Things to do in Tobago


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The words “active” and “Caribbean vacation” may seem like contradictions, but if you want to sunbathe on a palm-tree draped beach, there are plenty of other tropical islands where you can do that. Tobago is the Caribbean beyond the beaches – a place designed to do, to see, to meet and to learn – though fortunately it still boasts many superb bays of its own where you can flop with a cocktail at the end of a hot day of island exploration.

The wonderful thing about Tobago is that there is so much overlap between activities – you never do one thing in isolationBoat tours double up as snorkelling and – if you’re lucky – turtle or dolphin watching trips. Waterfall treks are the perfect time to count as many species of native birds as you can. You can cycle the coastal road, pausing at each beautiful bay along the way around. And every music and dance event is a chance to chat with the locals and sample some superb street food – as well as the local cocktails, made with TnT Angostura bitters or coconut rum.

Funnily enough, Tobago’s treasure trove of activities may well come from the fact that is has never really had its own tourism makeover in the style of Barbados or the Bahamas. It’s raw and real, with forts and fetes, coral and cascades, which have not been scrubbed away to make way for infinity pools, swim-up bars or manicured lawns. What’s more, you’ll have a local guide who likely grew up in the region where you’re taking the tour, meaning you won’t just be told about the birds and culture – but about how it was to spend a childhood getting washed in the waterfall, or harvesting cocoa, or hauling in nets full of fish. Tobago is a weighty storybook of untold tales – and it’s well worth taking the time to flick through its pages.
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Responsible Travel would like to thank Visit Tobago for their sponsorship of this guide

Photo credits: [Activities box - floating with flippers: Jason Pratt] [Culture box - steelpan music: Vicki Brown] [Nature box - colourful bird & Traveling with conscience box: Tobago Tourist Board]
Written by Vicki Brown
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