Our bird watching in Trinidad and Tobago guide takes you around some of the best birding spots. It really is worth taking two weeks to enjoy both islands, each varying in topography and habitats. Trinidadís wetlands are stunning, and Tobagoís Forest Reserve is one of the oldest protected rainforests in the world. All in a tiny country with many accessible spots that are delightfully unspoiled by tourism.
Discover the true heart of Tobago, beyond its beaches
Who doesn't love a picture-perfect beach? Tobago is certainly blessed with them in abundance, which is probably what attracted you to this idyllic Caribbean destination in the first place, right? But when your camera is full of turquoise waters and palm-fringed white sands, how about adding a little cultural colour to your photographic memories? Because, unlike many Caribbean islands, Tobago's beaches are not its main attraction, but merely one element of what makes the island so appealing. The little-known fact is, Tobago's gems extend beyond its shores; indeed, for the inquisitive traveler, a multitude of hidden treats await you on this beautiful island.
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Cheno, manager of Castara Coffee Shop
Cheno talks about the food, atmosphere and music at Castara Coffee Shop. [00:34]
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Newton George, wildlife guide
Listen to Newton speak about what kind of birds you can see in Tobago. [01:39]
From Main Ridge it's a short leap into the dazzling waters around Speyside and Little Tobago. Whether you're a certified diver or an intrigued novice, you need nothing more than a snorkel to appreciate the spectacular underwater ecosystem created by the coral reef which fringes Tobago. Manta rays, barracudas, sea turtles and harmless black tipped reef sharks co-exist in these warm waters, along with all manner of tropical fish. Addiction alert: once you've glimpsed this underwater world, it can easily become an obsession. Jacques Cousteau wannabes should consider a trip out to the Buccoo Reef, a protected marine park just off the coast of Pigeon Point and one of the most easily accessible reefs in the Caribbean. And what's more, Jacques Cousteau himself rated it as the third most spectacular reef in the world. Choose your dive school carefully, and ask questions about the fish and environment you will see, so next time you dive beneath the surface you'll have a better understanding of the marine paradise surrounding you.
Back on dry land there are numerous ways to satisfy your hunger, and when it comes to cuisine the key word is local. Think seasonal produce, catch of the day, spicy influences from Africa and India, plus a whole lotta Creole soul. For an authentic bite, hit the street stalls at Store Bay Beach Facility, where kiosks sell boxes of homemade fare such as curry, roti and saltfish. Other dishes served in restaurants include crab and dumplings, slow-cooked spiced stew and every type of seafood imaginable, accompanied by plantain or coconut rice. Most menus feature curiously-named dishes like doubles or callaloo which beg to be discovered, whilst coconut bake and tropical fruit will cure any sweet cravings.
Alison Sardinha, owner of the Blue Crab Restaurant
Listen to Alison talking about her restaurant and the food she prepares. [01:41]
All this washes down rather nicely with locally-produced rum (purely in the name of authenticity, of course) and should you find yourself reviewing your vacation snaps after dinner, they will reflect an island beyond beaches, in which you discovered the true heart of Tobago, from core to coast.
Responsible Travel would like to thank Visit Tobago for their sponsorship of this guide.
More about Tobago
January to March are often considered the best times to visit Tobago - they are drier and slightly cooler than the summer months.
As our Tobago travel guide reveals, this is the Caribbean as it once was, with a focus on nature, culture and relaxation, and a model for the future.
Our interactive map shows you where to go in Tobago - though as the island is so compact, you won't have to make too many tough choices.
There is no shortage of things to do in Tobago whether you're after an active vacation, a relaxing tropical beach stay, or to explore its wildlife.
Traveling in Tobago with kids is an absolute delight, with friendly guesthouses and a wide range of fun family-friendly activities.
Tobago's coastline may not be huge, but traveling along it is like working your way through an encyclopaedia of beaches.
Bird watching in Tobago is a treat with superb guides taking you to the rainforests and offshore islands to find upwards some 220 species.
As you would expect form an island that has protected its forest since 1776, nature and wildlife in Tobago is highly treasured.
Culture and music in Tobago takes center stage - think calypso, steelpan and limbo - or limin' - simply chilling out.
Our Tobago Top Ten is a roundup of our favourite things to see and do on the island - though it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten!
Watersports in Tobago can be as active or relaxing as you wish, whether on a glass bottomed boat or getting closer to marine life by scuba diving.
Tobago may be in the Caribbean but there is much to do beyond the beaches, from walking trails to mountain biking and yoga retreats.
There's a good chance your vacation will coincide with one of the many festivals and events in Tobago.
The food in Tobago is a mouthwatering medley of Caribbean, Latin American and African ingredients and recipes.
Tobago's history and heritage is everywhere, with forts, cannon and monuments memorialising battles that played out on this island over centuries.
Clean, green and serene, Tobago benefits from respectful tourism - conservation and social projects in Tobago help keep paradise, paradise.
Our guide to Tobago accommodation reveals a world detached from the traditional Caribbean concept of gated off luxury and all inclusive resorts.
We visited Tobago to meet hotel and guesthouse owners, and sea turtle conservationists to ask them for their top Tobago travel advice.
Flying to Tobago with British Airways is convenient with weekly direct flights departing from Gatwick, and more frequent flights to Trinidad.
The Tobago Tourism Board share their thoughts on responsible tourism in Tobago and how it creates a unique experience for travelers.