Trinidad and Tobago Journals

Tobago - a Wonderland off a Wonderland

A February 2008 trip to Trinidad and Tobago by MojoGoes

Heading to Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: We took a day trip to Tobago during Carnival week in Trinidad.

Tobago - a Wonderland off a Wonderland

Overview

Tobago from the air Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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We headed to Tobago after only a day on Trini. The morning arrived far too soon. The wake up call was jarring and I managed to throw what I thought I would need for a daytrip to paradise. I dozed as our maxi drove us to the airport, staring with much chagrin at my long legs crammed against the seat in front of me, preventing me from contorting the rest of my lanky body into any position suitable for sleep. Still, I slept, waking every few minutes as my head whacked the window or my calf seized with spasms.Getting through the airport at Port of Spain at 5am was relatively uneventful and we walked onto the tarmac and piled onto a small turbofan plane. The flight to Tobago was a good deal shorte...Read More

Castara Beach

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Attraction

Castara Beach Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Castara Beach was our first stop. It is a quiet fishing beach that is probably about 20 miles from the airport. The roads wind through Tobago’s tiny townships and settlements. Scarborough, Tobago’s main city, is a collection of a few concrete buildings and colonial-style government houses slung low against the hills rising from the island’s middle. There is a central market and ferry terminal (for trips to and from Trini) in Scarborough, and little else. It is all weather-beaten concrete and makeshift repairs to what were not masterfully-crafted structures to begin with. It is lovely.Stop at the market for some fruit or local homemade candy. People are friendly though they might stare as you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

Castara Beach

Castara, Tobago

Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool

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Attraction

Heading to Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Not far from the airport, on the western end of Tobago, is Buccoo Reef, a protected reef on the leeward side of the island. If you head to Buccoo Bay (on either Buccoo Bay Road or Buccoo Road. Tough to remember, I know) you’ll come to a small marina or dock. Try to get Captain Shebah Johnson and his mate, who can take you out on their glass-bottomed boat, Bretana. To be honest, the glass-bottom boat ride is a bit unimpressive but you can climb up on top of the boat and look out over the whole bay, from the sparkling Caribbean-blue waters out toward the inky Atlantic waters. I only recommend this for the sure-footed; the boat pitches and yaws over the slightest wave and unless the water is glassy, you’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

Pigeon Point

Attraction

Pigeon Point dock, Tobago Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Had I not been in T&T for Carnival and all its craziness, Pigeon Point would have been in contention for my favorite part of the trip. It is similar to Castara only in its quiet, unassuming, rustic island feel. The sand is gloriously white and the water is calm and blue. Pigeon Point is a northern-facing point that juts into the water, well protected by Tobago’s SW-NE orientation. As we pulled up to the point, there is a long wooden dock with a few boats moored around it and a handful of leathery, middle-aged Europeans staring at us as we jumped, half-naked and pasty from winter, onto the pier.We waved goodbye to the Bretana and headed inland all of 15 yards before we hit the palm tree border...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2008