The small but unspoilt island of Tobago is the perfect spot to escape to if you dream of winter sun, a dive into a clear blue ocean or a culinary adventure
Unspoilt Tobago is ideal for a relaxing winter sun break, with uncrowded white sand beaches, magnificent tropical forests, energising adventures and a friendly Caribbean welcome. The island is only 25 miles long, so easily explored with your own car or on organised excursions, and getting there is simple thanks to twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick
Protected since 1776, the UNESCO-listed Main Ridge Forest Reserve blankets the island's spine and is an enchanting place to hike along signposted trails. Argyle Falls is a 175ft cascade with pools where swimmers can take a refreshing dip, while birdwatchers will enjoy spotting some of Tobago's 230 species, including the gorgeous white-tailed sabrewing hummingbird.
Hit the water
Tobago offers countless ways to play in its clear, warm sea. Divers and snorkellers will find a thrilling underwater world rich with turtles, rays, sharks and brilliantly coloured fish and coral. Visitors can also admire the island's reefs on glass-bottom boat tours while at night at Bon Accord Lagoon you can kayak or paddleboard through waters glittering with bioluminescent plankton.
Luscious tropical fruits, freshly caught snapper and spicy roti – dining out in Tobago is all about savouring rich flavours in a casual setting. Tobagonians love curry crab with dumplings, along with steel pan music, beach picnics, goat racing and partying. At Christmas all the resorts join in the festive fun, while the Bago Carnival' in February is a spirited celebration with calypso music, costumed dancers and yacht races.
Close to the main resorts, Pigeon Point and Store Bay present a classic scene of glossy palms, powdery sands and happy families playing in turquoise waters. For something wilder, seek out the tranquil Mount Irvine, Stonehaven or Grand Courlan Bays, where nesting turtles can be seen from March onwards, or head to the quieter Englishman’s bay for a more deserted Robinson Crusoe-style experience. Nearby crescent-shaped Parlatuvier Bay is home to a picturesque fishing village, while on the Atlantic coast at Batteaux Bay you can take a boat trip to see the impressive seabird sanctuary island of Little Tobago.
The real love island
With its luxuriant nature, balmy climate and laid-back lifestyle, Tobago is perfect for a romantic winter holiday, be it a honeymoon, renewal of vows, a toes-in-the sand dream wedding or just the chance to grab some quality downtime with your loved one. The island has many enchanting places to stay, such as the beachfront Coco Reef Resort & Spa and the hillside Villas at Stonehaven, while venues for a memorable ceremony include panoramic viewpoints, heritage sites and secluded beaches.
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