Tobago is really the last of the "unspoilt Caribbean." This strip of elongated land just 41 by 14 kilometres abounds with natural allure: palm-lined beaches, lush rain forests and pristine coral reefs.
Less than one-tenth the size of Trinidad and inhabited by only forty thousand people, Tobago feels intimate, quiet and friendly with a slower, more rural pace. Scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing sailing, bird watching, walking —these pursuits, more than Carnival or night life, draw visitors to the country's smaller, some say better, half. The island also has two golf courses set in spectacular surroundings.
The contrast of rolling hills against wave-beaten shores makes the island an unequalled beauty. The south (windward) coast is washed by the Atlantic ocean and is lined with vibrant fishing villages while the north (leeward) coast is more sheltered and overlooks the Caribbean Sea. In the main, the eastern landscape of the interior rises steeply into tall peaks, providing shelter for the oldest protected rainforest reserve in the western hemisphere.
Tobago boasts the first protected area in the northern hemisphere – the Main Ridge Forest, a reserve since 1776. Tobago dive-sites compare to any in the Caribbean, and include Buccoo Reef, where even non-swimmers can feast on the beauty. Just off the north-west coast are two of the region's most significant bird sanctuaries – Little Tobago and the sister isle of St. Giles.
For general visitor information about Tobago, we recommend www.myTobago.info.