Trinidad and Tobago Journals

Travels On Tobago

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A May 2005 trip to Trinidad and Tobago by MoDean

From The Leeward Road Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: After months of researching possible destinations for a long-overdue vacation, my mom and I were beginning to wonder if a trip to the beach without breaking the bank had been a naïve concept. Then we discovered Tobago.

Travels On Tobago

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From The Leeward Road Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Our accommodation, The Blue Waters Inn, was truly the highlight of our stay—reasonably priced, relaxed, and spread along the length of its own small, picturesque beach on the less touristy north end of the island. We easily slipped into a tranquil schedule that wound down around 8pm, after a rum punch in the bar as the sky grew dark over Batteaux Bay, and we fell asleep every night to absolute quiet, but for the waves rolling in no more than 10 yards away. It was easily the best place we’ve stayed in the Caribbean. Another distinct highlight was a rainforest tour with local bird-watching guide Newton Geo...Read More

Blue Waters Inn

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Hotel | "Blue Waters Inn: Part I - General Info"

Blue Waters Inn Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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The Blue Waters is a cluster of buildings spread along a private bay, down a small road from Speyside (at the northeast tip of the island, Atlantic side) that first climbs to a point where the turquoise sea spreads out in a stunning panorama below, then winds down a steep decline to the bay. A former summer camp, the grounds were designed with an apparent aversion to enclosed space. The front desk is set under a central covered pass-through to the beach. Turn left to enter the on-site restaurant, the Fish Pot, and to the Shipwreck Bar just beyond. On the other side of the bar is the hotel’s only enclosed common area—an air-conditioned TV and game room with a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Blue Waters Inn
Batteaux Bay
Speyside, Trinidad and Tobago
(800) 448-8355

Fish Pot Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Fish Pot - Blue Waters Inn"

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It’s easy to forget to eat in a place like Tobago. I don’t utter that phrase often, but with the heat and the relaxing pace, we hardly ever felt hungry. When we did, we usually headed to one of the two dining establishments at the Blue Waters. On our first night, we decided to try the main restaurant on site, the Fish Pot. Simply decorated in shades of blue, with the obligatory nautical paraphernalia (fishing nets, shells) draped on the walls and blue-and-white tablecloths on the tables, the restaurant is surrounded by huge windows. Try to snag a table next to one of them. (One small complaint: the windows were so caked with salt-water residue that you could ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Fish Pot Restaurant
Blue Waters Inn
Speyside, Trinidad and Tobago Batteaux Bay
(800) 448-8355

Shipwreck Bar

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Restaurant | "The Shipwreck Bar - Blue Waters Inn"

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When hunger strikes around lunch or dinner time at the Blue Waters Inn, walk into the Fish Pot restaurant… and keep walking. Directly adjacent is the Shipwreck Bar, the default place for hanging out and having a drink in the evening, as well as the best place for food at the Blue Waters. Here the Fish Pot’s high prices and so-so food quality improve dramatically, and you can eat at any time of day. Our favorite way to start out any meal here was with one of their several varieties of fresh, fruity rum punches. I stuck with the Rum Cooler (orange, banana, strawberry, and rum) and the Carnival Jump-Up (rum, grenadine, and coconut milk)—both dangerously d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2005

Shipwreck Bar
Blue Waters Inn
Speyside, Trinidad and Tobago
(800) 448-8355

Driving On Tobago

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The Windward Road Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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We had been up since 4am, spent five hours on airplanes, and lugged heavy bags full of snorkel equipment through two airports, so the 15-mile drive from our car rental agency to our hotel seemed like a piece of cake. Not so. As soon as we pulled out onto the main road from the Crown Point area, it became clear that driving on Tobago is a harrowing experience, with vaguely followed traffic laws and winding, narrow roads. Local drivers tear around each other within inches of oncoming traffic; in town, they stop in the middle of the road to run to the roadside stands, and locals meander across the street through spaces that hardly look wide enough to accommodate a small motorcycle. If you’re an American,...Read More

Driving The Leeward Road

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The Leeward Road Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Our best driving experience was along the Leeward Road (Caribbean side) from Charlotteville to Castara. The northernmost bit, from Charlotteville to L’Anse Fourmi, is officially unfinished, but only about a third of it is still unpaved. The rest is passable for any 4WD, though it’s probably smart to ask someone first if there’s been a lot of recent rain. For us, it was the most pleasant drive of the trip—no traffic, new pitch, and wider passes. We made numerous stops to admire the tiny roadside waterfalls (yes, waterfalls), unusual wildlife, and fantastic views where the ocean bled into the sky, creating a hazy blue infinity beyond the lush green bounds of the island. When passing through L’Anse Fourm...Read More

Blue Waters Inn: Part II - Our Stay

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Our One-Bedroom Bungalow Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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We arrived at the Blue Waters after a nerve-wracking 2 hours of driving the Windward Road, gritting our teeth around curve after curve while narrowly avoiding what seemed like certain death. Because we’d made stops at a few beaches along the way, because I’d forgotten to put on any sunscreen, and because the only way to keep the car cool along the way was to keep the windows down and the back flap up, we made our entrance in wet clothes, with outrageously wind-blown hair, and I had a sunburned left arm (from hanging out the window) to complete the picture—a nice compliment to the rest of my pasty-white self. That no one seemed to bat an eye at this when we walked up to the front desk is a testament to...Read More