Discover the wild and untouched beauty of Tobago during your tailor made holiday. Idyllic powder-soft sandy beaches are fringed by the island’s lush green rainforest. Bursting with vibrant tropical flora and fauna, Tobago’s rugged and unspoilt landscape makes it a nature lover’s paradise. A holiday in Tobago is the perfect choice if you’re looking for unadulterated nature and a relaxed pace of life.
As one of the southernmost Caribbean islands, Tobago is considered the most untouched. Tobago’s Main Ridge Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. The reserve makes up two-thirds of the island and is home to many of the abundant scenic trails. Whether you hike or cycle, you’ll get to see rolling hills, stunning waterfalls, remote beaches and breathtaking views. The Gilpin Trace is the most prestigious trail and your guide will point out all the diverse plant and animal species. There are more than 200 bird species residing on the island, and whether you are a keen birdwatcher or not, it’s quite the thrill catching a glimpse of a hummingbird, bananaquit or a motmot. The trails usually end at Argyle Falls, a mesmerising three-tier waterfall.
Unspoiled, untouched, undiscovered Tobago
Pigeon Point Heritage Park with its thatched-roof jetty is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach. With some of the whitest sands in Tobago, the calm turquoise waters and swaying palms, this couldn’t feel more Caribbean. Just off Pigeon Point is Nylon Pool. Named by Princess Margaret, because its transparency resembled her stockings, this shallow white-sand natural pool is a definite must-see. Positioned in the middle of the reef, the crystal clear water is said to reverse ageing by 10 years. Legend also claims that if a couple kisses underwater here, they can expect a lifetime of happiness.
Why not discover different islands of the Caribbean all in one holiday? We recommend twinning your holiday to Tobago with a stay on nearby islands Grenada or Antigua.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included during your bespoke Tobago holiday. Tailored for couples, families or solo travellers, almost anything is possible, so please give us a call to discuss all your options.
Our favorite hotels
Whether you’d like to stay in a boutique hotel, hillside villa or an all-inclusive resort in Tobago , we have it covered. If you can’t see something you like, then we’d be more than happy to help.
The Villas at Stonehaven
Tobago is so special, you’ll be raving about it once you’ve visited. One half of the Trinidad and Tobago nation, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau once named its Buccoo Reef the third most spectacular on earth. Today, many people call its vibrant carnival, the greatest party on the planet. With mangroves, inviting waterfalls and an unspoilt virgin rainforest, eco-travellers are in their element here.
Buccoo Reef & the Nylon Pool
Tobago is known around the globe as a spectacular diving site. Setting sail from Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Buccoo Reef is home to beautiful South Atlantic coral and more than 600 species of tropical fish. The most infamous of all dive sites is Nylon Pool, a shallow water dive site with crystal clear waters. From here you can explore the coral beds and the populations of jewel coloured fish that live among them.
Concealed by the lush greenery of tropical forest is Argyle Falls. Towering at 175ft tall, it is Tobago’s highest waterfall, which cascades down over three levels. You will reach the falls via a 20 min hike through the jungle, and those with keen eyes will be able to spot plenty of birds and colourful butterflies along the trail. A reward for the pilgrimage is a dip into the cool pools – or perhaps you would prefer to dive in if you are brave enough.
Pigeon Point Heritage Park
Situated on the southwestern coast, Pigeon Point Heritage Park is a large nature reserve home to Pigeon Point Beach. Explore the protected natural spectacles and wildlife that call this place home, it's the perfect way to spend your day. Enjoy sunbathing on the award-winning beach, take a boat trip to Buccoo Reef and the Nylon Pool then head back for lunch and finish your afternoon with more sunbathing or a swim in the waters. Entrance fees apply $20TTD per person (subject to change).
With stunning forests and waterfalls located at the centre, nature reserves dotted across it, and reefs located off the shores it is no wonder an abundance of wildlife like to call Tobago their home. Nature lovers will be in their element; take a pair of binoculars to view the many species of birds singing in the trees, pack a camera to capture the turtles slowly sliding across the beaches or head underwater to view the marine life at Buccoo Reef.
Best time to visit Tobago
Tobago is an ideal sun-soaked holiday destination suitable to visit throughout the year. Tobago has a warm tropical climate with year-round temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C. The north-east trade winds bring a constant cooling breeze to the hottest days. The best time to visit is between January and March, when the weather is temperate and not too humid. The wet season runs from June to December, but you don’t need to be put off as Tobago’s tropical downpours are over in a flash.
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"Explore Buccoo Reef by taking a glass-bottom boat tour from Pigeon Point. Jacques Cousteau named it the third most spectacular reef in the world, and catching a glimpse of a manta ray, a sea turtle or the hundreds of colourful tropical fish is an unforgettable experience."
"The authentic and friendly island life is another lure to holidaying in Tobago. The small fishing village of Castara is one of the island's cultural hotspots. Watch the local fishermen pull in the seine in the early morning on Castara Beach, buy a fish broth straight from the fishermen, or join the bonfire beach party that takes place every Thursday night."
Events & Festivals
Tobago offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your Tobago holiday to ensure you experience them. Here are a few of our favourites.
TOBAGO JAZZ Experience
Taking place every April, this jazz festival brings together some of the best artists and gives you a chance to discover Caribbean-style jazz in the most fitting island setting.
Tobago Heritage Festival
Tobago’s Heritage Festival is the biggest event of the year. Running from mid-July to early August, it celebrates the unique cultural heritage of Tobago. Immerse yourself in different activities around the island and discover the many traditions within the island’s quaint and friendly villages.
Tobago Blue Food Festival
This truly unique culinary extravaganza brings Tobago’s food heritage to life. Local root crops, such as sweet potatoes, cassava and yams, are dug up and celebrated. A cooking competition is the main highlight of the festival, where cooks compete to create fine dishes from the root crop dasheen! It’s the perfect choice if you are a foodie looking to discover the nation’s cooking style during your tailor made Tobago holiday.
For true Caribbean flavours, Tobago is a foodie hotspot. The dishes available in Tobago still cater to the locals rather than the tourists, meaning you can enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine wherever you go. But here are a few of our favourite Tobagonian dishes to try:
Curry crab and dumplings
Tobago’s signature dish serves fresh crab spiced with curry flavour and is accompanied with flour dumplings.
Doubles are a tasty street dish of Tobago: mildly sweet stewed chickpeas and lashings of green chilli sauce are wrapped in two interlocking pieces of fried dough.
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