Holidays to Tobago are quiet, simple and relaxing. Friendly islanders, lush interiors and a true Caribbean pace will entice and ensure enjoyment on a Tobago holiday. A picturesque paradise, Tobago's rainforests, exotic birds and coconut-lined shores are said to have inspired the classic tale, Robinson Crusoe.
This famously laid-back island is the ideal place to 'get away from it all'.
Beaches: Tobago boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean with a laid back atmosphere. Along the Atlantic side you will find beaches with darker grey volcanic sands and rougher waters, whereas the Caribbean coast boasts white coral sands and calm, crystal blue waters. Beneath the surface Tobago also boasts some of the most amazing dive sites and coral reef formations well worth discovering.
Bird watching: Tobago's terrain is as diverse as its culture, from white sandy beaches to lush rainforests. In the depth of the forests is any bird watchers paradise. Tobago boasts over 200 species of birds on just 116 square miles of land and has various great sights for bird watching including little Tobago, known as the Birds of the Paradise Island, providing a protected habitat for sea birds.
Diving and Snorkelling: With over 300 species of stunning coral including the worlds largest known brain coral, as well as an abundance of marine life and tropical fish there's plenty to see beneath Tobago's shores. Make sure you take a trip to the nylon pool, a shallow pool only waist high in the middle of the sea; the bottom of the pool is broken down coral which is said to make you look years younger if you exfoliate your skin with it.
Turtles: Tobago's beaches are some of the renowned breeding and hatching grounds for the endangered leatherback turtles. All along the shores you can see the remainders of turtle shells where the turtles have hatched. Hot spots for turtle nesting are Turtle Beach, a mile long sandy beach, and Stonehaven Beach. The turtles lay their eggs between March and June and the eggs hatch around three months later.
Sunday School: This weekly street party is a chance for you to mix with the locals and dance the night away to the sound of the Steel Pan, Jamaican Dancehall, Soca and R&B. Food and drinks are flowing and everyone present generally having a feel good time. Sunday school starts from around 8pm until the early hours in the town of Buccoo.
When to go
Temperature Range: 20°C - 32°C
Most popular: December - May
Best value: June, September, October and November
Best weather: December - May
Direct flights: Monarch and Virgin Atlantic
Indirect flights: British Airways
Visa information: None for British citizens
Health information: No special vaccines required but Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid recommended
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
When To Go
Best Time to Go
Tobago is best visited during the drier months of mid December to May, also the peak tourist season. The island during these months will be slightly busier but as a result you will find more options available to you in the form of trips, tours and excursions.
Most people choose to visit the island during the months of December to May to escape the colder climates back home. The island experiences the least rainfall and is slightly cooler during these months providing the perfect winter sun getaway.
The hottest months in Tobago are from June to October. Temperatures during these months can reach up to 32°C and because the hottest months coincide with the rainy season you will find humidity is also slightly higher, however higher trade winds mean it rarely feels extremely hot.
Tobago has a year round tropical climate and boasts a yearly average daytime temperature of 29°C. June to November are historically the rainy season, when the island encounters more clouds, rain and humidity, this also coincides with the hurricane season however the island rarely suffers from hits.
Tobago Travel Information
Etiquette and Customs
The import or wearing of camouflage clothing in Tobago is illegal as it is reserved for the military.
Topless bathing at the beach is not customary in Tobago.
Those found in possession of or found trafficking illegal drugs will face lengthy prison sentences in local prisons.
Beachwear is considered appropriate attire for the beach and is not suitable for main town areas or restaurants.
Most restaurant bills will automatically include a 10% service charge however you can leave more for good service should you wish. Any tips for other services are at your discretion.
There are three main carriers that we use offering flights to Tobago from the UK.
Direct Carriers: There are two direct carriers to Tobago from the UK, which are Monarch and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick
Indirect Carriers: British Airways offer a flight from London Gatwick with a touchdown in Antigua, however you will not have to change planes. British Airways also offer a service from most regional airports via London Gatwick with the touchdown in Antigua.
Fastest Flight Time: 9 hours.
British Passport holders do not require a visa to enter Tobago for tourist stays up to one month. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on the date of return.
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