Experience the Beauty and Friendliness of Tobago

The beauty of Tobago is exceptional. The friendliness of the people is unsurpassed. There is so much to see that 1 week in this paradise is not nearly enough time. You must see and experience it yourself to understand.


Experience the Beauty and Friendliness of Tobago

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

A trip to the rain forest is a must-do for first-timers to this lovely island. There is a tendency to want to keep going farther and farther in because of the beauty around you, but don't forget - you have to walk out, too. And it’s uphill! If you like horseback riding, the beach trip with Looking Out Stables is an event you won't soon forget. Swim with the horses in the sea. I'm not talking walking through the water, but actually swimming.

Nightlife MUST include the Diver's Den and Shade. Any age will feel welcome and comfortable.

Sunday School is another event not to be missed. Lovely trinkets can be purchased at the stands at the Store Bay Beach facility. It’s within walking distance from Sandy Point. There's a little French bakery/coffee house just opposite the airport that has the greatest goodies.

We did not dive, but some friends did and said the diving on the most northern side of the island was excellent. The day cruise out of Store Bay on the boat Millennium was remarkable according to another acquaintance we met. Some other friends did the snorkel trip to Little Tobago and then went on to see the waterfall. That got mixed reviews, depending on how much energy you wanted to use, I guess.${QuickSuggestions} The boat trip on the Millennium is $15 for a 2.5- hour ride. It goes to a little island for snorkeling. If you want to stay the rest of the day and party on the island, the total for the day would be $50. You can make that decision once you are on the island. From what we heard, it was a food-and-rum punch extravaganza, along with games, music, dancing, swimming, and snorkeling.${BestWay} Taxi seems to be the best bet. From Sandy Point Beach Club, you can walk to Store Bay. For those who are used to driving on the left (right-side steering wheel), a car rental would be good. If you are not experienced in this kind of driving, it’s difficult because of the narrow, winding, turning roads. The trips offered by Sandy Point are a good bet because they do the driving and you get to see the beautiful scenery.


Sandy Point Beach Club

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
Store Bay Beach Facility, shops, and nightlife

Best Things About the Resort:
The resort is fairly small, so it is easy to make friends and stay friends. The clubhouse/bar was the gathering place for everyone to discuss their day's travels and experiences. The bartenders were always attentive and sometimes joined in with the festivities. There are numerous activities and trips planned by the resort, which makes it easy to schedule your days and nights. The pool is not large, but it's more than big enough to cool you down. Also, several hot tubs are situated throughout the resort, great for the aching back after a day (or night) of too much activity. The bar area is large, with tables and chairs under the "hut." Ceiling fans take away some of the heat when there is not a breeze. A pool table is always open and ping-pong is available. Prices of drinks are well within reason.

Resort Experience:
The resort is not luxury. It’s pretty basic but very well equipped. We had a two-bedroom unit that had everything we needed, except a bottle opener and a few steak knives. Hair dryers and an iron are included. We also had a radio/CD player, which the smaller units did not have. Many of the units are in the process of being remodeled and refurbished. Ours was one which had been already redone.

They seem to have a lot of rules and regulations which at times were annoying. It wasn't so much the rules, which were quite understandable, but the attitude of the person telling you you'd broken a rule that was bothersome. Elvira, the guest coordinator, was a real gem, friendly and caring. Leroy, one of the men that runs the shuttle and drives the van for the rain forest trip, was a fabulous person who kept us entertained with his stories and songs. Most of the girls at the reception desk were not particularly friendly and had the attitude they could care less if you were there or not. One girl, a tall, thin, attractive girl who spoke quite clearly was very nice, and I found myself looking for her if I had to go to the desk for something. I'd return to this resort again. Just be careful of the rules!

Sandy Point Beach Club
Crown Point
Tobago, West Indies
(868) 639-0820

Cafe Coco

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

The restaurant is new and quite beautiful. It is open air, with marble, fountains, and beautiful gardens. The staff was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. We had seven people and needed three separate checks, which did not faze the waitress at all. The food ranged from salads to pizzas to steak dinners and seafood of all types. My group of three had a chicken sub sandwich, a steak dinner, and a Caesar salad (dinner size). Drinks included a rum and coke and two Caribs.

The total for all, including tax and tip, was TT$262, or approximately US$44. It was very romantic, which was obviously not needed for our party of seven.

The restaurant had come recommended and was okay. I would not make a second trip there during a short stay because there are other great restaurants to try.

Cafe Coco
Store Bay, Local Road
Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
639-0996

Best of Thymes

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

The menu is fairly limited for non-seafood eaters. One person in our party had the crab legs, which she said was exceptional. Two others had the chicken breast, and both said it was good. Two of us had the pork chops, which were good, though not like pork chops I've known in the US. The jerk chicken appetizer was wonderful. It was plentiful and could have been eaten as a dinner (if you’re not an enormous eater). The atmosphere was nice, with tables situated around the pool area. Our waiter was attentive but hard to attract when we needed more ice (several times). There was no rush to finish and leave - just take your "island time." Overall, it was an okay meal for your money.
Best of Thymes
Crown Point Beach Hotel
Crown Point , Trinidad and Tobago
(868) 639-8781

Sandy Point Beach Club Restaurant

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

This is a great place for breakfast. It overlooks the sea. For $5, you can go away totally stuffed and ready for the day. It is a definite recommendation if you’re too lazy to cook breakfast for yourself.
Sandy Point Beach Club
P.O. Box 377
Scarborough, Tobago, W.I.
(868) 639-0877

Snorkeling from Shore

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

I was a little disappointed in the snorkeling in Tobago. We went to Englishmen's Bay, which was supposed to have excellent snorkeling right off the beach. It was quite cloudy and you really couldn't see anything. I understand from others that that's pretty much the situation all over if you're snorkeling from shore. As you get out farther, it gets better. We did not do a boat trip, so we never got to experience it.

Nightlife in Crown Point Area

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by LindaW on May 30, 2005

The two best nightclubs in the Crown Point area are the Diver's Den and Shade. Shade is made entirely of debris from Hurricane Ivan, a big hut with a dance floor, tables, and a bar. It jumps until the very wee hours of the morning. Diver's Den is a smaller place right around the corner with a nice bar. It is always packed, with loud music. Security is good. Taxis are readily available to take the weary home.

Tobago - Go with the Flow

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by LindaW on May 29, 2005

Tobago is a beautiful island, not just in the scenery, but the people also. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Leroy from Sandy Point was quick to describe the difference between American and Tobago citizens. Americans walk fast and talk slow, but in Tobago, they talk fast and walk slow. To go at island speed is to get it done - well, sooner or later, most likely later. Just because the sign says starts at 7pm doesn't really mean 7pm. It means 7-ish.

They party all night. I'm not real sure how they manage to get up the next day. Saturday night is a slow night at the nightclubs because everyone is still recovering from Friday night. Then Sunday night is Sunday School, so Monday morning shops/vendor stands tend to open a little later than normal.

Sunday School is not really Sunday school, but rather a street party with merchandise vendors, food vendors, and music, music, music. We had been advised to be very careful at Sunday School - don't wear jewelry, take too much cash, and stay in groups. We did not see any incidents of trouble. The nightclub scene seems to pick up again around Wednesday and continue on Thursday and Friday.

One week is not nearly enough time to see this beautiful location and still have time to chill out and relax.

Several people in our party had a problem with insect bites. OFF pretty much took care of keeping the bugs away. Just remember to reapply if you’re sitting outside for long periods at night.

Definitely bring home a few locally made CD's to remember the gentle breezes, the reggae music, the lighthearted spirit, and the friendliness of this island. We should all come home having learned a lesson from these people. Politeness and friendliness DO count.


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