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“Tobago, A New Package Holiday Destination”
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Fribourg, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
31 helpful votes
“Tobago, A New Package Holiday Destination”
Reviewed 6 February 2007

We always get bombarded with photos of palm trees hanging over the azur blue water and white sandy beaches, but for some reason we never get to see what's further aland. The world famous photo of the pier with the thatched hut at the end of it, is actually taken at Tobago's Crown Point's Pigeon Point at the very South Eastern tip of the Caribbean Island. What the photo doesn't show is the heards of sun hungry Europeans flocking the beach as sardines in a can fighting for the best spots to catch those priceless rays of sun.

Crown point's Pigeon Point is a picturesque beach with some great facilitles, fine white sand and palm trees, but that's also where it ends. It's very very windy at the opposite end of the "entrance" and overrun by wannabe water sport fanatics that show no respect to any other beach goers. Large "fishing" boats fishing for tourists speeds back and forth very close to the beach which makes it dangerous at times to be in the water. It also seems to be very cloudy at the point as the clouds come in from the rain forrest a few kilometers away. It's almost as a band of cluods keeps hitting the beach at Pigeon Point.

A bit closer to the entrance the beach get's packed during the day and is no better (even worse) than going to Spain during the high season, where you can't see the sand for the beach towels and sturdy northern Europeans with all their equipment. Also it cost TT$ 18 (EUR 2,50) which also should (in theroy) give you some privacy from the so-ever-annoying-I'll-never-stop-hasseling-you-to-buy-something-you-don't-want beach vendors.

Over all, all the beaches in the area around Crown Point (i.e. Pigeon Point and Store Beach etc) are like this except the public beaches in this area are even much much worse. In other words, a night mare.

If you get a car, you should go for the much less exploited beaches up the island. I guess most beaches are safe, but one should always be alert for unusual behaviour and deserted beaches. There is reason for this... Englishman's bay is among the better ones with a great little restaurant and non rip off prices on batik sarongs at the restaurant. Still you can't be 100% sure of not getting hassled by the local solitary playboy chatting up women in hope of some quick romance no matter if the person is there with her husband or boyfriend.

Restaurants are cheap and quite good value for money. So is the petrol (39 Eur Cents pr. liter) and pennysavers supermarket on the way to Scarborough from Crown Point. Service is very slow and to the outside world it doesn't seem very friendly, but it is.

We stayed in Tobago for 9 days and thank God that we had a car. The southern end of Tobago is turning into a nightmare of a tourist trap as we have seen in Thailand, Spain and Greece. We also quickly learnt to not to stop for anyone waveing theyr hands at the roadside as they most likely will try and "hijack" your car to go and see something that you can do for free, but pay them a huge tip for their services. Often you won't be told by them before its too late. I refused to pay for something I never in the first place asked for but nothing arrised other than some foul language.

Was also yelled at while driving through one of the small villages which wasn't very pleasant, but maybe it was just me being to picky...

Over all, I would probably not recommend Tobago as a holiday destination. You might as well go to Southern Europe for your fun in the sun and save you a bundle of cash. Tobago does have a few qualities if you make an effort, but I feel it is by far too over rated.

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5 Thank Cupart
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Orlando, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
69 helpful votes
“Tobago its great!!!”
Reviewed 4 December 2006

First of all I am from Trinidad which is the Sister Isle of Tobago and I'll tell you if you want a fun filled vacation Tobago is the place to be. During the year there are soo many ativities like Carnival in February, the Great Race in July/August and even the Tobago Heritiage Festival.

Other than that if you are looking for something other than activities Tobago has a lot of great sites one of my favourites is Fort King George boy is the sene beautiful from this point it's absolutely breath taking. The atmosphere on the whole is quite relaxed and the restuarants have great foods; there is the Inernational House of Pancakes and Cafe Coco both in Crown in the Crown point area.

The Beaches are beautiful and the great part is that there are beaches gentle enough for those who are not great swimmers and there are those available for water sports.

The way to get around is quite simple if you are unable to rent a car because taxi's are widely available and the fares are quite reasonable and the good part is that there are taxi services which you can call in order to take you around as well.

The shopping is okay cause there are malls in Scarbrough which is the Capital and its about 20mins drive from the Airport in Crown Point. There is also a new Shopping Complex on the Route to Scarbrough as well.

Tobago has many Forts and there is a Botanical Garder and a Museum in Scarbrough as well which you can visit for I believe was a small fee.

For me Tobago is just be go and be away from the hustle and bustle of Trinidad especially when you don't have a very long vacation period.

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5 Thank Viddhisama
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Northumberland/uk
2 reviews
10 helpful votes
“loved the island”
Reviewed 4 November 2006

Can i start by saying great place and great people.A couple of points that need to said .Pigeon Point beach a serious accident waiting to happen while i was there there were people swimming and people snorkling and jet ski's comming within 10 mtrs of the beach at very high speed .( this is a beach to be avioded .Also the high price of meals in some hotel restaraunts they are charging european prices for average food so check the price before ordering .Best place i found to eat the Italian place at the plantations hotel. also shore thing .Worst place Tartaruga in Bucco Village bad food at very high prices. ( great food and entertainment at the sunday school Bucco Village .Try the Island tours they are very good . Not worth hiring a car .

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bos
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
15 helpful votes
“Dont go to Tobago”
Reviewed 26 June 2006

DO NOT VISIT TOBAGO unless you wait at least eight years for the island to work extremely hard on their customer service skills. The island is tropical yes, however, there is an abundance of stray cats and dogs on the island which is pitiful. I recently returned from Tobago. Although the islanders are nice enough the Tourist Board should take note and work as hard as the other west indian islands do and make travellers feel welcome and not that we are causing a problem. Do not under any circumstances trust the airline TOBAGO EXPRESS. I will write about the travesty of this airline in my next review. I saw no public transport and its difficult to walk on the roads as they are unfinished and not safe. One good point - Sandy's B&B and the restaurant/bar Bonkers next door.

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5 Thank einnejjja
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
29 helpful votes
“The treasue that's Tobago”
Reviewed 6 July 2005

Had a fantastic time in this beatiful place. Relatively low tourism. South is nice but is the most touristy area. Get a car and get out - most amazing beaches and little towns up north where the locals are friendly, welcoming and helpful and you'll have a much better time than in the large hotels in the towns which harbour a 'them and us' mentality. Also much cheaper and authentic food and drink. Castares Bay - best village, Englishman's bay - best beach (only us on it one morning!)

Just remember some people are still quite poor so be street-wise: no bling, don't leave cameras etc on beach, don't display wads of cash and you'll be fine.

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