Tobago is a delightful island in the southern Caribbean. It is an escape from the hustle and bustle of Port of Spain for those from Trinidad and, served by Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Condor and Monarch as a major destination for those from outside the country. The west side of the island features beautiful beaches and the Bucco reef at Pigeon Point. The east side features unspoilt rainforest that are protected and is the oldest protected rainforest on the western Hemisphere.
The people talk English with a strong accent, a few dialect words and quite fast but after a few conversations you slowly start to understand what the people are saying.
Tobago has its own airport, at the south of the island. It receives flights from Port of Spain, several other Caribbean islands, and from London via BA scheduled flights (Thursdays and Mondays with a short stop in Antigua) and Virgin (fly Thursdays direct). Caribbean Airlines runs a weekly direct flight from Tobago to JFK on Sunday. There are also charter flights from Europe. The small departure lounge can get congested when the flights to Europe are leaving in the early evening.
The area around the airport is a typical tourist zone and you may wonder why you made the journey. But don't be put off. The rest of the island is a delight.
Taxis are available at the airport.
Vehicles can be rented, although the quality can sometime leave much to be desired. Driving around Tobago basically consists of taking the coastal road that circles the island, together with two or three east-west roads. Cars are right hand drive and you drive on the left.
The Mt. Irvine Bay Golf Course is said to be Tony Jacklin's favourite (remember him?!). It is a challenging weave in and out of coconut palms.
If you're staying on the more populous south end (near the airport), Pigeon Point is the more touristy beach, with a small admission fee, cabanas for rent, bar, espresso bar and snack bars. It's the one with the famous pier that's on every Trinidad and Tobago tourism brochure. And then there's more casual Store Bay, favoured by the locals and visiting Trinidadians. Bigger waves, firmer sand, less seaweed. You can easily sample both in one day, as they're about a 20-minute stroll apart.
A lot of cafes and restauants don't take European debit/credit cards, even if they have the sign in the window. The main problem seems to be with HSBC cards.