Tobago travel advice

Tobago travel advice

Tips from our friends in Tobago

Tips on where
to go in Tobago

Jason Radix is the general manager of Blue Waters Inn. He shares his Tobago travel advice:
“Come to Speyside! It’s one of the best kept secrets as most people go to the southwest side of the island, near the airport. Not as many people venture to the northeast, but It’s a place where most of the natural history of the island is concentrated. You have the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the Argyle Waterfall, several natural forested areas with a high diversity of flora and fauna. And of course, there are the marine sites, which are ideal for snorkelling and diving as well. Most of our healthiest reefs are here. We also have two islands – Little Tobago and Goat Island – which have a lot of history.”
Jason Radix, general manager, Blue Waters Inn
Jason speaks about the surrounding area of Speyside. [01:41]

Mia Persad-Douglas, from Footprints Eco Resort and Spa shares her top Tobago travel advice for foodies:
“The crab and dumpling is a specialty. It is quite a lot of work – so if you’re not into fighting for your food, then I recommend trying the conch instead – that is excellent. But we get all kinds of wonderful seafood. The fish is almost always fresh, there’s lobster, shrimp... As for fruits – just try all the fruits that are exotic to you at home, they taste so much more wonderful when they are picked off the trees. The sugars have had time to develop, and it’s a different experience. Even the bananas are amazing!”
Kaye is one of the owners of Native Abode, a family run guesthouse in Crown Point. She shares her Tobago travel advice:
“One of the things I would recommend is not just having a beach vacation but having a community experience. Interact more with locals and think “If I were a Tobagonian – what would I do, what would I see, what would eat? How would I live? Where would I live?” So I would encourage visitors to live with us in small community guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. I would encourage them to come and eat like us. Eat what we eat! Taste our crab and dumpling, taste our coconut bake, our soursop punches. I would also encourage them to come and see how our ancestors used to live: see the dance of the cocoa. Watch the fishermen pulling seine. And of course – they need to lime like us! Go on a river lime, try out Sunday School. Try the waterfalls. And at the end of the experience where you have lived like us – we will say you have become one of us!“
Tanya Clovis, from SOS Tobago, an NGO dedicated to the protection of sea turtles on Tobago, shares her Tobago travel advice for having the best – and most responsible – turtle watching experience:
“We recommend not bringing a camera – but just enjoying the experience. If a flash goes off it can really throw things off for the turtle and the rest of the turtle viewing crowd. Maintain a respectful distance from the turtle. When she is laying, if we have a manageable crowd, we take people closer to see the eggs actually dropping then leave her to cover and disguise her nest in peace. You want to wear comfortable clothes. The beach is uneven as there are nests all over the place. Darker coloured clothes are a good idea, light clothes pick up a lot of ambient light from the beach.”

Tobago tips from our travelers

Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Tobago travel advice that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
Take double the mosquito repellent you think you need. - Dominique Baal

We found the people courteous and charming. There were a few attempts to hustle us, but they were the exception. - Rosemary Brooke

When snorkelling, give turtles plenty of space to come up to take air, otherwise they can suffocate. - Mike Edwards

The high point was snorkelling with our guide – swimming with jellyfish and giant angelfish, coral reefs, hidden mysterious beaches. TIP – bring a little "GoPro" underwater camera to take astonishing undersea footage. - Judith Doyle

Within Castara village there is the opportunity to buy in the local stores, fish market etc. There is no real need to hire a car. If we went north or south we used the local bus. - Donald Dunlop

Take earplugs to make sure you get some sleep and don't get too disturbed by the cockerels and chacalacas because they wake up early! Don't go if you need constant activity/entertainment because there are not loads of things to do. Do go if you need a relaxing vacation, away from it all, in a village atmosphere. - Monique Smith

This isn't an exciting place to go! The beauty of the place is its wonderful tranquillity and lack of urgency. Most memorable moments included learning to play steel pan on the beach then being invited to hear how the professionals do it later that day. Other than that, the abiding memory is of relaxing in comfy chairs and watching the view - much better than telly! - Christine Mohamed
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Responsible Travel would like to thank Visit Tobago for their sponsorship of this guide

Photo credits: [Speyside: Tobago Tourist Board] [Dance of the cocoa: Vicki Brown] [Review 1 - Turtle eggs: Dave Lonsdale] [Review 2 - Paper money: Antoshka3032] [25 cents: Mark Morgan] [5 cents: Mark Morgan]
Written by Vicki Brown
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