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A Tobago Vacation, What To See And Do - Articles Surfing
It doesn't matter whether you stay in a grand five star all inclusive hotel or a guest house, Tobago has a lot going for it, and much to see and do.
At 8 miles wide and 26 miles long, you would think that you would be able to get around most of the Island in a day, but this just isn't the case. You see one of the charms of Tobago is its almost complete lack of any kind of infrastructure at all. The roads are full of potholes, and you either complain about it, or hire a 4 x 4 and have a great time dodging around the potholes, or perhaps going through them if they are full after a rain shower!!
So where are the best places to visit?
There is no doubt that the southwest lowlands are where all the development is centred.
Crown Point International Airport is here, and a few smart hotels along the Caribbean coast.
There is Buccoo Reef, Pigeon Point and Store Bay with its fine white sand beaches, and finally the colourful capital city Scarborough with its exciting port.
Definitely a trip across to the south coast of Tobago is more than worthwhile. Here the shore is pounded by the Atlantic Ocean with its big swell and breakers. Villages like Speyside are just one of the places to visit.
Moving north, the Caribbean Coast has many beautiful coral sand beaches such as Englishman's Bay, Bloody Bay, Castara, and Parlatuvier, and the crowds are definitely absent here. The most northerly village Charlotteville is at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, and here there are good coal reefs, some within swimming distance of the beach
On the east side of Tobago, there is a rapid rise into the hills which are known as the Central Main Ridge, which is where you will find the main rainforest, which then falls away quite sharply to the sea with its palm fringed sandy beaches.
If you are a naturalist or a birdwatcher then the moisture soaked misty rainforest is a paradise waiting to be explored.
Birdwatchers also need to be taken to Little Tobago just over a mile off shore and just over a mile long. It is uninhabited, and is a seabird sanctuary off the coast at Speyside.
You can see that Tobago has something for just about everyone. From bird watchers to sun worshippers; foodies to beach bums; people watchers to surfers; romantics to the young with no money.
Tobago is a wonderful place where you are quickly taken back to a time where life was conducted in a right and proper way. A place where children have respect for their elders, where church on Sunday is an accepted part of life, and the land is given priority over profiteering.
Take a vacation in Tobago, and see for yourself.
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