Things to do in Tobago
By Syed Hussain
While visiting Tobago and staying at J'Ouvert Villa (pronounced joovay), a famous holiday resort, in Trinidad and Tobago, I at first wondered the tranquility of the area as it appeas there is nothing happening in this place, but on the contrary this place offers the visitors exciting things to do at Robinson Crusoe's Island - Tobago. One can indulge in the natural beauty, white sandy beaches, golf at best golf courses, water sports, tours, and enjoy the history and beautiful culture and nature scenery, lush rain forest, waterfalls, small villages, winding roads, delicious Caribbean food and cuisine, and friendly people.
Situated 32 km (21 miles) northeast of its sister isle Trinidad, Tobago is latitude 11 degrees N, longitude 60 degrees W.
I had access to beaches such as Arnos Vale Beach - great snorkelling, Englishman's Bay, Speyside Bay Beach, Pigeon Point Beach - kite-surfing, Parlatouvier Bay Beach, Stonehaven Beach, and Mount Irvine Beach.
There are two excellent golf courses in Tobago:
Mt Irvine Bay Golf Club
A magnificent 18 hole championship course on the grounds of an old plantation with Caribbean Sea views, featured in "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf" in 1969.
Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club
A modern course on an old sugar plantation, runs by the Atlantic Ocean past beaches, mangroves, wetlands and woodland copses and hosted the Tobago Plantations and Seniors Classic.
Watersports and Tours
The extreme sports lovers can enjoy Kite-Surfing, Water-Skiing, and Wake-Boarding. One can also partake in professional tours of the Caribbean Sea; snorkeling in the coral reefs, deep-sea fishing, glass-bottom boat trips, and swimming are some of the most enjoyable.
Tobago has the oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere, an excellent destination for Ecotourism. Visitors can hike and explore the waterfalls. Bird watchers can look out for any of the 210 recorded bird species such as the blue-backed mannakin, the rufous-tailed jacamar, buff-throated wood creeper, the barred antshrike and many more! You can watch the Giant Leatherback turtles nest on Stonehaven and Courland beaches between March and April.
History & Culture
Many forts of Tobago reflect some 300 years of a rich and varied history of war, pirate attacks and invasions. The Tobago Heritage Festival, takes place during July and August each year celebrates culture and features Tobagonian fare, goat and crab racing, contemporary choreography and musical arrangements.
Being multicultural benefits visitors of all backgrounds to satisfy their cullinary needs. Along with excellent restaurants and well stocked supermarkets, I had the opportunity to also buy fresh fish daily from the fishermen on the beach, sample local produce from Scarborough market or try tasty local dishes from the stalls at Store Bay Beach.
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