget fancy restaurants and glitzy shopping malls, sleepy Tobago is more authentic. Beyond, unspoiled beauty awaits picture-perfect towns, idyllic beaches, unspoiled rainforest with diverse birdlife, and roadside stalls piled with exotic fruits. With the friendly locals who do not treat you as walking dollar but as a human being, this is the place to go for the quiet escape in the Caribbean.Discoveer best things to do in laid-back Tobago.

 

LOCATION:

Situated off the northeast coast of Venezuela, Trinidad, and Tobago is a country formed by two islands. The most southerly of the Caribbean islands, Trinidad and Tobago lie outside of the “Hurricane Belt.” The much smaller Tobago is about 40 km long (26 miles) and more than 11 km (7 miles) across at its widest point.

 

WHY VISIT TOBAGO:

Don’t let Tobago`s small size fool you. The island has a big personality and certainly offers a unique travel experience. Besides, Tobago’s soft sands are hard to resist. Also, there are plenty of attractions on offer too. The island with a dramatic landscape is undoubtedly known for its excellent snorkelling and diving spots. A honeymooner’s paradise is also a haven for the turtle and bird-watchers.

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UNMISSABLE THINGS TO DO IN TOBAGO:

 

Visit Pigeon Point Heritage Park

Pigeon Point in Tobago - top thing to see in Tobago. . An internationally recognized symbol of the island with soft white sand beach and the swaying coconut trees looks as pretty as a postcard. As well as being romantic, Pigeon Point is steps away from the action.

Pigeon Point, one of the most scenic spots in Trinidad and Tobago

 

If you are looking for a beach with a buzz in Tobago, Pigeon Point is a place to go. An internationally recognized symbol of the island with soft white sand beach and the swaying coconut trees looks as pretty as a postcard. As well as being romantic, Pigeon Point is steps away from the action. Pump up your adrenaline and enjoy some waters sports, such as kite-surfing, jet skiing, or stand-up paddleboarding.

best things to do in Tobago - Pigeon Point: If you are looking for a beach with a buzz in Tobago, Pigeon Point is a place to go. Pigeon Point is one of the most scenic spots in Trinidad and Tobago, and therefore, it is one of the best things to see in Tobago. Pump up your adrenaline and enjoy some waters sports, such as kite-surfing, jet skiing, or stand-up paddleboarding.

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The beach is a part of the Pigeon Point Heritage Park; therefore, expect to pay a daily admission charge of $20TT (about $3 USD) per person. The entry fee will give you access to the lifeguard-protected beach with bars, restaurants, bathrooms, and the other amenities.

Pigeon Point Tobago: Pigeon point with the famous thatched roof jetty and the sparkling aquamarine water is somewhere every traveler in Tobago should visit. The beach is a part of the Pigeon Point Heritage Park; therefore, expect to pay a daily admission charge of $20TT (about $3 USD) per person. The entry fee will give you access to the lifeguard-protected beach with bars, restaurants, bathrooms, and the other amenities.

 

Pigeon point with the famous thatched roof jetty and also the sparkling aquamarine water is somewhere every traveller in Tobago should visit.

Unsurprisingly, many holidaymakers head to Pigeon Point, and for that reason, the beach can get crowded in high season. The most famous beach in Tobago is located on the southwestern tip of the island, surrounded by a gorgeous lagoon and bordered by a coral reef. With its scenic views and relatively flat turquoise waters, it is easy to see why Pigeon Point is one of the best beaches in Tobago.  A magical place like this can be easily accessible from the capital of Scarborough, making it an unforgettable day trip for those arriving on a cruise ship. Pigeon Point is also situated only a few minutes driving from the airport.

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If you are not planning to leave without souvenirs, consider buying most of the gifts here. Pigeon Point is the principal place where you can get fridge magnets and other souvenirs.

 

Buccoo Reef

things to do in Tobago: Snorkeling in the Buccoo Reef is one of the top things to do in Tobago, because you can get personal with reef marine life in the warm Caribbean waters. Take a glass-bottom boat to the island`s largest reef departing regularly from the Pigeon Point Jetty or Store Bay. Buccoo reef is a protected marine park located offshore of Pigeon Point.

 

Although Pigeon Point’s beach is everything you need for a relaxing day, don’t forget to explore nearby Buccoo Reef. Take a glass-bottom boat to the island’s largest reef departing regularly from the Pigeon Point Jetty or Store Bay. A protected marine park located offshore of Pigeon Point is certainly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tobago. The more adventurous travellers can get personal with reef marine life in the warm Caribbean waters. It is well worth booking a tour.

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It should be noted that Buccoo Reef has suffered a lot of damage from storms and also human action. Despite the loss, there is still plenty to see at the Buccoo reef.

 

Nylon Pool in Tobago

best things to do in Tobago: No trip to Tobago would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Nylon Pool. A meter-deep offshore sandbar in the middle of the turquoise waters is a natural phenomenon. A natural swimming pool with palm-fringed Pigeon Point in the background is only accessible by boat. With such jaw-dropping views, you will never want to leave this stunning lagoon!

Take a dip in the Nylon Poolone of the best things to do in Tobago

No trip to Tobago would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Nylon Pool. A meter-deep offshore sandbar in the middle of the turquoise waters is undoubtedly a natural phenomenon. Jump off the boat in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and swim in a pool with waist-deep waters. The Nylon Pool, located south of Buccoo Reef, is surely one of the most popular attractions in Tobago. A natural swimming pool with palm-fringed Pigeon Point in the background is, however, only accessible by boat. With such jaw-dropping views, you will never want to leave this stunning lagoon!

things to do in Tobago: Nylon Pool in Tobago is a must attraction in Tobago, because this one metre deep offshore sandbar with waist-deep waters is an unforgettable experience. Jump off the boat in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and swim in the crystal clear waters.

A glass-bottomed boat tour to Nylon Pool in Tobago is one of the major attractions for swimmers.

The pretty crystal clear lagoon that stuns tourists and locals alike was named by Princess Margaret, who said the water was as clear as her nylon stockings. Some believe the waters of the lagoon have rejuvenating powers. One thing everyone can agree on is that the Nylon Pool is certainly magical.

The Nylon Pool, an offshore sandbar that formed in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, is undoubtedly one of the best things to see in Tobago.

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Make sure you keep an eye out for the local marine life too. If you are lucky, you can also spot stingrays.

 

No Man’s Land

For more secluded experience, visit a unique place called No Man’s Land. A secluded beach located near the Bon Accord Lagoon is a perfect location for a barbecue or picnic. The scenic No Man’s Land surrounded by the mangroves is only accessible from the sea. Those who would like to visit it need to take a boat tour that includes a stop here.

 

Bioluminescence in Bon Accord Lagoon

After the sunsets and the first stars bright up the sky, set out for a bioluminescent experience. Millions of glowing microorganisms put on a light show in the glowing water in the nearby Bon Accord Lagoon – don’t miss that! An unforgettable phenomenon can be experienced on the motorboat. Alternatively, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to Bon Accord Lagoon.  

GOOD TO KNOW:

The fringed mangrove lagoon is the best experienced when the sky is dark (not during a full moon). Besides, the bioluminescence is harder to see after several days of rain. Keep that in mind when booking your tour.

 

Fort King George and the Tobago Museum

Fort King George: Recently refurbished Fort King George is the twin island`s best-preserved fort. Built during the turbulent period when the island changed hands many times, the fort offers great views of Scarborough Bay. King George, with the location to keep an eye on the invaders, who fought over the island, provides a scenic escape from the crowds nowadays.

Fort King George – the Scarborough’s crowning glory is renowned for its tranquillity and also the beautifully landscaped grounds.

 

Travellers who you would like to learn more about Tobago’s past should not miss exploring Fort King George. Recently refurbished Fort King George is surely the twin island’s best-preserved fort. Built during the turbulent period when the island changed hands many times, the fort offers great views of Scarborough Bay. King George, with the location to keep an eye on the invaders, who fought over Tobago, provides a scenic escape from the crowds nowadays.

A military fort with restored colonial-era buildings, a prison, and also several cannons is an excellent place to watch the sunset. The officer’s quarters are now home to the Tobago Museum, where you will find a collection of antique maps, paintings, and also other artefacts.

FUN FACT:

Over the years, The English, French, and also Dutch did fight over the island. Tobago changed hands 30 times, but eventually, the island ended up in the British hands.

 

Responsible Turtle watching in Tobago

unique attraction: The twin island`s shores are some of the world`s most important nesting grounds for the most giant turtles on earth. Turtles can be seen by snorkelers and divers all year around the islands. Hundreds of giant leatherbacks nest can be found on Turtle beach, Mr. Irvine, and Grafton beach. Many resorts on nesting beaches can notify you when the nesting turtles have been sighted, or when baby turtles are ready for release. Turtle nesting seasons runs from March to September, though.

It’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. Once out of the nest, the hatchlings face many predators, including dogs, fish, and ghost crabs.

Searching for a unique experience in Tobago? If yes was your answer, don’t miss out turtle watching. The twin island’s shores are some of the world’s most important nesting grounds for the most giant turtles on earth. Turtles can be seen by snorkelers and also divers all year around the islands. Turtle nesting seasons runs from March to September, though. When you are planning a getaway to Tobago during this time, make sure you witness this once-in-a-lifetime-experience.

 

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GOOD TO KNOW:

The nesting turtles in Tobago are much easier to get to than in Trinidad. Hundreds of giant leatherbacks nest can be found on Turtle beach, Mr Irvine, and also Grafton beach. Many resorts on nesting beaches can notify you when the nesting turtles have been sighted, or when baby turtles are ready for release.

 

Things to remember:

  • do not drive on nesting beaches as the weight of the vehicle can crush eggs buried in the sand
  • also, do not touch or disturb nesting turtles or hatchlings
  • keep a distance from the laying turtle
  • try to be quiet at nesting beaches, do not use flashlight or flash photography as it can disorient both turtles and hatchlings

 

FUN FACT:

The leatherback turtle can travel 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or more each year in search of jellyfish

 

Sunday School

things to do in Tobago: Sunday school is one of the popular things to do in Tobago on Sunday, because each Sunday night, the locals and visitors flock to Buccoo village for the legendary street party. Sunday school – an outdoor street party with steel drum music and delicious food, is a must-have experience in Tobago. An evening with the famous steel drum music and DJ who takes over later in the evening is an ideal way to sample Tobagonian social life.

Did you know that the steel drums are the national instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago?

Wondering what to do on a Sunday night in Tobago?  Each Sunday night, the locals and visitors flock to Buccoo village for the legendary street party. Sunday school – an outdoor street party with steel drum music and delicious food, is surely a must-have experience in Tobago. An evening with the famous steel drum music and DJ who takes over later in the evening is an ideal way to sample Tobagonian social life.

 

Mangrove Boardwalk

Mangrove Boardwalk is an unusaul thing to see in Tobago, because it is unspoiled and undiscovered by many people. A quiet place with towering roots and winding paths will lead you to different locations. With plenty of birds and marine life, cracking branches add mystery to the Mangrove Boardwalk. Look for signs of life and spot crabs popping in and out of holes.

A walkway in the magical mangrove forest of Petit Trou Lagoon

Looking for a more adventurous activity? Step beyond ordinary and take a stroll through the magical mangrove forest of Petit Trou Lagoon. Mangrove Boardwalk is certainly one of Tobago’s best-kept secrets – an unspoiled and undiscovered by many people. A quiet place with towering roots and winding paths will lead you to different locations. With plenty of birds and also marine life, cracking branches add mystery to the Mangrove Boardwalk. Look for signs of life and spot crabs popping in and out of holes. And the best of all? Enjoy this unforgettable light show without a need to pay for admission.  

The Tobago Plantations boardwalk in Lowlands is undoubtedly one of Tobago’s treasures.

 

Castara Bay

Castara beach  Castara views: A small fishing village located up north on the west side of the island is an ideal place to spend some time relaxing. An unspoiled bay with numerous coconut palm trees, fishing boats, and calm waters with a reef quite close to the shore has a laid-back feel.

 

Next along the coast is picturesque Castara Bay. A small fishing village located up north on the west side of the island is an ideal place to spend some time relaxing. An unspoiled bay with numerous coconut palm trees, fishing boats, and also calm waters with a reef quite close to the shore has a laid-back feel. Castara bay with low-key guest houses and Castara Retreat is a popular stop on the island`s excursion. Make sure you don`t miss that.

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Castara waterfall in the nearby rainforest is only an easy walk from the bay.

 

Englishman’s Bay Tobago

Englishman`s Bay Tobago: Tucked away between the sleepy fishing village of Castara and Parlatuvier, Englishman`s bay is one of Tobago`s real jewels. A beautiful horseshoe of yellow sand that lies on the edge of the untouched rainforest, Englishman`s bay is not well known to many tourists. With its green-blue water and lots of coconut and palm trees, it`s no wonder Englishman`s bay offers extraordinary views all year round.

 

If you are looking to get well off-the-beaten-track, there are few places more undiscovered that touristy Pigeon Point. Tucked away between the sleepy fishing village of Castara and Parlatuvier, Englishman’s bay is certainly one of Tobago’s real jewels. A beautiful horseshoe of yellow sand that lies on the edge of the untouched rainforest, Englishman’s bay is not well known to many tourists. With its green-blue water and lots of coconut and also palm trees, it`s no wonder Englishman’s bay offers extraordinary views all year round.

Englilshman`s bay in Tobago- one of the top things to see in Tobago. Despite its lack of popularity, Englishman`s bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Tobago. A secluded beach on the northern coast of the island is easily accessible from the south of the island.

Despite its lack of popularity, Englishman’s bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Tobago.

A secluded beach on the northern coast of the island is easily accessible from the south of the island.

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Unfortunately, public toilets cannot be found here.

 

Parlatuvier Bay

things to do in Tobago: visiting Parlatuvier Bay should be on your Tobago bucket list, because this picturesque bay is a perfect blend of natural beauty and tranquility.

 

Further north, another beautiful bay can be found. Like many other Tobago’s bays, Parlatuvier Bay, with its golden sand and also clear waters, is partly sheltered. Located at the north-western part of the island, Parlatuvier Bay is a blend of natural beauty and tranquillity.

Glasgow bar, on the hill above the village Parlatuvier offers stunning views of the island.

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The best way to see the bay if from the above. Stop at the Glasgow Bar on the hill above the village for unforgettable views. If lucky, you might even spot the parrots flying.

 

Pirate’s Bay Tobago

things to do in Tobago: Pirate`s Bay is certainly a top thing to do in Tobago, because this quiet secluded bay nestled between the thick rainforest and the sparkling Caribbean Sea is perhaps Tobago`s prettiest bay. If you are looking for an unspoiled beach with calm waters and excellent snorkeling, this is your best choice.

 

Don’t leave Tobago without visiting serene Pirate’s bay, situated on the north of the island. This quiet secluded bay nestled between the thick rainforest and the sparkling Caribbean Sea is perhaps Tobago’s prettiest bay. It takes a little bit of effort to get to Pirate’s bay, but if you are looking for an unspoiled beach with calm waters and also excellent snorkelling, this is your best choice.

 Emerald green Pirates Bay can be seen in the Robinson Crusoe movie from the fifties.

 

Pirate’s bay is, without doubt, a Tobago`s most unspoiled bay.

 

To access Pirate’s Bay, take a short hike from slow-paced Charlotteville or ask a local fisherman to take you on a small boat to this stunning bay. Don’t forget to bring drinks and snacks with you; the beach is deserted, though.

FUN FACT:

 Emerald green Pirates Bay can be seen in the Robinson Crusoe movie from the fifties

 

Hike from Charlotteville to Pirate’s Bay

Hike from Charlotteville to Pirate`s Bay and enjoy a day on a secluded beach.  Pirate`s bay stairs from Charlotteville allow you to access one of the most beautiful bays on the island. It takes a little effort to access it, but it is definitely worth it.

from Charlotteville to Pirate’s Bay

 

Hike from the sleepy Charlotteville to Pirate’s Bay and enjoy a day on a secluded beach. Take a dirt road from the village and follow 150 steps descent to the beach. It takes a little effort to access the bay but is surely worth it.

 

Lovers’ Bay Tobago

unique things to do in Tobago: Visiting Lover`s Bay in Tobago is one of the best unique things to do in Tobago, because this small pink beach with crushed-shell sands is a hidden treasure missed by many visitors. Although the untouched bay with a romantic name can be reached only by boat, it is certainly worth a visit. Lover`s Bay with a beautiful coral reef also offers some of the best opportunities for snorkeling.

Off-the-beaten-path Lover’s Bay offers an excellent opportunity for snorkelling in Tobago.

For even more secluded experience, ask a local fisherman to take you to hidden Lover’s bay. A bay edged by tropical rainforest is located a couple of kilometres to the west of the village of Charlotteville. A small pink beach with crushed-shell sands is a hidden treasure missed by many visitors. Although the untouched bay with a romantic name can be reached only by boat, it is certainly worth a visit. Lover’s Bay with a beautiful coral reef offers some of the best opportunities for snorkelling. Besides, this remote secret beach is full of charm and appeal. Make sure you check this place out!

Lover’s Bay is far from the usual tourist areas in Tobago.

reefs snorkeling on the island

Snorkelling in Lover’s Bay is certainly one of the best things to do in Tobago.

Try a local cuisine

After snorkelling in the Caribbean waters, why not sample the Tobagonian flavours in one of the local restaurants? Don’t miss the opportunity to taste crab and dumpling, or some of the fresh seafood. The Tobagonian cuisine with a fusion of Creole, Indian, African, and also Caribbean cuisines offers a unique culinary experience. An excellent place to try a local cuisine is the Suckhole in Charlotteville. The Suckhole restaurant located directly on the beach will certainly make you fall in love with the local food.

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The Suckhole is a popular restaurant in Charlotteville; therefore, expect to wait for your meal at least for an hour.

 

Main Ridge Forest Reserve Tobago

A trip to Main Ridge Forest Reserve is a must for nature lovers, although a trip here promises breath-taking views and stunning holiday photography.

 

Despite the fact Tobago has many reasons to visit; the Main Ridge Forest Reserve should be up there with the best of those reasons.

You may not associate Tobago with lush, green rainforest, but Main Ridge Forest Reserve truly is an oasis compared to the south of the island. What is about the Tobago Forest Reserve, which forms the backbone of the island, to make it so unique? Firstly, the rainforest is protecting many endemic species that originated in mainland South America. What is now, Tobago was once attached to South America, but it migrated north over millions of years. Famous for its abundant diversity life, this park is also home to the island’s highest point.

things to do in Tobago: Main Ridge Forest Reserve is an unforgettable thing to see in Tobago, because this is truly is an oasis compared to the south of the island. Besides, the rainforest is protecting many endemic species that originated in mainland South America.

A trip to Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago is a must for nature lovers. A trip here promises breath-taking views and stunning holiday photography.

Secondly, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago is the oldest legally protected forest in the Western Hemisphere. The mountainous volcanic spine of Tobago with the lower temperatures and winds is peaceful and also stuffed with incredible wildlife. Hike through the evergreen rain forest and look out for the rare white-tailed sabre wing hummingbird, which is endemic to the island. A network of hiking trails enables you to reach untouched corners of the rainforest on foot. Guided tours provide a great way to experience the Main Ridge Forest reserve with local knowledge at hand.

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You can drive through the reserve. A peaceful drive through the reserve is also one of the most beautiful ways to see the rainforest. Besides, it is a great alternative to hiking.

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A raincoat is a useful accessory.

 

Cool off in one of the waterfalls

off-the-beaten-path Tobago attractions: cool off in one of waterfalls.

 

Tobago’s waterfalls attract locals and visitors alike. Some of them require a long walk while others need only a short walk. The tallest and most impressive of them all is the Argyle waterfall, which can be found just outside Roxborough. If you have a chance, check out Highland Waterfall or Rainbow waterfall.

 

Little Tobago Island

Goat island and Little Tobago

 

Take a glass-bottom tour to Little Tobago located on the east side of the island. A remote little island is considered to be one of the Caribbean essential seabird sanctuaries. Also known as Bird of Paradise Island, the island with several kilometres of well-marked trails is a must-have attraction for birdwatchers. A day excursion can be arranged from Speyside village at the Blue Water Inn.

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The island is also one of the most popular diving and snorkelling sites. Here, beautiful Angel Reef with diverse marine life offers an opportunity to see the most massive brain corals in the world.

 

Watch the seine net fishing.

watch the seine net fishing

The traditional Seine nets fishing can be seen at Turtle beach

Though visitors can rent a boat and go fishing, sport fishing is not very common. Instead, see the seine nets being pulled early in the morning in one of the beaches on the island. Witness the traditional net fishing that has remained unchanged for around 150 years. Beaches with seine fishing activity are at Mont Irvine bay, Black Rock, Turtle Beach, Castara, or many others.

 

How to explore Tobago

around the island tour is a must when in Tobago

 

To make the most of Tobago, go on around the island guided tour or rent a car. Tobago is a small island, and it can be easily explored in one day. Visitors who would like to explore the island at a leisurely pace need 2 days to cover most of the sights. Wind down your windows, put on your favourite tunes, and get ready for your next adventure.

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