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Trinidad and Tobago are two islands joined as one nation with very different characters. Close to Venezuela, Trinidad is the busier of the two and the southernmost of all the West Indian islands. In the bustling capital, Port of Spain, on Trinidad's northwest coast, travelers will find some impressive examples of colonial and Renaissance-style architecture, as well as an eclectic cultural mix of Creoles, Africans, Amerindians, Europeans, and East Indians. Popular palm-fringed beaches are nearby and three forest-cloaked mountain ranges dissect the island, creating some striking landscapes. Naturally beautiful Tobago is Trinidad's less-developed younger sister. Rainforests, reefs, and beautiful white sand beaches are the prime attractions here with many opportunities for snorkeling and diving.Although the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is driven mainly by oil and natural gas production, rather than tourism, the islands attract many independent travelers who appreciate the unpretentious ambiance and dramatic topography. In particular, both islands are renowned for their excellent birding with many avian species from nearby South America enriching the biodiversity. Trinidad and Tobago is also famous for its Carnival. Held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, this flamboyant festival is an extravaganza of colorful costumes, limbo competitions, and contagious calypso and soca rhythms.

Tobago cruise port offering much more than your typical beach destination, Trinidad and Tobago boasts a range of wonderful things to see and do. It may be small in size and simple in demeanour, but there is certainly plenty to keep you occupied.

Renowned for its wildlife and a popular retreat for eco enthusiasts this visually beautiful and culturally rich destination boasts an array of activities from bird watching to hiking and trekking. Absorb the natural beauty of Tobago at Englishman's Bay, which is perched at the edge of the rainforest or be captivated by the energy of vibrant Trinidad. Head to Pirates Bay a charming and isolated desert island beach or go kayaking at Buccoo Reef.

Where You're Cruise Ship Dock
Scarborough Tobago most cruise ships visit the deep-port cruise terminal, Scarborough, around the southern coast of Tobago. The cruise-ship terminal, that is in the heart of town, rules the harbor. Most ships meet in the pier, however, many still anchor at the western tip from the island and take people to Pigeon Point (8 mi/13 km from Scarborough), where visitors will enjoy a balmy weather and palm-dotted beaches at close proximity to several holiday resorts. Within Scarborough's terminal are duty-free shops, local craft stores and music stores, travel operators along with a tourist office. To the outdoors of the building is an ice-cream parlor along with a small pub, both great places to catch up with fellow passengers before boarding the ship. 
 
Transportation
Blue Band Maxi taxis are the most popular form of transport; they have set routes and prices, but no schedule and are not reliable after 9pm. Regular taxis are identified with an 'H' on the number plate. Buses are run by PTSC from the terminal at Sangster's Hill in Scarborough. Cars can be rented from numerous companies with rates starting from $40 per day.
 
Things To See and Do 
Close to town is Pigeon Point beach which is great for sun-bathers. Fort King George is worth a visit for a historical perspective on the area, while nature lovers and tweeters will should visit the X rainforest reserve - the oldest protected forest in the western hemisphere - where among other treasures is the three-tiered Argyle waterfall can be seen. Off shore snorkeling is another good option. The are countless excellent beaches around the island

Fort King George
Perched atop a hill with scenic views of the capital and the Atlantic Ocean, this historic site offers insight into Tobago's history with well-preserved cannon emplacements, prisoner cells and barracks.Fort King George was built in 1779 and named in honor of King George III of England. It sits atop a hill, overlooking Scarborough. Surviving buildings include the officer's mess, which is now a craft shop; powder magazine; prison; and military hospital, which has been converted into a fine arts center. Another building houses the Tobago History Museum, which contains pre-Columbian artifacts and exhibits relating to the island's history, including weaponry, photographs and old maps. The site also encompasses a military cemetery and a 1950s lighthouse.
 
Kimme Sculpture Museum
This museum (luisekimme.com), beside the home of sculptor Luise Kimme, is near Mount Irvine and open to the public on Sundays or by appointment. Kimme's sculptures are portraits of Tobagonian people, created from whole tree trunks, and up to 100 artworks are on display, in addition to bronze casts and original drawings. There's a small admission fee.
 
Tobago Rainforest Reserve 
Established in 1764, the oldest protected forest reserve in the western hemisphere is located in the central ranges of Tobago. The reserve covers a third of the island.

Pigeon Point
The island's most famous beach boasts powdery white sand, leaning coconut palms, a shallow turquoise sea, and the famous thatch-roofed jetty. Ideal for windsurfers and shoppers alike.

Arnos Vale Waterwheel 
This well-preserved, 18th-century waterwheel sits on one of more than 100 sugar estates in Tobago. Today, it's the centerpiece of a nature park that includes a restaurant, museum, and small theater.

Nylon Pool
Just behind the Buccoo Reef is the Nylon Pool, an offshore sandbar that forms a natural, shallow swimming pool in the middle of the sea.

Tobago Cocoa Estate 
Cocoa has been a part of the development of Trinidad & Tobago for over 200 years. The Spaniards first planted it in 1525, but it wasn't until the 1700s that cocoa trade became operative.

Cultural Experience 
Tobago is an amalgamation of rich cultures, so enjoy them all with an entertaining folkloric show that will introduce you to the island's traditional music and dance.

Speyside waterwheel
Sugar was the key crop in Tobago from the time that Gedney Clarke, a British landowner, exported the first shipment in 1770. The cultivation, reaping and processing of sugar canes dominated all aspects of island life and culture into the early 1900s. Although very little sugar cane is now grown (and that only for consumption by the planters), the island is dotted with rusting machinery and crumbled stone walls – silent reminders of the sugar days. Near the village of Speyside, on the north-eastern tip of Tobago, you can see the ruins of a big iron waterwheel that once provided power for a thriving sugar plantation.

Kimme Museum, Bethel
Luise Kimme spent more than three decades defining the Tobagonian in her art. Her elongated and fanciful interpretations of the human figure were very distinctive, and pieces found their way into collections all over the world. The private museum and home of this German-born artist and sculptor, who died of cancer earlier this year, is known locally as Kimme Castle. It reflects the artist's vast imagination and creativity, and houses around 100 of her bold, wooden figures, as well as many of her other works, from bronzes to embroidery. www.luisekimme.com

Crusoe's Cave, Crown Point
In 1719, Daniel Defoe shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe on a desert island populated only by wild goats and fierce Amerindians, and gave the literary world its most famous castaway. Crusoe and his major-domo, Man Friday, lived on an island within sight of the 'great island of Trinidad' – and this could only be Tobago. A mere stone's throw from the airport, and a few minutes' walk from an old hotel that bears Crusoe's name, is a cave sunk into the limestone bluff overlooking the beach at Crown Point. This cavity is known as Crusoe's Cave and is best visited at low tide.

The grave of Gang Gang Sara, Golden Lane
In the tiny hamlet of Golden Lane, just off the main road on Tobago's wildly beautiful leeward coast, locals tell the story of a witch, Gang Gang Sara. She was a slave on a sugar plantation in the area and was reputed to be a necromancer. One day, so the story goes, she climbed a mighty kapok tree and attempted to fly back to Africa. But – having eaten salt – she had lost the power of flight, and so fell to earth and died. Her grave, and those of other plantation slaves, can be seen near the hamlet, and locals can point out Sara's burial place from the rest.

Fort James, Plymouth
Fort James is an 18th-century British coastal fortification that once defended the town of Plymouth, Tobago's former capital. Founded by Jacobus, or James, Duke of Courland, the fort sits atop several previous military structures, including the foundations of a blockhouse erected when the Dutch held sway over the island. The walls of the fort are constructed from hand-hewn limestone blocks, laid together without mortar. The location offers a stunning view over the blue waters and golden sands of Great Courland Bay.

Fort King George, Scarborough
Built during the 1770s, in the turbulent period when Tobago changed hands between the French and the British, Fort King George is perched on a high elevation, from where its silent cannons look down on the island's largest town, Scarborough. The fort has undergone a recent renovation and is home to the Tobago Museum. The small collection here features a fascinating array of old maps and colonial artefacts, as well as Amerindian remains, including several complete skeletons. The grounds of the fort are beautifully landscaped and are a good place from where to watch the sun set. 
• Tobago Museum is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm

Courland Monument, Plymouth
Plymouth was the site of the first European settlement in Tobago. In 1654, a small band of pioneers arrived on the island, sent by the Duke of Courland (Courland is now in western Latvia) to establish a foothold in the new world. This outpost suffered the ravages common to many early colonisers – namely disease and attacks by hostile native people. The Courlanders were ousted in the wake of squabbles over the island between English, French and Dutch powers. In 1978, the Latvian-American artist Janis Mintiks created a concrete minimalist structure of imposing proportions to mark the site of the Courland settlement.

Plymouth mystery tombstone
A short walk from Fort James is the sleepy village of Plymouth. Here, a tombstone bears an inscription that has mystified generations of locals and tourists alike – so much so that it has become a Tobagonian landmark. A memorial to Betty Stiven, records that she was the beloved wife of Alex B Stiven, and died on 25 November 1783 at the age of 23. Thereafter comes the cryptic statement "she was a mother without knowing it and a wife without letting her husband know it except by her kind indulgences to him".

Natural Attractions
Argyle Waterfall is Tobago's tallest cascade. The walk to the base of the falls is quite easy, with a wooden path, and you can hike to the upper levels with a guide. The waterfall is surrounded by tropical vegetation that is home to colorful exotic birds, and the second-level plateau contains a pool where you can swim. The Main Ridge Forest Preserve, which forms the island's spine, offers numerous walking trails for birding and nature watching. Resident species include armadillo, agouti, opossum, parrots and hummingbirds.
 
Beaches and Reefs
Tobago's coastline offers picturesque bays and beautiful beaches, with the main tourist beaches along the west coast. These are picture-perfect, with sparkling Caribbean waters and white sand beaches fringed with palm trees. Pigeon Point is a lively private resort with amenities including cafes, bars, shops and changing facilities, which charge a small fee for admission. Mount Irvine is a renowned surfing beach, and Store Bay is a departure point for Nanan's glass-bottom boat trips (cmvtravel.com) to Buccoo Reef, the largest and best-known of the reefs surrounding the island. View the undersea gardens with around 300 species of coral, giant sponges, sea ferns and sea whips, as well as a host of tropical fish.
 
Buccoo Reef  -- With a labyrinth of coral comprising 40 multi-colored species, Buccoo Reef remains a top attraction on the island.
 
Tobago may be the smaller of these two primary islands that consist of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It's located within the southern Caribbean Ocean, northeast from the island of Trinidad and southeast from Grenada. The area is outside the hurricane strip.
 
Most tourist attractions are clustered around the southwest from the island, near Crown Point, Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Buccoo Reef. El born has massive regions of sand and it is marked by resort style developments. Tobago has several pristine beaches around its shoreline, especially Castara, Bloody Bay, and Englishman's Bay.
 
Tobago is a much sought after diving location, as it is most southern location form the Caribbean island makes it a rich reef center. Scarborough may be the biggest town on Tobago, among the two islands from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is inhabited by about 17,000, almost one-third of people from the island. The city is centered by Fort King George, an 1700s fortification named for King George III which now also features a historic/historical museum.
 
If you want to reach the shore, just hail a cab at the port and visit Pigeon Point. There are bathroom facilities available, bar, food and a lot of shade if you want. In the beach, you can hire a boat to the reef to snorkel for about $15, but there's no diving in the beach. Try taking some towels along to keep you dry
 
While at Pigeon Point, visitors must not miss the spectacular glass bottom boat tour to Buccoo Reef and Nylon material Pool, which departs at 11.30 am
 
Pigeon Point Easy
Sea bathe or simply relax on a visit to Pigeon Point Beach, one of Tobago's most beautiful beaches.
 
Buccoo Reef  Nylon Pool Moderate level of activity
Cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat to Buccoo Reef, where you'll snorkel among colorful marine life, then set off to the shallow, crystal-clear waters of the Nylon Pool.

Tobago Cocoa Estate Moderate level of activity
Set off on this interesting walking tour of the Tobago Cocoa Estate, with the lush vegetation of the rain forest as your background. Hear the island's fascinating history of cocoa and learn about the tools used to produce its many products.

Tobago Rainforest Reserve & Eco-Hiking Tour
Take a guided hike in Tobago Rainforest Reserve, the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere. Keep your camera handy as this tour offers photo opportunities from start to finish.

Shopping
In Tobago's capital, Scarborough, you can visit the local market Monday to Saturday mornings. Scarborough's stores have a limited range of merchandise, more to tempt the browser than the serious shopper.
 
Farro's, Wilson Road (no phone), across from the marketplace, offers the tastiest condiments on the island, packed into little straw baskets for you to carry back home. Sample the delectable lime marmalade, any of the hot sauces, the guava jelly, and most definitely the homemade tamarind chutney.
 
If you're seeking handicrafts, especially straw baskets, head for the Shaadijas Souvenir & Gift Shop, Port Mall (tel. 868/660-1000), also in Scarborough.
 
Cotton House Fashion Studio, Old Windward Road, Bacolet (tel. 868/639-2727), is the island's best choice for "hands-on" appreciation of the fine art of batik. In the Indonesian tradition, melted wax is brushed onto fabric, resisting dyes and creating unusual colors and designs. This outlet contains the largest collection of batik clothing and wall hangings on Tobago. Dying techniques are demonstrated to visitors, who can then try their skills.
 
The Tobago Art Gallery, Hibiscus Drive, Lowlands (tel. 868/631-1424; www.tobagoartgallery.com), across from the Tobago Hilton, features the works of at least 10 artists. On permanent exhibit upstairs is a collection of island watercolors by Rachel Superville and her husband, Martin. Sculptures and a number of handicrafts are also sold here.





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