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Tobago

The Caribbean has long been the holiday destination of choice for many. Who could resist the Caribbean Sea’s turquoise waters, sandy beaches and wonderful climate?

The Caribbean covers nearly three million square kilometres, stretching from the Gulf of Miami to the Venezuelan coast of South America. There are over 7,000 Caribbean islands, but only a small percentage are large enough to be populated. The geographical nature, ethnic backgrounds, history, language and customs of the Caribbean are as diverse as Europe itself.  

Castara Beach, TobagoTobago, and sister-island Trinidad, are the most southerly islands in the Caribbean chain. In fact, Trinidad is just seven miles off the South American coast. Since gaining independence from Britain, these two islands form the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Although united politically and financially, the two islands could not be more different and actually have surprisingly little in common.

Tobago, the Jewel of the Caribbean

Tobago has remained undeveloped as a tourism destination for a long time. The opening of an international airport in recent years has changed this, but the lack of development still remains one of Tobago’s greatest charms.

Unlike other Caribbean islands, Tobago is actually an extension of the Venezuelan mainland. The island is only 26 miles long and 8 miles wide and the interior is dominated by the Main Ridge – the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere. The landscape can best be described as lush, green and hilly. The only substantial development is a narrow belt of coral plain stretching from the island’s airport at Crown Point to the capital, Scarborough. Over 80% of Tobago’s 50,000 population lives in this belt.

The coast of Tobago abounds with small, natural sandy beaches where you will regularly find yourself alone; truly in paradise. The proximity to South America and warm waters produce some of the best bird-watching and diving in the Caribbean.

Over and above the natural beauty, Tobago’s strongest and most noticeable feature is the hospitality and friendliness of the local population, particularly when compared with other Caribbean destinations. Ignored by the rest of the world for centuries, Tobagonians are immensely and justifiably proud of their island and only too delighted to share it with visitors.

The Weather & Getting There

Englishman's Bay, TobagoTobago lies just 11° north of the equator and is outside the main hurricane belt. As a result, temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, the waters are warmer and the island suffers fewer autumn storms than many of the more northerly Caribbean islands. Average daytime temperatures are 29°C, with a maximum in the low to mid 30s. The 'rainy season' runs from early June to late November and is normally typified by short sharp bursts of rain. The North East Trade Winds blow in from the Atlantic Ocean all year, fanning Tobago and resulting in the island’s wonderful climate. These cooling sea breezes are the reason that intrusive air-conditioning is seldom necessary on the island.

Tobago now benefits from an increasing number of direct air flights from Europe and North America. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and charter operator Excel Airways offer several flights a week from London Gatwick. BWIA operate weekly flights from London Heathrow and Washington. Thomas Cook (Condor) operates a weekly flight from Frankfurt. Additional flights arrive via Trinidad, utilising the 20-minute air-bridge that connects the two islands.

For more detailed information on Tobago, we recommend readers to www.myTobago.info, the definitive visitor guide to Tobago.

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