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.