Tobago Holidays 2013 / 2014:
Only a holiday break on the gorgeous island of Tobago allows you to experience the beauty and majesty of the oldest protected rainforest within the Western Hemisphere. This island has been a nature lover’s paradise for decades. A selection of David Attenborough’s “Trials of Life” series was filmed here, at the Little Tobago Seabird Sanctuary, and the famed aquatic explorer Jacques Cousteau was enchanted by the island’s coral reefs. Many of these incredible reefs are located just off the coast, making snorkelling a popular holiday activity for many visitors. After dark, head to “Sunday School” - it’s not what you think! This huge Sunday night street party pulses with soca rhythms as the boulevard comes alive with dancing.
Let’s face it; you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the beach during your Tobago holiday. Some beaches are particularly good for water sports, others have great restaurants and bars, and still others are quiet and secluded - perfect for a lazy afternoon. Englishman’s Bay is a treasure, perched just at the edge of the rainforest. At Pigeon Point, you can take a snorkelling lesson or book a glass-bottom boat cruise. Man-O-War Bay is very sandy and great for swimming.
You’ll find a lot more than tranquil beaches and glistening seas in Tobago, however. Despite its small size, the island is surrounded by one of the most amazing coral reefs in the world. Many holidaymakers come here just to snorkel and dive in the famous Buccoo Reef, a protected marine park. You can put on a mask and flippers for some serious face time with the reef’s inhabitants, or explore this otherworldly ecosystem from a distance aboard a glass-bottomed boat. Once you’re back on dry land, spend a day touring the island’s ancient forts, hike through one of the many nature reserves or take in a bit of culture at an art museum or gallery. Be sure to leave plenty of time to soak up the local flavour in one of Tobago’s charming villages - Castara, Charlotteville and Scarborough are a few of the most popular.
If you love bird watching, Tobago holidays offer more than 210 unique bird species to look out for. There are also three different kinds of marine turtles that make their homes on the island, whale watching, and plenty of sea life hiding in the reefs.
The ultimate excursion on a holiday in Tobago is a visit to Trinidad, the island’s closest neighbour. If Tobago is an introvert, Trinidad is its outgoing sister. Close in geography but a world apart in atmosphere, Trinidad is a vibrant, lively island, the birthplace of calypso music and world famous for its annual carnival celebration. You’re sure to find something there that you will love.
Feb - Carnival.
April - 5th Annual Jazz Festival.
May - Yachting World Regatta.
Jul - Tobago Heritage Festival.
One to watch out for: Described as the goat and crab racing capital of the world, head to the little village of Buccoo during the Easter holidays to witness the goat and crab racing as they sprint to the finish line (not together of course!). For more information please contact our Concierge rep.
Please note: all events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in this region.
• Pristine beaches and crystal clear waters
• Incredible snorkelling and diving
• Great golf at Mount Irvine Bay and Tobago Plantations
• Stunning natural waterfalls and rainforest hiking trails
• Superb birdwatching
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Our Top 4 hotels
This elegant hotel lies in its own beautiful well-tended gardens. The ambience created in the hotel attracts a high rate of repeat visitors and the level of service here is top notch - you'll be impressed by the little touches like speedy check in, nightly turn-down service and Champagne cocktails at the intimate Bobster's Champagne Bar*.
This friendly simple rex resort is tucked away on its very own beach on Courland Bay. The Turtle Beach is a family orientated resort, offering the Caribbean experience at excellent value for money. All guestrooms are sea facing and there is a lagoon-style swimming pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool located right next to the beach.
Taking its title from the original name of Tobago, La Magdalena, the resort boasts an excellent range of amenities including 3 swimming pools to laze around and 5 fine and casual dining options. If you fancy flexing your muscles, head to the fitness centre complete with sauna.
This award-winning charming boutique hotel boasts a fascinating history. Built on the ruined remains of Fort King George in the 1950s, the Blue Haven attracted Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum. Both the Queen and Princess Margaret visited the hotel and several films, including Swiss Family Robinson, have been filmed here.
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
Flight Details - We fly Mondays and Thursdays via Grenada upto 30 Mar ’13 on Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning service.
From 31 Mar ’13–30 April ’13 we fly on Mondays only via Grenada.
From 01 May ’13–26 Oct ’13 we fly on Mondays only via Antigua.
From 27 Oct ’13-30 Apr’14 we fly on Tuesdays and Saturdays via St Lucia.
Flight Time - Approx 9 hours.
Time Difference - GMT -4 hours.
Language - English.
Currency - Trinidad and Tobago Dollars TT$
Check In, Chill Out - Available at certain hotels (minimum numbers apply).
Concierge Service - Contact our Rep at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small beer - £0.80
Can of coke - £0.40
Loaf of bread - £0.60
Bottle of wine - £8.30.
The above are approx local supermarket costs.
Check In Chill Out is our fantastic service that allows you to soak up the sun right until the last minute.
This service is available at selected hotels in Barbados, Antigua, Tobago, Grenada and St Lucia. Check with your rep in resort if you aren’t staying at one of the participating hotels as you may be able to use a location nearby. Simply look for the Check In Chill Out icon on participating hotel pages.
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