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About Tobago

Tobago, of volcanic origins with coral limestone in the south, lies 11°15'N, 60°40'W, slightly north of Trinidad and covers 116mi²/300km². The highest point in Tobago is Pigeon Peak at 1,804ft/550m. Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Columbus first sighted Tobago in 1498, but did not stop. He named it Bella Forma (Beautiful Shape). Its present name is corrupted from the word Tobacco which the then native Carib Indians grew.

Fun things to do: request a government appointed guide to explore the rainforests and protected species of birds, check out nesting leatherback turtles (April – July), enjoy diving, follow the story of the location of Walt Disney’s highest engrossing film of 1959 – Swiss Family Robinson. The script required imported animals - including eight dogs, two giant tortoises, forty monkeys, two elephants, six ostriches, four zebras, one hundred flamingos, six hyenas, two anacondas, and a tiger! The small neighbouring islands of Little Tobago and St. Giles Island support some of the best remaining dry forests which are important seabird nesting colonies.

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Sightseeing & Excursions

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Transport

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Events

Annual events

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Events in January

2-Jan-18 to 17-Feb-18
Carnival (Tobago)

The Tobago Carnival pre-season kicks off early, before Christmas, with a launch featuring a street parade in Scarborough of traditional mas characters (including speech bands — a cast of costumed characters who speechify in rhyme)

Events in Feburary

2-Jan-18 to 17-Feb-18
Carnival (Tobago)

The Tobago Carnival pre-season kicks off early, before Christmas, with a launch featuring a street parade in Scarborough of traditional mas characters (including speech bands — a cast of costumed characters who speechify in rhyme)

TBC to TBC
Carnival Regatta (Tobago)

Held at Pigeon Point Heritage Park near to Carnival (typically February), it’s also known as the “festival of wind”. It is a combination of four sailing categories: Optimists and Bum Boat sailing, as well as the more dynamic Windsurf and Kite Surfing classes.

12-Feb-18 to 12-Feb-18
Carnival Monday (Tobago)

Public Holiday

13-Feb-18 to 13-Feb-18
Carnival Tuesday (Tobago)

Public Holiday

Events in March

30-Mar-18 to 30-Mar-18
Good Friday (Tobago)

Public Holiday  A day of church services for all denominations throughout the island

Events in April

1-Apr-18 to 1-Apr-18
Easter Monday (Tobago)

Public Holiday 

26-Apr-18 to 29-Apr-18
Tobago Jazz Experience (Tobago)

A truly pan-Caribbean Jazz event with artists from Haiti, US Virgin Islands, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, aims to be one to remember.
More information

Events in May

15-May-18 to 19-May-18
Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament (Tobago)

19-May-18 to 19-May-18
Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Tobago)

at Grafton Beach

19-May-18 to 20-May-18
Tobago Sea to Sea Marathon (Tobago)

Run from the Caribbean sea to the Atlantic Ocean through Tobago's ancient rainforest, picturesque villages and the island's capital of Scarborough.
More information

17-Jun-18 to 17-Jun-18
Culinary Festival (Tobago)

The island’s best chefs, cooks, and bartenders demonstrate their skills in culinary and mixology contests. You are invited to sample all!

Events in June

21-May-18 to 21-May-18
Whit Monday (Tobago)

Public Holiday

TBC to TBC
Dragon Boat Festival (Tobago)

Each year on a weekend in mid-June at Pigeon Point, senior and junior teams from both islands compete for dragon-boating supremacy.

19-Jun-18 to 19-Jun-18
Labour Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

28-Jun-18 to 28-Jun-18
Fisherman’s Festivals (Tobago)

Like the harvest festivals, they begin with church services in the morning and end with eating, drinking, and partying into the night. The biggest celebration takes place at Charlotteville’s Man-o’-War Bay, with smaller festivities taking place up and down the coast.

Events in July

16-Jul-18 to 1-Aug-18
Heritage Festival (Tobago)

The festival takes you from village to village each evening, with communities showcasing dance, drama, music, and culinary traditions. Drag yuh bow, Mista Fiddla!
More information

Events in August

16-Jul-18 to 1-Aug-18
Heritage Festival (Tobago)

The festival takes you from village to village each evening, with communities showcasing dance, drama, music, and culinary traditions. Drag yuh bow, Mista Fiddla!
More information

1-Aug-18 to 1-Aug-18
Emancipation Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

17-Aug-18 to 25-Aug-18
ITF Tobago Tennis Tournament (Tobago)

31-Aug-18 to 31-Aug-18
Independence Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

Events in September

24-Sep-18 to 24-Sep-18
Republic Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

Events in October

3-Oct-18 to 7-Oct-18
Tobago International Cycling Classic (Tobago)

13-Oct-18 to 14-Oct-18
Tobago Open Golf Tournament (Tobago)

Events in November

7-Nov-18 to 7-Nov-18
Diwali (Tobago)

Public Holiday

18-Nov-18 to 18-Nov-18
Scarborough Harvest Festival (Tobago)

Events in December

4-Dec-18 to 4-Dec-18
Tobago Day (Tobago)

25-Dec-18 to 25-Dec-18
Christmas Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

26-Dec-18 to 26-Dec-18
Boxing Day (Tobago)

Public Holiday

30-Dec-18 to 30-Dec-18
Tobago Annual Colours Kite Festival (Tobago)

History and Culture

Tobago was settled over 2,500 years ago by Amerindians. Tobago was soon seen as a valuable strategic harbour with excellent agricultural assets by its recent European arrivals. Walt Disney’s scouts found Tobago exciting for another reason – the best location for the film The Swiss Family Robinson (a book written by Johann David Wyss). This is a story of a marooned family and their adventures. Their film tree house was destroyed in a hurricane but the proud 200 foot saman tree in the Goldsborough Bay area still remains standing.

A new era

Not surprisingly, as was customary during this period by nations seeking to cash in, Tobago was “discovered” by the English in 1508 and was then fought over by the Dutch, Spanish, English, French and was also settled by Latvians and buccaneers (and some others too) well into the 18th Century. To be precise, the island changed hands 33 times! The place names bear witness to its bellicose and politically colourful past. It was ceded to the English in 1814 in the Treaty of Paris. In 1888 it was officially amalgamated with its larger island neighbour, Trinidad, in order to achieve greater financial stability for the island. In 1962 both Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Britain and finally became a republic in 1976.

Tobago is now almost wholly dependent on tourism. The straightforward, genuine, unaffected friendliness of its people, its unique unspoiled beauty, rain forests, diverse & exotic birdlife has gained the reputation for being the archetypal tropical island as portrayed in Daniel Dafoe’s 1791 novel, ‘Robinson Crusoe’.