Caribbean Islands Journals

Tobago and South America

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A travel journal to Caribbean Islands by koshkha

Quote: I spent a week on Tobago diving a few years ago and have combined those reviews with a couple of South American hotels.

Diving in Tobago

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It was October and we wanted to go diving. We couldn't face the Red Sea again - and despite the bombings in Sharm there weren't any good bargains to be had and I just didn't think that Egypt represented good value. Earlier in the year we'd already spent too much money on other holidays so we wanted something that would be new and different without costing a fortune. After reading a lot of diving brochures we chose to go to Tobago for a week and were really pleased that we did.We booked with one of our favourite dive operators, UK-based company Regal Dive. They flew us over with late and unlamented Excel airlines who unsurprisingly went into receivership a couple of weeks ago. I'll admit I ...Read More

Toucan Inn

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Hotel | "Toucan Time"

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My husband and I booked a week diving in Tobago and split the time so that we had 4 nights at the Toucan Inn and then had to move to the sister hotel - Inn on the Bay - because someone had booked the entire hotel for his 40th birthday party and was flying over family and friends. I suppose that's proof positive that some people love this hotel. I quite liked it but not the extent that I'd drag my family over to stay there and I probably wouldn't rush back for another go.The hotel is near to the airport - about a 4 minute transfer in a car or you can walk there in 20 minutes. It's on a quiet residential street and there's not much around other than a small parade of shops at the end of the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Toucan Inn
Box No. 452
Crown Point, Trinidad and Tobago
(868) 639 7173

Inn on the Bay

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Hotel | "Quiet, Friendly Beach-Front Hotel"

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In 2004 my husband and I booked a dive holiday in Tobago. We picked the Toucan Inn as our hotel but were disappointed to hear that it was full for the last few days of our trip. The tour company offered to put us in the Toucan Inn for the first few days and then transfer us to the Inn on the Bay for the rest of our trip. Since the dive operator was going to be the same with both hotels, we went along with the plan.The Inn on the Bay was actually a nice hotel than the one we spent the first half of the week in. The rooms were bigger, better decorated and very pleasant. And we were much closer to the beach which was directly in front of the hotel, though across quite a busy road. The Inn on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Hotel Quito

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Hotel | "Could I Have my Shoes Back, Please?"

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I stayed at the Hotel Quito in October 2004 when my husband and I were part of a tour group doing a 3 weeks trip around Peru, Ecuador and Galapagos. We stayed at the Hotel Quito twice - one night before and two nights after the Galapagos leg of our journey. The rooms were booked by our tour company but typically should cost between $50 and $100 per night.Getting to Quito had been an ordeal and we’d been through a hairy time in the Peruvian rain forest. Our flight out of Porto Maldonado, a one-horse gold-mining town, had been cancelled due to rain (it’s a rain forest, you’d think they’d be used to it) and we’d been stranded in the only scummy hotel in a bandit town that had any rooms. Then ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Hotel Quito
Av. González Suárez N27 142
Quito, Ecuador
+593 2 254 4600

Posada Amazonas

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Hotel | "The Real Macaw"

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On a three week tour of Ecuador and Peru, one of the highlights was to be a trip to stay in an eco-lodge in the Amazon rain forest. Things were looking shaky when the local airline, Lan Peru, was under threat of being wound up and we thought we might not get there, but the government stepped in and stopped the company closing because it was so important to the tourist industry. Thus we were very relieved that we actually managed to get flights.We flew into Puerto Maldonado, a dreary town that seems to exist only to offer R&R to rough chaps working in the rain forest and to act as a hub for eco-tourism tours. We hopped on a bus, then on a boat and about an hour out of Puerto Maldonado w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2010